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Aaron Rodgers has some ideas on how Packers can beat Buccaneers

Aaron Rodgers has a formula he believes could lead the Green Bay Packers to a statement win in Tampa Bay on Sunday.

How will the Packers beat the undefeated Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium in Week 3? Play great defense, protect the ball, avoid negative actions and mistakes, and lean on the game, according to Rodgers.

“I think it’s very important for our defense to come forward and put in a solid performance and set the tone for us on the road,” Rodgers said on Wednesday. “Offensively we will have to take care of the football, and sometimes be methodical, have a high completion rate, and then be able to run the ball.”

Rodgers mentioned the Packers’ defeat in 2020 at Tampa Bay when he completed just 16 of 35 passes, threw two turnovers and took four sacks in a 38-10 loss. He specifically mentioned protecting the ball and playing on time in the passes as keys to himself against the Bucs.

In three of his four games in his Tampa Bay career, Rodgers has thrown multiple interceptions and taken at least three sacks. Twice he has completed less than 50 percent of his steps.

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The reigning MVP understands the next challenge ahead. The Bucs defense is brimming with talent and Rodgers has a lot of respect for playcaller Todd Bowles.

“Their defense is fantastic,” said Rodgers. “Two great guys inside. Great front. Really solid back end. And a great guy calling it. Recipe for a lot of potential to consistently stop people. Bagged first, forced six turnovers, 13 points total. They have started the season very well.”

The Bucs were first in points allowed, sacks and points added, third in yards allowed per game, tied for third in takeaways, second in opponent’s passer rating, and tied for second (with the Packers) in first allowed downs.

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More broadly, Rodgers says the Packers need to avoid some of the unforced fouls that plagued the offense during the first two games of 2022.

“This is a solid defense, but we have the right concepts and the right schedules to move the ball against everyone. A lot of times we just sit in our own way. That’s what we’ve been doing too many times in the first two weeks.” Rodgers.

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