Watch: Tampa Bay Buccaneers NT Vita Vea forces Green Bay Packers' Aaron Jones to fumble near end zone
Vita Vea forced Packers' Aaron Jones to fumble near the end zone to fumble
The fumble was recovered by Tampa Bay safety Logan Ryan
It was the first forced fumble of Vea's career
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers faced the Green Bay Packers in week 3 of the 2022 NFL season at the Raymond James Stadium. While Tampa Bay missed three of their most influential wide receivers in Julio Jones, Chris Godwin and Mike Evans, it was nose tackle Vita Vea who made the headlines.
The 350-pound nose tackle knocked the ball off from Packers running back Aaron Jones near the goal line to force a fumble. It also marked Vea’s first forced fumble of his career. The ball was subsequently recovered by safety Logan Ryan, who also marked his fourth recovery of his career as well as his first recovery while playing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Jones was knocked by both Vea and linebacker Lavonte David to register the forced fumble.
Watch the video of the forced fumble here:
Vita Vea was picked by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first round of the 2018 NFL draft. Since then, he has registered a total of 109 tackles, including 69 solo tackles and 13 sacks, 1 fumble recovery, 6 defended passes, 12.5 stuffs for 20 yards. He has made 2 tackles and 1 forced fumble against the Packers on Sunday’s game at the time of writing this article.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are going through a rough patch as all three of their star wide receivers are either injured or suspended, leaving quarterback Tom Brady with minimal support on the field. They scored 3 points in the first quarter and have not been able to score any in the next two quarters, with the third quarter still going on.
The Bucs began their season with a massive 19-3 victory over the Dallas Cowboys on September 11. They replicated their opening week form against the New Orleans Saints in week 2, beating them 10-20, which was also the first time since Brady joined them.
On the other hand, the Packers have scored 7 points each in the first and second quarters and are looking dangerous in the third quarter.