NFL: Green Bay Packers on fire, Tampa Bay Bucs and Las Vegas Raiders looking strong
Once again, it was another eventful round of NFL action last weekend. Green Bay Packers proved too strong for the Chicago Bears, while the Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers grabbed wins in overtime. In our preview, we will assess three clashes taking place this weekend — Packers v Washington, Tampa Bay Buccaneers v Bears, and Las Vegas Raiders v Philadelphia Eagles. Check out our thoughts below.
Green Bay Packers continue winning run as Aaron Rodgers ‘owns Bears’
After an indifferent display in their opening game of the NFL campaign, the Packers have picked up the pace, and they look a completely different proposition. After surviving a bruising first-half, Aaron Rodgers picked apart the Bears’ defence by throwing two touchdown passes and ran in a score himself to steer the Packers to a 10-point win.
Rodgers taunted the Bears supporters as he shouted at the pitch side cameras: “I still own you. I still own you.” The victory was Rodgers’ 22nd over the Bears, and his 22-5 record against the Bears gives him a winning percentage (.815) — the third best of any quarterback against a single opponent. Only Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger have experienced more success against one team.
Matt Nagy unbothered by Aaron Rodgers’ reaction against the Bears
Once again, Rodgers turned in a superlative display against the Bears, as he was 17-of-23 for 195 yards, and it was Rodgers’ 29th game in which he had a passing and rushing touchdown. Although Rodgers was animated after the game, Bears head coach Matt Nagy didn’t take offence. He said: “I just think we worry about what we do. I didn’t see any of that.”
Washington left reeling after being put to the sword by Kansas City Chiefs
After such a fabulous campaign last season, Washington’s record has slumped to 2-4 after six games. They were very much second fiddle against the Kansas City Chiefs last weekend as they suffered a 31-13 defeat, and they have the worst record in the NFL this season for scoring defence. They have to get their act together, or they will be torn apart by the Packers.
Tom Brady brushes aside injury worries as Tampa Bay Bucs roll past Philadelphia Eagles
There’s virtually never a week that goes by when we don’t talk about Tom Brady! Although Brady sustained a thumb injury recently, he threw for two touchdowns as the Bucs claimed a 28-22 victory over the Eagles. Brady recently became the NFL’s leading passer, and against the Eagles, he connected on 34 of 42 passes for 297 yards.
Tampa Bay Bucs racking up some impressive stats
While Brady will get a lot of adulation, the Bucs have been prolific, and it is one of their best starts to a campaign. Indeed, the Bucs have never scored as many points (195) at this stage of a season, and they have only had more yards at this point in one other campaign.
The Bucs were handed a boost earlier this week after activating second-year guard John Molchon from injury reserve. Having begun the campaign with a knee injury, the Bucs cleared a spot on their 53-man roster by releasing wide receiver Jaydon Mickens. Molchon has now joined outside linebacker Cam Gill in returning from injured reserve.
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Meanwhile, the Bears whose record currently stands at 3-3 have struggled with their new offensive identity. The Bears aren’t set up to play from behind and win offensive shootouts. So far. they are 30th in points scored, and they have managed just one 300-point yard offensive performance this season. They could come unstuck against the Bucs if they don’t improve in this regard.
Las Vegas Raiders move on from Jon Gruden in bounce-back win over Denver Broncos
Just a few days after Jon Gruden handed in his resignation, the Las Vegas Raiders turned in a convincing display as they clinched a 34-24 victory over the Denver Broncos last weekend. While Derek Carr only completed 18 passes, he still wound up with 341 yards and two touchdowns. Carr and Gruden didn’t see eye-to-eye, but this is a brave new era for the Raiders.
Meanwhile, Sunday’s opponents, the Eagles, are 2-4 from their first six games this campaign. Nevertheless, they will be buoyed by the return of Sua Opeta, who went on the COVID list earlier this month. However, he will be back to face the Raiders, and he will give the Eagles’ offensive line more dynamism.
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