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Packers Vs Buccaneers NFL Preview

NFC powerhouses clash Sunday when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-0 SU, 2-0 ATS) host the Green Bay Packers (1-1, 1-1) in NFL Week 3 action. The Buccaneers return home undefeated after eking out a rare 20-10 victory in New Orleans in Week 2. They face a Packers squad that will be energized by their dominating 27-10 victory over the archrival Chicago Bears in last week’s edition of Sunday Night Football.  

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Packers vs Buccaneers Betting Preview

Packers vs Buccaneers Opening Odds

The Buccaneers have dipped to 2.5-point home favorites since opening at -3, while the Packers have made gains on the moneyline, where they have vaulted from +150 to +110 underdogs. The total has also seen plenty of downward movement, tumbling to 41 since opening at a lofty 47.5. Tampa Bay claimed a 31-26 victory as a 3-point road underdog when these teams last met in the NFC championship game in 2021.

With that victory, the Buccaneers improved to 5-3 both straight up and against the spread in their past eight dates with Green Bay, including 3-1 SU and ATS in four home meetings over that stretch. The OVER has paid out in five of the past seven clashes between these teams. However, those two wins for the UNDER both came in Tampa Bay. 

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  • Best Spread
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  • Best Moneyline
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  • Best Total
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Rodgers Hampered By Porous Offensive Line

The Packers rebounded from a shaky performance in their 23-7 season-opening loss to Minnesota by rolling over the archrival Chicago Bears with a 27-10 win last weekend on Sunday Night Football. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers benefited from a much healthier offensive line while tossing for 234 yards and two scores. However, there is still plenty of room for improvement considering Rodgers was sacked three times vs Chicago, and seven times through the team’s first two games.

And while they limited Bears pivot Justin Fields to just 70 passing yards, Green Bay was once again victimized on the ground as Chicago rusher David Montgomery scampered for 122 yards.

On a positive note, the steady play of rusher Aaron Jones has helped Rodgers get over the offseason departure of his favorite downfield target, Davante Adams. After being vocal about his desire to take on a bigger role, Jones backed up his words by running for a game-high 132 yards and one touchdown while adding 38 receiving yards and one scoring catch on Sunday night.

Evans Suspension Complicates Bucs Receiving Woes

Tempers flared in the Buccaneers’ visit to New Orleans last weekend, but the emotional on-field confrontations provided Tom Brady with the necessary spark to power Tampa Bay to its first regular-season win in the Big Easy in four years. 

Brady overcame a frustrating first half by leading the Bucs on an impressive 80-yard scoring drive that gave the team a lead they would not relinquish. But the on-field scrap that preceded that score resulted in the ejection and subsequent suspension of receiver Mike Evans, who led the team with 14 touchdown catches last season.

The absence of Evans amps up the pressure on the remainder of the Buccaneers receiving corps, which has combined to make just one scoring catch through Week 2. It also means a big role for rusher Leonard Fournette, whose 127-yard performance proved key to the team’s 19-3 season-opening win over Dallas.

Packers: Keys To Win

The Green Bay offensive line faces a huge challenge to defend Rodgers against a ferocious Tampa pass defense that has recorded 10 sacks on the season while allowing just one scoring pass over the first two weeks. Sammy Watkins appears poised to emerge as Rodgers’ new favorite target. However, getting the ball to Jones will likely be a high priority for Rodgers, particularly if the Buccaneers are successful at limiting his time and space.

Buccaneers: Keys To Win

Brady has shown that he still has the ability to take control of a game during the Buccaneers’ 2-0 start. However, his management of a depleted receiving corps will likely determine the team’s fate Sunday. With Evans likely out pending the appeal of his suspension, and the status of injured wideouts Julio Jones and Chris Godwin still uncertain, Fournette can expect an increased workload. But he has work to do to build on the middling 45.9 rushing yards he has averaged over his past 11 home appearances.

NFL Computer Pick: Bucs -2

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Shark Bites
  • Green Bay is 7-4 SU in its last 11 as a road underdog.  
  • Tampa Bay is 8-2 SU in its last 10 at home vs Green Bay.
  • The OVER is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.