Bucs batter Rodgers, Packers in 30-21 win

Aaron RodgersThe Buccaneers won for the third straight week, beating the Packers 30-21 in Tampa Bay on Sunday. Ernest Graham rushed for 111 yards and added a touchdown with only two minutes remaining in the fourth quarter to put the game away.

The Bucs flustered Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers all game and forced the first-year starter into three interceptions. The most crucial turnover came with just over two minutes to play and the Packers down 21-20. Rodgers took a massive hit in pocket, which forced his pass intended for Donald Driver to float and was intercepted by DE Gaines Adams.

The biggest issue right now for the Packers is the lack of a running game. In back to back losses the past two weeks, Ryan Grant (20 rush yards) has been a ghost. Whether the offensive line is failing to open holes or Grant has just been that ineffective, the Packers’ running game has been nonexistent. And Rodgers has suffered because of it as defenses don’t have to honor the run and are sending extra rushers.

For Tampa, Brian Greise (15 of 30, 149 yards, 1 TD, 3 INTs) wasn’t as good as he was last week in Chicago, but Graham and Warrick Dunn picked up the slack. And since losing their opener to the Saints in New Orleans, the Bucs’ defense has been fantastic. They’ve done a great job taking away opponents’ running games and overall, Monte Kiffin’s unit has played incredibly physical. With the Bucs and Panthers both at 3-1 and the Falcons and Saints at 2-2, the NFC South looks like a better division than what most expected.

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