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Pick the top play from the Packers’ week 15 loss to the Buccaneers

The Packers’ playoff chances took a blow on Sunday with a wasted opportunity against the Buccaneers.

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Little by little, the hourglass is draining. What once seemed like the makings of a fairytale ending have turned into a nightmare in December as the Packers have dropped two straight to the Giants and Buccaneers. While Jaire Alexander and Christian Watson’s absences loom large, it’s hard not to feel immensely disappointed in how the young team has come out of the gates as of late. Baker Mayfield had his way for all four quarters despite being sacked five times and finished as the first visiting QB to ever post a perfect passer rating at Lambeau Field. To have any shot at a playoff berth, Joe Barry has to tighten things up.

Offensively, the Packers had their ups and downs as they do most weeks. Jordan Love came on strong in the second half and produced a few dazzling throws that kept the Packers alive for a moment before the defensive struggles proved too tall a mountain to climb. That said, the Packers win out and likely make the playoffs. Buckle up! Let’s check out this week’s top plays below.


The Buccaneers’ offense looked like a problem for Joe Barry from the jump, effortlessly moving down the field thanks to Rachaad White and Chris Godwin. At the Green Bay 15, Kenny Clark began his impactful day with a third down sack that vaulted him into the Packers’ top 10 all-time and held Tampa to a field goal.

Aaron Jones made his presence felt right away in his return with 44 yards on the Packers’ opening drive, but a missed throw to Jayden Reed in the end zone on 4th and 2 led to a turnover on downs at the 4 yard line.

Kingsley Enagbare forces the fumble

Kingsley Enagbare cut the Bucs’ second possession short, working around right tackle Luke Goedeke and taking advantage of Mayfield holding the ball for over 4 seconds for his third fumble of the season.

Tucker Kraft opens the scoring

From 2nd and goal at the Tampa Bay 5 yard line, Tucker Kraft made the turnover count, breaking Lavonte David’s tackle and scoring his second touchdown of the season on a quick screen that made use of his threat as a blocker and one of the team’s best YAC threats.

After a Packers field goal to tie things 10-10, a few penalties and punts followed up until Baker got his hands on the ball with 2:13 left in the half. Mayfield moved the Bucs down to midfield with wide-open chunk gain after chunk gain. Despite a stunt and sack by Lukas Van Ness that confused the Bucs O line, the Packers somehow allowed a 24 yard Chris Godwin completion on 2nd and 29 that led to a field goal.

The miscues continued for the Packers to open the 2nd half, leading to another punt. From there, the scoring took off.

Pressure once again sped up Baker Mayfield, but like most of the afternoon, he had an answer. Mayfield hit Mike Evans on 3rd and 6 after Evans beat Eric Stokes in man coverage. Just three plays later, Chris Godwin had his pick of open lanes on a 3rd and 12 screen. After just four screens called for Godwin on the season, he converted his 2nd of the game. Rachaad White’s easy pitch and catch with Mayfield felt like an extremely early dagger and put the Bucs up 17-10.

Jordan Love’s endzone dart to Jayden Reed

Matt LaFleur called a familiar fake double screen to leak Tucker Kraft up the seam, but the Bucs sniffed it out, putting the offense behind the sticks and desperately needing a huge play. On 3rd and 14, Jordan Love delivered and allowed the Packers to see another day. His best throw of the day came on a scramble drill on which he rolled right and fired a dart to Jayden Reed in the corner of the end zone, his first score at Lambeau, and a beautiful cap to Jordan Love’s 9/10, 88 yard drive.

Kenny Clark reached his career-high in sacks (6.5) on the next drive, a play that should have turned the tide. Instead, 44 yards from Cade Otton, a 2nd & 18 conversion, and a Corey Ballentine interference call set the Bucs up with 1st & goal at the 2, where sixth-round, second-year tight end Ko Kieft found the end zone to end the third quarter.

Now down 27-17, Wicks and Love made a valiant effort to take over the game and spark a comeback. Alas, the Packers got nothing going after a successful Jordan Love 3rd and 1 sneak and were forced to kick to cut the lead to 27-20.

Baker and the Bucs shut down any comeback attempt next drive with a short throw to David Moore, who took the pass 52 yards to the end zone, his first since 2020. If you’re keeping track, that’s two touchdowns for David Moore and Ko Kieft.

The Bucs were content to give the Packers everything underneath the next drive and closed out the game with a sack-fumble on 4th and 10.


Poll

Which play from the Packers’ week 15 loss to the Bucs was the best?

This poll is closed

  • 20%
    Kingsley Enagbare forces the fumble
    (14 votes)
  • 5%
    Tucker Kraft opens the scoring
    (4 votes)
  • 73%
    Jordan Love’s endzone dart to Jayden Reed
    (49 votes)
67 votes total Vote Now

That’s all for the top plays of week 15. An abysmal defensive performance made for slim pickings this week, but the Packers will look to rebound and produce more fireworks against a hapless Carolina Panthers team this Sunday. Keep it locked here and @acmepackingco on Twitter/X for pregame coverage.