Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeat Green Bay Packers, 38-28

Tampa, Fla. — In a matter of two weeks, the Green Bay Packers have been beaten by an old man and a child.

Last week, 40-year-old Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre completed 17 of 28 passes for 244 yards and four touchdowns in a 38-26 victory over the Packers.

This week, 21-year-old rookie Josh Freeman, who came in with 277 fewer starts than Favre, ripped them for 205 yards and three touchdowns in a 38-28 victory at Raymond James Stadium.

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GREEN BAY: James Jones, 74-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby kick), 12:15 left.

How they scored: On second and 4, Jones beat nickel back Elbert Mack on a sideline takeoff route, caught Rodgers' perfect pass at the TB 46 and scored easily. "One on one. Match coverage," offensive coordinator Joe Philbin said. "Nice ball." The drive: Two plays, 80 yards, :55. Packers 7, Bucs 0.

TAMPA BAY: Derrick Ward, 6-yard pass from Josh Freeman (Connor Barth), 8:45 left.

Tampa, Fla. — If the measure of a team's superiority over another is its special-teams ability, then it should be the Green Bay Packers who are 1-7, not the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Given how badly the Packers have played in all facets of the third phase, it shouldn't be long before they are occupying steerage with the rebuilding Buccaneers.

The kind of performance they had in a 38-28 loss Sunday at Raymond James Stadium was the kind that loses coaches' jobs.


Tampa, Fla. — It took running back Ahman Green just two games to get back into the Green Bay Packers' record book.

Green's 45 yards against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers moved him into the top spot on the Packers' career rushing list. Green now has 8,208 yards, one ahead of Jim Taylor.

Of course, that the record was set in a 38-28 loss to the winless Buccaneers makes the record a bit bittersweet.

"Yeah, it does," Green said. "Doesn't really mean much at the moment."