Buccaneers’ Bruce Arians reveals the ‘biggest challenge’ in stopping Packers’ Aaron Rodgers
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be the next team tasked with trying to slow down Aaron Rodgers and the offense of the Green Bay Packers. Ahead of the NFC Championship Game, Bruce Arians revealed the ‘biggest challenge’ in stopping Rodgers, via NFL Network’s James Palmer.
Aaron Rodgers has 21 touchdowns and 0 interceptions in play action. Those 21 TDs are the most out of play action for any QB in the last 5 years! So how do you stop him? My report on @nflnetwork on @gmfb Weekend pic.twitter.com/Z8izzjGjqL
— James Palmer (@JamesPalmerTV) January 23, 2021
During the regular season, Rodgers was able to throw 21 touchdowns and zero interceptions on play-action plays. Arians pointed out that Green Bay has a ton of success in play-action due to Rodgers’ ability to manipulate the defense with his eyes.
With that said, the defense of the Buccaneers will need to be well-prepared to avoid letting Rodgers take advantage of them. If Tampa Bay’s defense allows Rodgers to deceive them, then they could be in for a long day.
Just last week, Rodgers and the offense of the Packers were forced to take on the elite stop unit of the Los Angeles Rams. Despite the success that the Rams had all season on defense, Rodgers dominated with ease, throwing for 296 yards and two touchdowns en route to Green Bay’s 32-18 victory.
Of course, everyone is going to have their attention on Rodgers and Tom Brady on Sunday in the NFC Championship Game. While Brady and the offense of the Buccaneers have hit their stride at the perfect time, Arians is hoping his defense will have success in slowing down Rodgers.
The matchup of Aaron Rodgers and Green Bay’s multi-faceted offense and Tampa Bay’s young, athletic defense will be a fun one to watch as both teams hope to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl.