February 5, 2023

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) warms up during an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2022, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)AP
Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers travel to meet Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, Sept. 25. The game will be live streamed on DirecTV Stream (free trial) and fuboTV (live stream).
While Aaron Rodgers has a deep appreciation for what Tom Brady has accomplished during an unparalleled NFL career, he doesn’t see himself following the seven-time Super Bowl champion’s lead of playing well into his 40s.
Brady’s already won two Super Bowls in his 40s. Less than six weeks after retiring in February, he announced he was returning for a 23rd season to pursue “unfinished business” with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who host Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.
The league’s all-time passing leader turned 45 during training camp. What impresses Rodgers most about Brady’s longevity is how well he continues to play.
The Packers quarterback has an admirer in Brady, too.
They’ve met four previous times as starters, with Rodgers’ lone victory coming in 2014, when Brady was with the New England Patriots.
Tampa Bay is 2-0 against Green Bay since Brady joined the Bucs in 2020, including a 31-26 victory in the NFC championship game two seasons ago.
The Packers play the Buccaneers at 3:25 p.m. (4:25 p.m. ET) Sunday, Sept. 25.
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The Packers and Bucaneers will be televised on Fox.
SHORT-HANDED: The Bucs will play without leading receiver Mike Evans, who’s serving a one-game suspension for his role in an on-field brawl at New Orleans last week. Brady could also be without two other primary targets — Chris Godwin (hamstring) and Julio Jones (knee) — who sat out against the Saints.
“Part of the job is to deal with different people being in. It’s part of the demolition derby that’s the game we play,” Brady said. “Guys are in and out. You’ve got to adjust.”
WATSON’S HOMECOMING: Packers rookie receiver Christian Watson went to Plant High School in Tampa and expects to have plenty of friends and relatives watching him Sunday. The second-round pick from North Dakota State has five catches for 43 yards through his first two games.
This won’t be his first time playing at Raymond James Stadium. Watson said he played a youth league game there.
“That was definitely exciting playing as a kid, looking up and wanting to play in the league one day, to be able to play in an NFL stadium, that was really cool,” Watson said.
DOMINANT DEFENSE: Tampa Bay is off to a 2-0 start despite Brady not being at his best during victories at Dallas and New Orleans. He didn’t have to be, with the defense limiting the Cowboys to three points and not yielding a touchdown to the Saints until the fourth quarter of a 20-10 victory. The Bucs lead the NFL with 10 sacks and have forced six turnovers.
PROTECTING RODGERS: Rodgers has been sacked seven times this season, which doesn’t bode well heading into a game against an opponent with a relentless pass rush.
Although both teams have changed quite a bit in time since, the Bucs beat the Packers twice during the 2020 season — including the NFC championship game — and collected five sacks in each of those wins.
“They definitely like to pressure quite a bit and then they do a great job of getting the ball out,” Packers coach Matt LaFleur said. “They’re one of the best in the business, always punching at the ball. The guys in the secondary have really good ball skills, so that creates another problem.”
Green Bay’s offensive line benefited last week from the return of tackle Elgton Jenkins, who was appearing in his first game since tearing his left anterior cruciate ligament last Nov. 21.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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