Except for delusional fans of both Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers, no one would have expected a barnburner on Sunday.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ offense has been decimated by injury—especially the offensive line—and the Green Bay Packers are still figuring out how to function as a run-first team. Rodgers was rapidly turning 40, and long after Brady left that milestone in his rearview mirror, there was a good chance that his Week 3 Magi matchup in Florida would be heavy as moisture.
Brady’s Buccaneers lost 14-12 to the Rodgers Packers. Brady is the gold standard for longevity and winning in the NFL, and Rodgers helped Wisconsin quickly outdo his previous legendary quarterback — Brett Favre, who is currently embroiled in a scandal involving misappropriated funds from the government in Mississippi. .
These two quarterbacks are the NFL’s featured faces in the new millennium. They are both underdog stories, with Rodgers in the 2005 NFL Draft as the man who had to wait longer than expected for his name to appear, and certainly no one expected Brady to have an NFL career. When he was drafted in the sixth round in 2000.
It took the Buccaneers almost an entire game to score six points on a game on Sunday. He scored his only touchdown of the game with 18 seconds to spare. And the Packers, they won’t score a touchdown after less than nine minutes into the second quarter.
This game was a particularly late afternoon matchup. Brady and Rodgers. They don’t play against each other very often, so certainly those two names are a great choice for Fox as the network’s featured matchup for the week.
Brady led the Buccaneers down the field for that final drive, the highlight of late Sunday’s games, but that matchup failed to produce a touchdown until hours later. Geno Smith vs Marcus Mariota was a far more entertaining quarterback duel.
The Buccaneers and Packers are both 2-1, but their seasons appear to be headed in opposite directions. Even though the Buccaneers beat the Saints on the street last week, Brady looked like he wasn’t having any fun. He was slamming bullets and started a brawl that led to the suspension of one of his best offensive weapons for this week’s game.
The love of the sport is believed to have brought Brady back to the field after the shortest retirement in the history of professional sports. Less than a month into this season, Brady looked miserable on the field. The Buccaneers will probably win the NFC South, as one team literally has to win the division and the other is quarterbacked by Mariota, Jamies Winston and Baker Mayfield, but we may finally see Brady hanging on for a year too long.
Rogers and the Packers are in far better shape. With David Bakhtiari finally returning to his position on the left tackle after two seasons of injury handling, the Packers are in full force. That offensive line is going to open up some big holes for the Packers rushing attack, which may be the best in the NFL that doesn’t include Lamar Jackson. He also has a defense that hasn’t allowed an opponent to break 25 points so far this season.
While the Packers and the Buccaneers have a similar record, they seem to be a team going in different directions. The Packers are adapting to a new reality, while the Buccaneers are seen fighting through them. It all came together for one ugly game with a dramatic ending on Sunday.
Brady vs. Rodgers, a disappointment, The NFL is truly entering a new era.