Packers vs. Buccaneers: 5 Halftime Adjustments Tampa Bay Must Make

Jeff KneisSenior Analyst IIINovember 20, 2011

TAMPA, FL - NOVEMBER 13:  Quarterback Josh Freeman #5 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers rushes upfield against the Houston Texans November 13, 2011 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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The Bucs look to end the Packers perfect record for the season in this tough matchup. Tampa Bay has been improving each week and looks to find a way to stop the Packers high powered offense.

Tampa Bay is in good shape and has played well so far. They need to have a great second half to walk out of Green Bay with a victory.

Here are five things Tampa Bay must do in the second half against Green Bay:

 

1) Keep Attacking the Packers LBs Through the Air

The Bucs have found good success with short crossing routes against the Packers LBs. This looks like the best plan of attack against the tough Packers defense.

Tampa Bay needs to keep running crossing routes to exploit the Packers LBs in pass coverage. These routes can open up big plays downfield, as well as help establish the run game.

 

2) Limit Penalties

The Bucs defense has kept the Packers offense on the field with multiple penalties. Green Bay's offense is already powerful enough and doesn't need to keep giving them easy first downs.

The Packers have had limited success and the penalties will help get the Packers rolling. 

 

3) Get Pressure on Aaron Rodgers

The Bucs have had limited success getting pressure on Aaron Rodgers. This will be a huge key to stopping the Packers' offense in the second half.

Rodgers has way too much time to exploit the defense and will continue to do so until he is getting pressured. The Bus should start blitzing, hoping to fluster the QB.

 

4) Make the Packers One-Dimensional on Offense

The Bucs need to stop the Packers run game and force Rodgers to throw the ball. This can help the defense call coverages that confuse Rodgers and they can be more aggressive playing the pass.

The Bucs can blitz Rodgers and force turnovers through the pressure they put on him.

 

5) More Blount

LeGarrette Blount has one of the most impressive runs you will ever see in the NFL. Continued success on the ground will keep the Packers offense off of the field and will help open up downfield passes.

It is pretty easy to see that Blount is playing tough football and the offense should continue to start with him.

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