The Green Bay Packers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers meet at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, Sunday at 4:25 pm EST in a huge NFC matchup. The Packers continued their perfect season in beating up on the Atlanta Falcons in five thanks to a four-touchdown day from QB Aaron Rodgers. On the other hand, the Buccaneers had a three-game winning streak snapped in a road loss to the Chicago Bears on Thursday night thanks to a last-second field goal by kicker Cairo Santos with just over a minute remaining.
And while these two teams have played sparingly in the past, the fact is the Packers have won three-straight games versus the Buccaneers while covering in two of their last three matchups, including as 11.5 point favorites in a 20-3 road win in Tampa dating back to December of 2014.
Packers have little issues in taking out FalconsAaron Rodgerswent 27-33 passing on the day versus Atlanta for over 300 yards and four touchdown tosses, including three in the first half, en route to their fourth victory of the year. He hooked up with tight endRobert Tonyanfor three of those scoring strikes while running backAaron Jones(5 rec, 40 yds) also caught a touchdown pass in addition to rushing for 71 yards on 15 carries. It is important to add that Rodgers has also developed connections with running back Jamaal Williams and receiver Marquez Valdez-Scantling (12 rec, 210 yds, TD). They combined for a total of 12 receptions for 140 yards.
It will undoubtedly be interesting to see how the Packers matchup against a defense for the Buccaneers that have shined in all major defensive areas thus far. Important to note that despite battling a hamstring injury, receiverDavonte Adams(17 rec, 192 yds, 2TD's) is probable to suit up for this contest.
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Defensively, Green Bay will certainly have its hands full in attempting to tame an offense for Tampa Bay that possesses a 12th ranked passing attack while posting an average of 28 points per game. LinebackerZa'Darius Smithalong with safety Raven Green each recorded sacks for the Packers last weekend while Smith also finished with six tackles (2 assisted) while Green posted four tackles (3 assisted). However, Green Bay may be without some key pieces within the linebacking corps and secondary withRashon Gary(1.5 sacks) and Kris Barnes (12 tackles) being questionable with ankle and shoulder injuries.
CornerbackKevin King(12 tackles), Jaire Alexander (12 tackles, INT, sack), along with Chandon Sullivan, are each questionable with quad along with hand injuries. Sullivan, however, is probable to suit up after a concussion. Lastly, defensive tackle Kenny Clark continues to deal with a groin injury, yet is also probable to start.
Tampa Bay stunned in last second loss to BearsTampa Bay struggled a bit versus the Bears in their defeat last weekend asTom Bradywent 25-41 passing on the day while finishing with 253 yards along with a touchdown pass toMike Evans(5 rec, 41 yds). Tyler Johnson (61 yds) led the corps while Rob Gronkowski (52 yds) and Cameron Brate (44 yds) combined for a total of 12 catches in the loss for a Buccaneers squad that is ranked 12th in the NFL in posting an average of 266 yards per contest. However, at home, the Buccaneers have been much more efficient in moving the ball as the team is averaging 34 points in two games at Raymond James Stadium this season.
Nonetheless, Brady may be without some outside targets for this contest withJustin Watson(7 rec, 94 yds) and Scotty Miller (15 rec, 251 yds, TD) dealing with hip and chest injuries (Watson is probable). Chris Godwin (11 rec, 143 yds, TD) is also questionable with a hamstring injury while running back Leonard Fournette and LeSean McCoy are also questionable with ankle injuries. Gronkowski is also questionable with a shoulder injury, while Evans may not suit up due to an ankle injury. Important to note that the rushing attack is averaging less than 100 yards per game currently.Ronald Jones II(74 att, 475 yds, TD) led the way with 106 yards on 17 carries versus the Bears (his 2nd-straight 100+ yard rushing day).
Defensively, the Buccaneers have done well to stop both the run and the pass in 2020. However, the team may be missing some critical pieces when they take the field Sunday as linebackerJason Pierre-Paul(9 tackles, four sacks, two ff) and Lavonte David (28 tackles, INT, ff) are questionable with knee injuries. Defensive lineman Vita Vea (6 tackles, two sacks) is out for this contest with a leg injury, while cornerbackCarlton Davis(18 tackles, 3 INT's) is also a game-time decision with an ankle injury.
Important to note that the Buccaneers will attempt to slow down an offense for the Packers that is ranked in the top five in the NFL in most major offensive categories, including total yards per game (456), passing yards (295), rushing yards (151), along with points per game (38) while having not turned the ball over in 2020.
Stats & Trends
- Packers are 4-0 ATS in last 4 games
- Packers are 4-2 ATS in last 6 road games
- Buccaneers are 2-4-1 ATS in last 7 games
- Buccaneers are 1-4-2 ATS in last 7 home games
The line for this contest opened at 2.5 points in favor of the Buccaneers. However, it is now slightly in favor of the Packers (-1). One can assume that the road team has gained a ton of backing due to the injury list for Tampa Bay increasing. In all, the Packers face a must-win game as they will not only look to keep their undefeated record intact, but the team also looks to gain even more confidence by beating up on a team that they may well lock horns within the postseason. The Packers have gotten it done versus the number in recent road contests while also excelling against the spread in 2020. On the other hand, Tampa Bay has not been as successful at home against the spread in recent contests (failing to cover in six of seven games). In all, take the Packers to pick up a slim victory in what will undoubtedly be an interesting, back, and forth affair.