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Predictions: Green Bay Packers vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Shawn (11-3) — Let’s not waste a lot of time, effort or brain cells on this endeavor. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are BAD. What’s more — they are 2-12, and their primary motivation should be getting as high a draft spot as possible.

The short list of things they have going for them are as follows:

1. They are 2-12, but have lost a lot of close games.

2. They are at home.

3. Josh McCown is their quarterback and he has a similar record to Kyle Orton against the Packers.

4. Aaron Rodgers has struggled against Tampa Bay in his career, especially at Tampa where, in two games, he has thrown 4 TDs, 6 INTs and had QB ratings of 55.9 and 57.1.

Here is my response to the above factors:

1. They’ve lost a lot of close games. Good for them. I don’t expect this to be another.

2. The Bucs perhaps are at home in name only. I expect about half the fans in the stands to be wearing green and gold.

3. McCown barely beat the Packers with Seneca Wallace at quarterback. Enough said.

4. Aaron Rodgers is better than the 2008 and 2009 version of himself that struggled against Tampa and Tampa is worse. After one of the worst games of his career, I expect Rodgers to have a strong game, regardless of the opponent.

Tampa Bay’s defense is bad, and their offense is worse. I expect the Packers offense to rebound from last week’s debacle and control this football game. Aided by the Packers offense putting the pressure on McCown and the Tampa offense, I expect the defense to play well and get a couple turnovers. I don’t expect this game to be close. I predict there will mostly be Packer fans left in the stadium by the fourth quarter.

We’re on to Detroit.

Packers 41, Buccaneers 17

Andrew (10-4) — For a good long while this week, I felt the Packers could lose this game. I honestly could still see it happening on some level. I just don’t know what to make of this team. They are not reliable in this situation. However, what turned it for me was something I heard on the radio yesterday. When the Buccaneers single game tickets went on sale for this contest, they sold out within a couple hours.

So like Shawn has noted above, this stadium will be packed with Packer fans and in the end THAT will be the difference.

Tampa Bay does have some bulletin board material working for them because Mike McCarthy decided to name team captains for the playoffs which simultaneously announced to the rest of the world that he believes this game, and the Buccaneers team, is a gimme.

How would you take that if you were playing for Tampa Bay? You’d like to punch that team in the mouth wouldn’t you? Tampa Bay will come out flying and if the Packers aren’t prepared for that (which let’s face it, they haven’t been on the road this season or at Tampa Bay in the recent past) they CAN lose this game.

I believe Tampa Bay will play hard and it will be Green Bay’s ability/inability to play its A-game that determines how close it is. I don’t think this game will be the blowout that a lot of people predict. Nothing would make me happier to be wrong, but I see the Packers as a team on the decline and feel only the “home field” advantage pulls them through in this one.

Green Bay 23 Tampa Bay 17

Monty (10-4) — This game should be a gimme. Tampa Bay is straight up awful.

Of course, the Green Bay Packers are straight up mediocre on the road. They’ll need to win this game just finish with a .500 road record this season. They’ll also need to win this game to keep their hopes for a first-round bye alive and to keep pace with the Lions for the NFC North lead.

Those last two are a little more important than the first one. However, the first point perfectly illustrates just how average the Packers are away from Lambeau Field.

If anyone tells you that doesn’t matter this week, they haven’t watched the Packers play this year. It does matter. The Packers haven’t put together a complete game on the road this year.

You saw it last week against Buffalo. The Packers defense played well, but the offense was dog shit and the special teams were just as bad if not worse. Their previous road game — at Minnesota — was a three-point squeaker against a team who they have about five times as much talent as. The road game prior to that was the blowout in New Orleans, when the defense was garbage against a Saints team that is almost as awful as Tampa.

The good news for the Packers is Tampa is that almost.

The Packers would really have to shit the bed to lose on Sunday and I don’t see that happening. Aaron Rodgers just had his worst game as a pro. If he’s the league MVP — and we’re pretty sure he is — he bounces back in this game. The Packers defense will build off of last week’s performance.

The only thing the Bucs have going for them is a pair of pretty good (and big) receivers in Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans. With no Davon House — the Packers’ tallest cornerback — the Packers will have trouble covering those guys.

One advantage isn’t going to win you this game, though.

It won’t be pretty because the Packers haven’t been pretty once on the road this year, but it only needs to be effective.

Packers 24, Buccaneers 17

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Shawn

Shawn Neuser attended UWGB and lives and works in Green Bay. He enjoys long walks on the beach and being intimate with game film.

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12 Comments

  1. Savage57 December 20, 2014

    Bucs surprise Packers early, take 17-10 lead. Duh realizes he has a game on his hands, pulls head out of ass and Pack rallies for 4 second-half TD’s to beat Bucs 38-20.

  2. MMK December 20, 2014

    30-17

  3. Packerfan2008 December 20, 2014

    35-24

  4. billybong December 20, 2014

    Every week, same bullshit, “this team has a great defense, one of the best”, “this team has a very good running game”, blah blah blah, hey, we must of played the best toughest defense ten times now at least…lets go out and post up a big win and quit with the excuses….sure the Bucs will play hard, its the NFL, they aint the Bears, got a gift from the Redskins, now go about your business..lose to the Bucs, do you really think you should be in the playoffs?? GO PACK 41 -10…..(and with no injuries)

  5. Howard December 20, 2014

    I would be disappointed and surprised if the Pack did not score 30+ in this game. There are five things I want to see the Pack do besides get a win.
    1. Score as many or more points in the second half than the first half, finish strong.
    2. Bring down the ball carrier by gang tackle or the first hit while wrapping up, finish strong.
    3. No assholes in red blocking kicks or running kicks back, finish strong.
    4. Steady pressure and sacks on the QB, finish strong
    5. Stay balanced on offense, finish strong.

    Go Pack!

  6. TyKo Steamboat December 20, 2014

    20-13 Packers

  7. James Bennett December 21, 2014

    I think what we’d all like to see (finally) is a really good showing on the road. In the playoffs, we may find ourselves on the road a time or two. If we bring our “A” game, this should be a no doubter, but it’s hard to have a lot of confidence the way we’ve struggled this year away from Lambeau. So it’s time for Rodgers and company to bring it.

  8. Teqiila December 21, 2014

    They need to win and work out all the bullshit before they see Detroit.

  9. Kato December 21, 2014

    Not going to lie, a bit worried about this game.
    1. Their play away from lambeau this year
    2. Rodgers history playing at Tampa (dont give me the garbage about how is a better qb now)
    3. The Lovie Smith factor. Lovie Smith defenses have nearly always kept Rodgers in check.

    Granted this version of Lovie Smiths defense doesnt have the talent it had in chicago, I still think Rodgers isnt going to go out and have a great performance. However, I think the running game will pick them up. Gerald McCoy will give Sitton/Lang some issues I think. Packers 31, Tampa 19. Lacy/Starks combo runs for 185 and 3 TDs

  10. Howard December 21, 2014

    McCoy will have a hard time giving anyone problems in street clothes.

  11. kato December 21, 2014

    Whoops howard. Didn’t realize he was injured. Him out helps them out quite a bit. although he would be a good warmup for such and company next week.

  12. icebowl December 21, 2014

    Was actually cheering fir L’il Jimmy “Santa” Claussen. Friggin Bearz blew it, they had butterball and his pussies against the ropes…
    Big game coming up – time to start new cold weather losing streak fir lionettes