Anthony Becht discusses Green Bay Packers playoff chances
Former NFL tight end Anthony Becht joins Jeff Thurn on Monday’s edition of Overtime.
Becht (@Anthony_Becht) played for New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, St. Louis Rams, Arizona Cardinals, and Kansas City Chiefs. He caught 188 passes for 1,537 yards, and 21 touchdowns. Currently, he is a college football analyst for ESPN and hosts a pregame and postgame show for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on 620 WDAE.
Becht shares what how he thought the Green Bay Packers looked in their 20-3 win over Tampa Bay:
"I say I think the last the two games they've kind of set themselves with a blueprint for on how to really stop him (Aaron Rodgers) and make him not as destructive. They had obviously been at home. They're on top of it and play well at home. But they are going to have to go on the road possibly and win a football game. You had a limpy Aaron Rodgers, who looked like he might have strained his calf, gotten sore or something might have happened in that football game, but he hasn't looked as sharp as maybe I've seen him as I did early in the season. I just think with the pressure, people have gotten to him. He gets off sync, a little bit off schedule. You've seen that. There are ways to kind of hold down and stop this team. You look at the Buccaneers, I mean they went well into the third quarter with only a 10-point game with a 10-3 game. Of course, offensively they couldn't get anything done. I think there's a blueprint there and that's key. Seattle did the same thing...They are obviously playing pretty well right now, but these teams are all beatable."
Can Green Bay go on a deep playoff run or will they fall short?
"I worry about their defense. They played well against our (Buccaneers) team, but the Buccaneers are not playing well offensively. You look at what happened in the Atlanta game three weeks ago when they up and gave up all those points. They got to be able to hold it down and play well. I don't think necessarily that their defense a lot of people are really scared of them. So they are going to have to win some shootouts. If Aaron Rodgers finds himself off, that offense isn't quick, they can find themselves with initiative. But they are definitely one of the better teams when they got things rolling, they are tough to stop. Really going to come down if Aaron Rodgers is going to be healthy, is their weapons going to be on the same page, and if they can protect him? And if they can do that, they got a real good shot."
Green Bay clinched its sixth consecutive playoff spot. The Packers can clinch the NFC North Division crown and the No. 2 seed in the playoffs with a win over Detroit, Sunday at Lambeau Field. Packers games are broadcasted right here on ESPN 99.1. The Packers and Lions start at 3:25 p.m. and are on Fox as well.
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