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Preview: Packers at Buccaneers


The Green Bay Packers have not been at their best away from home this season, but they can wrap up their 2014 road slate with a .500 record Sunday when they visit the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Packers' seven road games have featured only one victory by more than three points - a 38-17 win at Chicago on Sept. 28. They have not won in Tampa Bay since 2003, but they certainly expect to play better than they did in last week's 21-13 loss at Buffalo.

"We definitely want to be home (in the postseason), especially the way Aaron's playing here right now," Packers tight end Andrew Quarless told reporters this week of Aaron Rodgers, who has 12 touchdowns and five interceptions on the road, compared to 23 TDs and no interceptions at home. Green Bay can clinch a playoff berth this weekend, although it will need help from Philadelphia and/or Dallas, but the Packers remain focused on themselves as they attempt to avoid bringing a two-game skid into the regular-season finale versus Detroit. Tampa Bay, meanwhile, has lost four straight games and currently is in line to pick first in the 2015 draft.

TV: 1 p.m., FOX. LINE: Packers -10.5. O/U: 48.5

ABOUT THE PACKERS (10-4): Green Bay has followed each of its first three losses with victories by the combined margin of 124-55, but to continue that trend they will need better play out of Rodgers, who was 17-of-42 for 185 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions last week. Rodgers, who is among the MVP front-runners, has thrown 13 touchdowns and no interceptions in the three games following a loss this season. Eddie Lacy enters this matchup with at least 100 scrimmage yards in seven straight games - the first time a Packer has ever done that - and has eight total TDs in his last six games.

ABOUT THE BUCCANEERS (2-12): Tampa Bay has already lost at least 12 games for the third time in five seasons and is the only NFL team that has not won a home game in 2014. The Bucs average 18.1 points and have scored more than 17 points only three times following last week's 19-17 loss to Carolina in which Josh McCown was limited to 13-of-28 for 154 yards. Doug Martin has had a very disappointing third season, but enjoyed his finest game of 2014 against the Panthers, running for a season-high 96 yards on 14 carries, although 63 of those yards came on one run.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Lacy needs 60 rushing yards to reach 1,000 yards for the second straight season.

2. With a win over Tampa Bay, Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy will take aim at his 100th victory against Detroit next Sunday.

3. Bucs DE Jacquies Smith has 5.5 sacks in his last five games.

PREDICTION: Packers 33, Buccaneers 16

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Last Injuries

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • Chris Godwin

    Concussion
    day-to-day | questionable

    Godwin sat out the previous game as he is going through the concussion protocol, and it is unknown if he will suit up against the Broncos during Week 3.

  • Parnell Motley

    Hamstring
    day-to-day | questionable

    Motley has missed the past two games with a hamstring injury, and it is unclear if he will be available Week 3 against the Broncos.

  • Antony Auclair

    Calf
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Auclair has hit the injured reserve list due to a calf injury, and it is uncertain how much time he will miss.

  • Donovan Smith

    Knee
    Prob Sun | probable

    Smith is nursing a knee injury, but is likely to be in Sunday's lineup against the Panthers.

  • Carlton Davis

    Hand
    day-to-day | questionable

    Davis left Sunday's game due to a hand injury, and it is unknown if he will return.

  • Mike Evans

    Hamstring
    Prob Sun | probable

    Evans is dealing with a hamstring injury, but he is expected to take the field Sunday versus the Panthers.

  • Rakeem Nunez-Roches

    Upper Body
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Nunez-Roches left the previous game due to an upper-body injury, and it is unknown if he will line up against the Panthers on Sunday.

  • Andrew Adams

    Hamstring
    Prob Sun | probable

    Adams has a hamstring injury, but he is expected to play Sunday versus the Saints.

Green Bay Packers

  • Randy Ramsey

    Groin
    day-to-day | questionable

    Ramsey has been unavailable for the past two games due to a groin injury, and it is uncertain if he will face the Saints in Week 3.

  • Equanimeous St. Brown

    Knee
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    St. Brown has ended up on the injured reserve list with knee injury, and it is unknown when he will return to the fold.

  • Tyler Ervin

    Concussion
    day-to-day | questionable

    Ervin was lifted from the last game due to a concussion, and it is uncertain if he will pass protocol in time for Week 3 versus the Saints.

  • Kenny Clark

    Groin
    day-to-day | questionable

    Clark missed the last game with a groin injury, and it remains to be seen if he will line up against the Saints in Week 3.

  • Davante Adams

    Hamstring
    day-to-day | questionable

    Adams made an early exit during the last game with a hamstring injury, and it is unknown if he will be active Week 3 against the Saints.

  • Josiah Deguara

    Shin
    day-to-day | questionable

    Deguara sat out the previous game with injuries to his shin and ankle. It is unknown if he will take the field against the Saints in Week 3.

  • Corey Linsley

    Hand
    day-to-day | questionable

    Linsley left the last game due to a hand injury, and it has yet to be determined if he will face the Saints in Week 3.

  • Lucas Patrick

    Shoulder
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Patrick exited the last game due to a shoulder injury, and his availability for Sunday against the Lions is unknown.