Originally posted on Fox Sports Wisconsin  |  Last updated 11/20/11
GREEN BAY, Wis. There were plenty of satisfied Packers in the locker room following their 35-26 win at home over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday to improve to 10-0 this season.Tight end Jermichael Finley just wasn't one of them."We should've dusted them," Finley said after the game. "I'm just frustrated, that's all. I'm one of the guys that can't sit on a game like this too long. I'm a competitor. It's not about me being selfish or whatnot, I just think we need to go back and go to work."Finley, who had one catch for 30 yards and was targeted three times, said the offense "didn't come out and play fast or push the tempo."Aaron Rodgers was disappointed for a different reason.Despite Green Bay winning its 16th consecutive game dating back to last season a winning streak that has lasted nearly 11 months Rodgers wasn't as sharp against Tampa Bay as he has been in recent games.Rodgers connected on 23 of his 34 passes (67.6) with three touchdowns and one interception. But those statistics will lower his season averages as Rodgers came into the game at a league-best 72.9 completion rate with 28 touchdowns and three interceptions."I'm just frustrated," Rodgers said. "I didn't throw the ball very well. I'm not trying to be ridiculously humble right now, I'm just, I'm frustrated. The ball wasn't coming off the way I wanted it to today. Some throws I usually hit, I didn't hit today. So that's frustrating."The Packers led the league entering Sunday in points per game at 35.6, so scoring 35 on the Buccaneers will only slightly lower that average. But Rodgers is holding himself to a higher standard than just the amount of points on the scoreboard."I'm not going to speak for anybody else, but personally I just didn't play my best game," Rodgers said. "So I've got to look at myself first, I've got to play better, and it probably won't be as close (of a game next time)."It was a strange game throughout for a Green Bay team that was dominant six days earlier on Monday Night Football in a 45-7 win over the Vikings.On the Packers' first drive, nose tackle B.J. Raji lined up as the fullback and was given his first career running play. Raji plowed through from one yard out and scored a touchdown, declining to perform the traditional Lambeau Leap afterwards due to his 337-pound frame.Raji has been calling himself "The Freezer" as a tribute to former Bears lineman William "Refrigerator" Perry ever since lining up as a fullback in last year's playoffs. But with Raji's first-career offensive touchdown Sunday, he needs one more to tie Perry."We have never run that play before (in a game), so a team's not thinking they're going to give it to a nose tackle to run the ball," Raji said. "I can understand why it would take them by surprise."If that wasn't odd enough, Rodgers was under the impression that Raji had to report himself as eligible on the play to the officials."He should probably report next time, but we got away with it this time," Rodgers said.Former vice president of officiating and current FOX analyst, Mike Pereira, posted on Twitter that Raji is automatically eligible with his jersey number being 90.So Rodgers was simply mistaken as to the rule.But in order for that Green Bay drive to even make it near the goal line, it took another unusual play.Packers punter Tim Masthay was about to get his punt blocked by Tampa Bay's Jacob Cutrera, so he took off running down the sideline. After taking a few steps, Masthay fumbled, then recovered, then fumbled again. The second fumble went out of bounds beyond the first down marker and the Packers' offense was back on the field with a fresh set of downs."The second time, I just dropped it," Masthay said with a laugh. "As soon as it hit the ground, I'm just praying, Please, Lord, get that thing out of bounds,' and it did."Early in the second quarter, Bucs' running back LeGarrette Blount had a 54-yard touchdown run in which seven Packers defenders missed a tackle."Great play by him, but it was an awful play by us," Green Bay defensive lineman Ryan Pickett said.Even Packers kicker Mason Crosby had an off day. Coming into the game 14-of-14 this season, Crosby missed a 29-yard field goal in the fourth quarter."The 29 yard left hash, I think we're going to avoid that spot from now on," Crosby said.Yet, despite all of that, Green Bay won by nine and improved to 10-0. Just don't tell the players that. After all, coming off a 38-point win against Minnesota, nine-point wins are a bit too close for comfort.Follow Paul Imig on Twitter
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