The Buccaneers are one in all seven groups to start out the season undefeated. In week one, they defeated the Dallas Cowboys, permitting solely three factors. In week two, they dominated as soon as once more, beating the New Orleans Saints 20-10.
That is a mean of 6.5 factors per sport, all whereas boasting the league’s prime scoring protection via two weeks. The Bucs should not a simple staff to beat, because of a heavyweight QB in Brady, robust defensive core, and the mastermind of Todd Bowles.
The Packers’ begin to the season has gone slightly in another way. They dropped an embarrassing loss to the Minnesota Vikings in week one, scoring simply seven factors.
In week two, they notched their first win of the season over the Chicago Bears to separate their report at .500. Towards the Bears, Rodgers went 19-of-25 for 234 yards, two touchdowns, and no interceptions.
Though an enormous enchancment over the catastrophe towards Minnesota, Rodgers was disenchanted in his efficiency and famous he would want to enhance to compete with Tampa Bay.
Tampa Bay’s powerhouse protection will likely be throughout Rodgers on Sunday. By two weeks, the Bucs have collected a league-leading ten sacks and are tied for third with six interceptions.
The Packers have seen dominance like this earlier than, for so long as Bowles has manned the Buccaneers.
Within the groups’ two conferences with Bowles as head coach, Rodgers was sacked 9 instances, 5 of these occurring within the 2020 NFC Championship that earned the Bucs a visit to the Tremendous Bowl.
Sunday will not simply be a quarterback battle. Each groups’ run sport will likely be aptly examined. Brady might be with out his finest vast receivers, with Mike Evans suspended, and Chris Godwin and Julio Jones injured.
Rodgers remains to be fighting the absence of Davante Adams, and three receivers missed Thursday’s apply on account of harm (Sammy Watkins, Christian Watson, and Allen Lazard).
A win for both aspect will present momentum, essential for any staff at this stage of the season.
The Bucs would stay undefeated, 3-0 getting into one more robust quarterback matchup towards Patrick Mahomes’ Chiefs.
The Packers would construct on final week’s win towards the Bears heading into a really winnable week 4 assembly with the New England Patriots.
For Brady and Rodgers, the sport will not affect the person legacies these gamers depart behind. However, it might function a correct farewell if one or each gamers retire within the close to future.
The rivalry between these two athletes exists primarily within the report books and of their legacies, moderately than on the sphere.
The pair has competed as starters simply 4 instances, three of which gained by Brady. Rodgers’ solely win got here of their first assembly again in 2014.
Regardless of their restricted on-field contests, the names Brady and Rodgers constantly inhabit the identical conversations about who’s the most effective quarterback of their technology.
Brady dominates the numbers class, boasting the NFL’s all-time report in championships gained, Tremendous Bowl MVPs, video games gained, landing passes, and passing yards.
Rodgers, however, is usually described because the extra environment friendly quarterback. He holds extra MVP awards (4 to Brady’s three) and the most effective touchdown-to-interception ratio ever. A consensus amongst soccer followers: their particular person types of play make them nice for various causes.
The 2 stars battle it out this Sunday at Raymond James Stadium, 4:25 ET.
Los Angeles Rams vs. Arizona Cardinals
This week, the reigning Tremendous Bowl Champion Rams and Cardinals vie for a leg up within the NFC West.
The Cardinals enter the matchup driving the excessive of week two’s enormous comeback time beyond regulation win over the Las Vegas Raiders. The Rams have been practically on the other aspect of such a comeback in week two, combating off a fourth-quarter surge from the Atlanta Falcons to win 31-27.
The battle of this sport would be the Rams’ high-powered protection towards the Cardinals high-powered offense. The Rams are tied for the NFL lead with seven takeaways. The Cardinals have just one giveaway, tied for fewest within the league.
Kickoff is about for Sunday, 4:25 ET.
Comebacks and shut video games
Final weekend, for the primary time in 30 years, three groups (the Cardinals, the Dolphins, and the Jets) overcame fourth-quarter deficits of 13-or-more factors to win.
The Bengals and the Falcons got here extremely near this feat, closing the hole on steep deficits and coming just some factors shy of a comeback win.
And it is not simply the loopy comebacks which were shut wins. Actually, we have seen extra shut video games than ever this early in a season. 12 video games have already been determined by three factors or fewer, greater than any earlier NFL season via two weeks.
The way to Watch
Here is the best way to catch these groups and others throughout the league in motion, from wherever you’re.
Australia: NFL Recreation Go, ESPN, 7Plus
Brazil: NFL Recreation Go, ESPN
Canada: CTV, TSN, RDS, NFL Recreation Go on DAZN
Germany: NFL Recreation Go, ProSieben MAXX, DAZN
Mexico: NFL Recreation Go, TUDN, ESPN, Fox Sports activities, Sky Sports activities
UK: NFL Recreation Go, Sky Sports activities, ITV, Channel 5
US: NFL Recreation Go, CBS Sports activities, Fox Sports activities, ESPN, Amazon Prime