Tom Brady and the Buccaneers will face Aaron Rodgers and the Packers in Sunday’s opener at Raymond James Stadium. Let the battle of the bays begin. Kickoff is set at 4:25 PM ET on September 25th. Both clubs are NFC contenders and will aim to stay at the top of the standings in a Week 3 showdown. Sunday will mark the first time the two teams have met since a divisional round match in 2020, as Tampa Bay captured the Packers in the Frozen Tundra on their way to winning the Super Bowl LV title. This time, both teams underwent roster changes. There are many highly anticipated matches and individual performances that can greatly affect the final result. Here’s a closer look at five hackers to watch on Sunday.
With two games in 2022, Shaquil Barrett already had 11 presses, plus two bags and a forced stumble scored during the Bucs’ week two win over the Saints. He has established himself as one of the best passing attackers in the league, using creative passing dash moves to get past offensive tackles. Barrett has a wide range of moves in his arsenal, including deadly spin and cross cutting to beat an opponent. He is relentless in pursuit of football and on Sunday, he will see plenty of Packers interference from Elgton Jenkins. Jenkins missed half of the 2021 season at Green Bay due to an AFC Champions League rupture, but returned in the second week against the Bears, playing every shot in the right tackle. Although Jenkins let in a lot of pressure and bagged the sack last week, he comes with an impressive resume and versatile skill set. With length (34 cubits), Jenkins can effectively counteract speed and power. So far in 2022, Barrett has proven as dominant as ever and will be watching at Raymond James Stadium.
In April, the Buccaneers picked Logan Hall with the second-round first pick (#33 overall) after trading down from their starting position at 27 in the first round. At 6’6, 283 pounds, Hall brings required height and athleticism to the inside of the Bucs. He’s been a multi-talented defender in Houston and has been lining up in all of his encounters, but has worked mostly in the three-tech position since arriving in Tampa Bay. Against the Saints, defensive lineman Achim Hicks walked out with a foot injury and never came back. On Monday, coach Todd Bowles commented on the severity of the injury, saying Hicks “banged pretty well.” Time will be missed, and will allow Hall to contribute. With his impressive legroom, unrelenting drive and violent first punch, Hall can enhance the interior. As he continues to adjust to the standard of the NFL, his ceiling will rise. Joint Defense Coordinator Cassie Rodgers spoke about Hall’s progress. “The thing with him is that he keeps growing. Veterans keep commenting and we think he’s really close to starting to click on him. We can see his reps go up and he’s really hungry, you know what I’m saying. Especially now with Akeem. [Hicks] Down, his jump should come faster.”
‘Next man’ may be an overused phrase in the football world but the sentiment seems real. Just three weeks into the 2022 NFL season, the Buccaneers find themselves with a depleted receiving corps. Mike Evans was suspended for this weekend’s NFC fight and neither Chris Goodwin nor Julio Jones has played this week. Prishad Berryman will be asked to come forward. Against New Orleans in Week 2, Berryman showed his craftsmanship by catching a 28-yard touchdown pass that broke the 3-3 tie at the Caesars Superdome. With the ability to line up across the lineup, Perriman delivers a big goal for Tom Brady, one that can beat defenders. With superior speed and agility in changing direction, Perriman can raise the bar for Bucs passing. He will have the difficult task of facing one of the league’s elite players in Jaire Alexander. In 2020, the opposing receivers collected #1 for 14 receptions and only 143 yards against Alexander—a noteworthy feat. Although injuries derailed his productive career in 2021, Alexander remains a constant threat in the ball out. It can reverse and match receivers on the roads, preventing separation. Perriman will be auditioned on Sunday, which attracted attention.
Robert Hennessy will draw a unique challenge on Sunday, where he takes on the Packers’ nosed Kenny Clark. Pro Bowl center Ryan Jensen sustained a knee injury on day two of Bucs training camp, prompting speculation about the strength of the Tampa Bay inland region in his absence. During the first two games of the season, Hainsey, Man of the Year, held his match and more. Clark, 6-3, 314-pound Risk, stuns blockers with speed and hand power. He’s impressive in singles matches, making his offensive coordinators fit right into the middle. Clarke could take over a game and Haisey faces a tough task in their opening game at home on Sunday. “This week, it’s a completely different front, but great passing, one of the best inside players we’ll have all year round, Kenny Clarke; Preston Smith and Rashan Gary are great forwards,” Brady stated. “Again, it’s another big challenge but we have to face it. It’s something different every week. In the NFL, it’s tough. Every week you’re going to face the best player, yeah, you just have to try and figure out a way.”
For the Packers, running back Aaron Jones bolstered their offensive tackle. He rushed for 181 yards and averaged 9.1 yards per carry over two games. Jones also offers an upside as a pass catcher, as the captain is hooked into receptions. With a dribble in the open field, Jones finds hidden yardage. He possesses astral vision at the line of melee and into space. With a revamped Packet Receiving Corps. As Christian Watson and Romeo Dobbs work to generate Aaron Rodgers’ confidence, Jones will be the focal point of their insult. Lafonte David along with fellow midfield, Devin White, will take center stage in containing Jones. David has established himself as one of the best cover players in the NFL, in addition to his side ranger. He’s a textbook player, he covers ball carriers and he’s tough in handling with his back – a resume that will serve him well on Sundays. Green Bay used Jones in a variety of ways to complete his transformation including running ledges and screens, with barriers paving the way through cracks and clouds appearing. David will play a crucial role on Sunday in Tampa Bay.