Preview: Rodgers, Brady square off for just third time in long careers

TAMPA, Fla. — Tom Brady has a score to settle with Aaron Rodgers, and it’s got nothing to do with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Green Bay Packers.

The Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks meet for just the third time in their long careers Sunday, with Rodgers’ Packers (4-0) trying to remain unbeaten and Brady’s Bucs (3-2) eager to see how they measure up with one of the NFL’s top teams.

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The stars understand they’re the focal point of the matchup, but reject the notion it’ll be Brady vs. Rodgers.

“When you play against another great quarterback, you always know those are the tough teams to beat because they’re prepared, they’re going to play well on offense, they’ve got a very talented defense. It just means you can’t make a lot of mistakes,” Brady said.

“I’m not defending Aaron. We’ve got a whole defense that’s doing that. But from my standpoint, what does that mean? I can play a role in that by doing our job on offense, so that a guy like that doesn’t have his offense on the field trying to score points,” Brady added. “You just can’t give guys like that extra opportunities because they make you pay.”

Rodgers, who has thrown for 13 touchdowns and zero interceptions through four games, struck a similar tone.

“I’m not playing against Tom; I’m playing against the Buccaneers’ defense. That’s how it should be viewed,” Rodgers said.

“He’s obviously done it at the highest of levels for so

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