The former NFC North rivals have plenty of history from Suh’s five seasons in the division with the Detroit Lions. They picked up where they left off on Sunday as Suh’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers rolled past Rodgers’ Green Bay Packers.
The Bucs cruised to a 38-10 win thanks in large part to a swarming Tampa Bay defense. The Bucs piled up five sacks as Rodgers spent much of his day in the dirt. Suh delivered some of the damage, and the two had more than one verbal exchange on the field.
Late hit, big sack by Suh
Suh got flagged for a late hit in the second quarter for shoving Rodgers to the ground long after he got rid of the ball. The penalty was offset thanks to Rodgers being called for intentional grounding on the play.
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Two plays later, Suh hit Rodgers again. This time there were no flags — only a drive-killing sack and some post-play chatter between the old rivals.
Jawing carries over to second half
The conversation carried on in the second half as the Bucs extended their lead.
There are three games being playing in Tampa Bay.— George Balekji (@GeorgeBalekji) October 18, 2020
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Aaron Rodgers vs Tampa's pass D
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Rodgers: ‘That goes back a long time’
Rodgers acknowledged the on-field tension when speaking with reporters postgame.
“That goes back a long time, and I’m sure the cameras caught some stuff,” Rodgers said, per Pro Football Talk.
History between Rodgers, Suh
Rodgers and Suh indeed go way back with a 2014 incident playing a big role in Suh’s ever-evolving reputation as a dirty player. Suh twice stepped on Rodgers’ leg during a Week 17 Lions-Packers game with the NFC North title on the line.
Rodgers was two weeks removed from a calf injury when Suh stepped on him. The Packers went on to win the game and the division that day. Suh denied intentionally stepping on Rodgers, but the NFL didn’t buy it and suspended him for Detroit’s wild-card playoff game the next week against the Dallas Cowboys (he won an appeal and played in the postseason defeat).
If both teams keep up their early season pace, they could be headed for a playoff clash. Keep an eye on this one.
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