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TJ's 3 Takeaways from TB-GB


Behind the scenes photos from the Buccaneers vs. Packers game at Raymond James Stadium.

  1. Great Goal Line Stand** After the Packers had marched almost 70 yards down the field and chewed up close to eight minutes of the third quarter, the Bucs D kept it a one-score game with a tremendous goal line stand at the one-yard line. The second-and-one play from the one was stopped when DT Akeem Spence met Eddie Lacy in the hole. On third-and-one, it was the tandem of DL DaQuan Bowers and LB Lavonte David who stuffed John Kuhn "high/low" short of the goal line. Finally, with Green Bay opting to go for it on fourth-and-one, CB Leonard Johnson jumped in front of Randall Cobb to deflect a possible TD and re-energize the Bucs' sideline. That kind of effort was great to see.2. McDougald and Verner Making Plays Generally, you don't want your defensive backs to be making lots of tackles, but say this for S Bradley McDougald and CB Alterraun Verner, they were all over the field Sunday. Both were making hits at the line or in the Packers' backfield. McDougald finished with nine tackles and has blossomed in pass coverage through the second half of the season. Verner also had nine stops and is a consummate pro, continuing to lead by example with hustle and not being afraid to put his shoulder into players to make big stops.3. Koenen was a Weapon in Special Teams One thing that has gone overlooked in the past weeks is that the Buccaneers are getting great productivity out of their punter and punt coverage unit. While it's understood that he had to punt way too often in the first half on Sunday, Michael Koenen boomed several that had no return. For the entire game, the Packers punt returners had just four return attempts for a total of just a paltry four yards. Koenen repeatedly put them in no-return situations and helped flip field position with a 42-yard average on eight kicks. Job well done. SUGGESTED
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