Green Bay Packers: Thankful for Losing To the Tampa Bay Buccaneers?

Adam LindemerSenior Analyst IDecember 16, 2009

TAMPA, FL - NOVEMBER 08:  Receiver Greg Jennings #85 of the Green Bay Packers runs after a reception as defensive back Sabby Piscatelli #21 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers tackles him during the game at Raymond James Stadium on November 8, 2009 in Tampa, Florida. The Buccaneers defeated the Packers 38-28.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
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The Green Bay Packers were coming off a Week 9 win over the still winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers, getting ready for a tough second half of the season.

Wait, what ... the Packers lost that game!?!

Tampa Bay shocked the NFL by beating Green Bay 38-28, with the Buccaneers earning their first (and thus far, only) win of the season.

All this after the Packers lost to the Minnesota Vikings in the at home on the Frozen Tundra 38-26. Two straight weeks allowing 38 points to opponents, who were those guys?

Those two losses put Green Bay at 4-4.

It was safe to say that Green Bay was undoubtedly looking well past Tampa and into their game against the Dallas Cowboys at Lambeau Field the following week.

With the .500 record, many people were already writing Green Bay off, thinking that if they can't even beat the lowly Buccaneers, how can they even have a shot at the playoffs?

The 3-4 defense wasn't working. Why did they even switch in the first place?

I hate fans who react this way.

In my own way of thinking, no team's season is in jeopardy until they reach the six-loss plateau, because it's safe to assume that a 10-6 record is good enough to make the playoffs.

When your respective team reaches six losses, then re-evaluate the players and coaches, as well as the remaining schedule, but no sooner. If your team never reaches that point, you are cheering for a good team.

After eight games, Green Bay was still 4-4, and last time I checked an NFL season is 16 games long.

Good thing too, because the players started to finally believe in what defensive coordinator Dom Capers was trying to achieve with the 3-4.

The Packers used that embarrassment from the Buccaneers to shutting down the Cowboys offense and giving up a single touchdown to Tony Romo and Co.

Since Week 9, all the Packers have done is simply put out the best defense in all of the NFL. They proved that with a big win over the stingy defense of the Baltimore Ravens on Monday Night Football with a 27-14 victory.

Green Bay has reeled off five straight wins since the Tampa debacle and lead the NFC Wild Card chase at 9-4, and have a pretty solid grasp of holding its ground.

The Packers now go into Pittsburgh to face a struggling Steelers team who have done the exact opposite of the Packers, losing five straight games.

The defending Super Bowl Champions lost a tough game to the Ravens three weeks ago, and followed that show of grit with losses to two of the worst teams in the league, the Oakland Raiders and most recently, the Cleveland Browns.

The road to the Super Bowl this year will not be going through Pittsburgh, or even Arizona, like last year.

Even though Green Bay should have walked all over Tampa back in Week 9, the Packers should be thankful that they lost to the Buccaneers.

If it wasn't for that shocking loss, Green Bay might not be 9-4, or be controlling their own destiny as the clock ticks down on other teams.