Thumbs up, thumbs down

Woodson notches fourth INT return as Packer; offensive, defensive lines get beat down by the Bucs

Thumbs up: Mike McCarthy's decision to go for it on fourth-and-one less than two minutes into the game from midfield was gutsy and turned out to be a great call. The Packers made the most of the gamble and went on to score a touchdown for a 7-0 lead.

Thumbs down: Dropped passes again hurt the Packers' offense. Donald Lee, Brandon Jackson and Greg Jennings each dropped a pass in the first half. Jackson's drop was more of a deflection off his hands, which was intercepted by linebacker Derrick Brooks. Jennings dropped a pass with 10 seconds left in the first half that may have put the Packers in position for a field goal.

Thumbs up: Charles Woodson and Nick Collins each made their third interception of the season. Woodson returned his 62 yards for a touchdown, his fourth interception return for a touchdown with the Packers. Woodson tied Johnny "Blood" McNally for fourth on Green Bay's all-time list for interception returns for touchdowns.

Thumbs down: The Buccaneers scored 24 points off four Packers' turnovers, including 14 points in the second half. The Packers simply have to protect the ball better, especially away from Lambeau Field.

Thumbs up: Cornerback Tramon Williams played well in place of injured cornerback Al Harris. Williams had one interception off a deflected pass, returning it 39 yards. He had two tackles and two passes defensed and didn't give up any explosive plays.

Thumbs down: Green Bay was manhandled in the trenches on offense and defense by Tampa Bay. The Packers got very little push on offense and penetration by the defense was infrequent.

Thumbs up: Before he left the game in the fourth quarter with an injury, defensive end Cullen Jenkins was one of the few Packers linemen to cause havoc for the Bucs. Jenkins had three tackles, three quarterback hits, one tackle for a loss and batted down a pass at the line of scrimmage.

Thumbs down: The Packers will be in big trouble if they lose Aaron Rodgers for an extended period of time because of an injury. Matt Flynn was thrown into the fire and nearly got torched on his first pass, throwing way behind wide receiver Greg Jennings on a short slant that was nearly intercepted. Flynn will be in over his head right now as a starter, so hopefully Rodgers will be OK to play next Sunday against Atlanta.

Todd Korth writes for PackerReport.com and Packer Report magazine. E-mail him at packrepted@aol.com.


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