Dismal debut for Walton
On the day he achieved a career milestone, Brandon Walton stubbed his toe on it at times. Making his first NFL start, the Seminole High alumnus had a spotty debut in place of injured left tackles Donovan Smith (elbow) and Josh Wells (calf).

In one two-play, second-quarter sequence, Walton was whistled for a false start on third-and-7, then allowed Packers outside linebacker Rashan Gary to get past him for a sack of Brady.

But his most excruciating miscue occurred late in the third period, when he was whistled for holding after Brady somehow escaped a collapsed pocket for an 18-yard scramble.

RayJay record
Thanks to the installation of the new seats on the south end zone's second level (aka the Krewe's Nest), attendance Sunday was announced at 69,197. That's a record for a Bucs game at Raymond James Stadium, eclipsing the previous mark (65,835) set in a 14-13 playoff win against Washington on Jan. 15, 2000.

Injury update
Todd Bowles wouldn't specifically address a pregame report by Fox's Jay Glazer that receiver Julio Jones is dealing with a torn posterior cruciate ligament but conveyed optimism the 33-year-old All-Pro could return for next week's game against the Chiefs.

Jones, who didn't practice this week, hasn't played since the season opener against the Cowboys. "I just know he could've played; we held him out," Bowles said. "We want to make sure he's healthy. He'll probably be back out there next week."

Joey Knight, The Tampa Bay Times, published 26 September 2022