The Green Bay Packers square off against the Buccaneers in Tampa on Sunday and Matt LaFleur’s attack has been a well-oiled machine.
They have been pretty impressive and that may be an understatement. A year ago, the Green Bay Packers were led by first-time NFL head coach Matt LaFleur. The club finished 13-3 and won the NFC North and even reached the conference championship game before succumbing to the San Francisco 49ers. But the team certainly had its issues on defense and on the other side of the ball, the Pack’s attack did just enough to win the game but seemed to fade as the year went.
Of course, four games does not a season make. But the Packers’ offense has been extremely impressive in so many ways. Five weeks into NFL 2020, only the Dallas Cowboys were averaging more total yards per game. LaFleur’s team was fifth in the league in rushing and third in passing. Green Bay’s offensive unit has totaled 17 touchdowns in four outings. The Pack has scored 152 points during their 4-0 start. A season ago, the team came away with only 150 points in the final regular-season outings.
But wait, there’s more. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers is hitting on 70.5 percent of his throws for 1,214 yards and 13 scores without an interception. In fact, the Packers have not committed a turnover in four games this season, and running back Aaron Jones – who has already scored six touchdowns this year – has the team’s only fumble. And Rodgers has only been sacked three times this year. Green Bay has totaled at least 30 points in each of their four outings in 2020.
But on Sunday afternoon at Raymond James Stadium, the NFC North leaders could see some damage done to those impressive offensive numbers. The 3-2 Buccaneers have totaled 17 sacks and forced nine turnovers. Their defensive unit has surrendered only 11 offensive TDs in five contests. Veteran Jason Pierre-Paul leads the club with four quarterback traps. Can LaFleur’s club avoid making any mistakes and solve the Bucs’ defense? It makes for an intriguing afternoon in Tampa.