Future Hall of Famers collide on Sunday when Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Bucaneers host Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers.
Rodgers is off to a red-hot start, scoring at least 30 points in each of their first four games without turning over the ball in getting off to their fastest start since 2015, when they won their first six games before finishing 10-6 and losing to Arizona in the NFC divisional playoffs..
The only team with a longer streak of consecutive games with 30-plus points and no turnovers is the 2010 New England Patriots, who did that in seven straight games and had current Buccaneers QB Tom Brady.
Green Bay leads the NFL in yards per play (6.83) and time of possession (34:20).
Brady has thrown 10 TD passes vs. three interceptions in five career starts against Green Bay.
Tampa Bay has outscored opponents 48-14 in the first quarter through five games.
TE Rob Gronkowski has yet to score his first touchdown for the Bucs. He and Brady teamed on 78 regular-season TDs with New England — one shy of matching Dan Marino and Mark Clayton for fourth most for a quarterback/receiver tandem in NFL history. WR Mike Evans is tied for the league lead with six TD receptions.
Tampa Bay’s defense is ranked No. 1 against the run, No. 2 overall. The unit has held opponents to less than 50 yards rushing the past three weeks.
Tampa Bay’s receiving corps is banged-up, though Chris Godwin (hamstring) returned to practice on a limited basis this week. Scotty Miller (hip/groin) was also limited early in the week after not being targeted at all during last week’s loss to the Bears.