The Green Bay Packers didn’t have the best offensive showing in Tampa Bay, but it was enough to come home with a 14-12 win in Week 3.
Rookie wide receiver Romeo Doubs broke out against the Buccaneers with the best game of his very young NFL career. The fourth-round pick was Aaron Rodgers’ top target in Tampa Bay and that’s something they could look to build on moving forward.
Maggie Loney and Perri Goldstein of the Audacy Original Podcast “Pack’s What She Said” discussed Doubs’ breakout game and what it means for the rookie wide receiver.
“Let’s talk about Romeo Doubs, because that was awesome. I just love the rookie stepping up. We kind of joked before this game, ‘Oh, this is going to be the Romeo Doubs breakout game,’ and yet, it was,” Goldstein said (7:46 in player above). “Eight catches, 73 yards, his first NFL touchdown, which I loved the celebrations of everyone around him, even Rodgers was super, super fired up about that.”
Doubs had a decent start to the season with six catches on eight targets for 64 yards in his first two games, but this Week 3 performance was big for him. The rookie stepped up and gave Rodgers someone to throw to.
“This was Doubs’ game. This was the rookie stepping up when opportunities presented themselves and making some really, really big plays for this offense,” Goldstein continued. “I think he was even open more than Rodgers hit him on, so I’m expecting him to be a big part of this offense moving forward.”
The game in Tampa Bay was a battle between two of the best defenses in the league, and that was evident on the scoreboard. Doubs wasn’t the only Packers receiver to hold his own against the Bucs.
“I think it was really nice to see against a stifling Bucs secondary where we weren’t sure kind of what the productivity would look like through the air. To see the significant chunks of yardage. Dobbs had the long of 21, Allen Lazard had a long of 26, Cobb had the longest of the day which was 40, Tyler Davis got in there for a 23-yard reception,” Loney said. “The way that they were able to chunk yardage together and sustain these drives I thought was really impressive because it felt kind of like the offense had stalled out at peak moments the last couple weeks. So you think about them capitalizing on that third touchdown drive with the untimely fumble and it’s a completely different ballgame, I think, from there.”
The Packers were gearing up to take a 21-3 lead – or at least 17-3 lead – late in the second quarter. The defense set them up with decent field position and after a long pass to Cobb, Green Bay was nearly in the red zone. Unfortunately, Aaron Jones fumbled at the 1-yard line to stop that drive.
Nevertheless, Green Bay was able to hold onto their lead all the way to the very end with the 14-12 victory in Tampa Bay.
Doubs and the Packers will look to build upon this performance with a home matchup against the Patriots in Week 4.