Down goes Hollywood, the Packers traveled to Tampa Bay and beat Tom Brady and the Buccaneers in a low-scoring showdown. Time to look at who was named the Packers’ offensive player of the game.
It was a hot one in Tampa, Florida as the two elite quarterbacks faced off, Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady. Neither team could really move the ball on offenses but there were flashes of greatness here and there. The defenses both came to play, which restricted what happened on the offense and didn’t allow any big plays on the field. Even with the low scoring, both quarterbacks spread the ball around evenly but the Packers had one clear offensive player of the game.
Packers Offensive Player Of The Game: Romeo Doubs, WR
The Packers’ fourth-round rookie wide receiver stole the show during the primetime game on Sunday. Romeo Doubs was asked to step up after teammates Sammy Watkins and Christian Watson were ruled out for the contest. He stepped up and hit a home run during this game. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers targeted Doubs a team-high eight times and he came down with all eight. In addition to those eight receptions, he compiled 73 yards and added a touchdown on the first drive of the game. The Packers have a history of hitting the jackpot on rookie wide receivers drafted in the later rounds, could Romeo Doubs be the next Jordy Nelson or Greg Jennings?
Prior to the Packers’ Week three game, Doubs had only been targeted eight times over the first two games. In those two games, he had 6 receptions for 64 yards and zero touchdowns. Week three was definitely the highlight of his NFL career but it doesn’t have to stop there. After catching everything that Rodgers threw at him, Rodgers will focus on getting him the ball more with that added trust. Prior to Week three, Sammy Watkins was placed on the injured reserve with a hamstring injury, so look for Doubs to continue to be a part of the Packers’ offense going forward.
Packers Other Notable Offensive Players
During the first two weeks of the season, the running backs received all of the attention for yards and MVP consideration. This time around, it was the receivers that were the highlight of the game as the running game was halted by the stout Buccaneers’ defense. Allen Lazard and Robert Tonyan were the other two main components of the Packers that helped move the ball downfield. Wide receiver Lazard caught Rodgers’ second touchdown pass of the first half and caught four passes for 45 yards. Tight end Robert Tonyan was the short yardage receiver of the game as he bailed out Rodgers several times.
Tonyan had six receptions on seven targets for 37 yards. As Tonyan is still working his way back from the knee injury last season, it was a positive sign to see him in the game more and being the safety blanket for the Packers offense. Fantasy managers are also happy to see him rack up those PPR stats. He’s a long way away from being a top-five tight end again, as he was in 2020 when he dominated. Hopefully, by Week five, both Allen Lazard and Robert Tonyan are back to full health. Who knows, Romeo Doubs may have stolen the number one wide receiver role by then.
Packers Offense: What To Look For In Week Four
With Week three now in the books and the Packers second place in the NFC North at 2-1, can the Packers get their third win in a row at home against the New England Patriots? The Patriots will be without their starting quarterback Mac Jones so the defense should be able to feast on whoever plays as the backup. The Patriots’ defense has been lackluster compared to recent years so the offense should also find success. Green Bay opened up as 10.5-point favorites at home with an over-under of 39.5 points.
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