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Green Bay Packers vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Preview and Predictions 10-18-2020

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It's not like the Green Bay Packers need the help, but they're about to get it anyway.

It appears as if their No. 1 receiver, Davante Adams, will return for Sunday's trip to Tampa Bay. Adams sat out their last two games with a hamstring injury, taking to Twitter prior to a 30-16 win over Atlanta on Oct. 5 to express his unhappiness with being deactivated.

But Adams, who caught 17 passes for 192 yards before sustaining his injury in a 42-21 rout of Detroit on Sept. 21, used Green Bay's bye week to heal. He was a full participant in Wednesday's practice, a good sign that he's going to play.

"I'll always just put it on the wideout room," Adams said. "I try and put as much on my back. The team goes as we go is just kind of how you put that onus on your back to take care of business."

Business has been good for the 4-0 Packers, with or without Adams. They average a league-high 38 points per game while ranking second in yards per game (454.3), fourth in rushing yards (150.8) and fifth in passing yardage (303.5).

While the schedule has been kind -- the combined record of its opponents is 5-15 -- Green Bay has only had to sweat out one close game. Odds are it'll have to play a 60-minute game against the Buccaneers (3-2).

And they'll face a team which figures to be motivated to wash the taste of its last game out of its mouth. Tampa Bay is coming off a 20-19 loss in Week 5 at Chicago, its offense unable to get out of its own way at times against a good Bears defense.

While most casual fans might remember that game for Bucs quarterback Tom Brady appearing to forget the downs on his team's last unsuccessful series, things went awry for him and the offense well before then.

Tampa Bay committed 11 penalties and its line allowed Brady to be sacked three times, along with being pressured on a decent percentage of his 41 passes. The Buccaneers scored 10 points in the first quarter, and couldn't match that for the game's remainder.

"You need to have clean games where you stay ahead on down and distance," Brady said.

"No way we should have lost that game," said Tampa Bay running back Ronald Jones. "Again, shooting ourselves in the foot."

Jones was one of the few offensive players to stand out. The third-year pro rushed for 106 yards, his second straight game over 100, and almost rescued a low Brady throw for a first-quarter touchdown that was overturned on review.

A bigger problem for the Buccaneers this week might be the absence of nose tackle Vita Vea, who broke his leg with less than two minutes left at Chicago after a teammate rolled up his leg.

Given that the Packers boast the NFL's second-leading rusher in Aaron Jones (374 yards), it stands to figure that the league's top rushing defense might have some trouble living up to that stature.

All those storylines, though, pale in comparison to the possibility of this being the last regular-season meeting between Brady and Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The two have split their previous two matchups, Rodgers winning in 2014 at Lambeau Field and Brady taking the rematch two years ago in New England.

And Rodgers will take the field for this one with a fortified roster. Besides Adams, veteran tight end Marcedes Lewis is scheduled to return.

"They infuse our squad with a lot of confidence," Rodgers said.

--Field Level Media

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Tampa, Florida, USA.
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Last Injuries

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • John Hurst

    Ankle
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Hurst has been activated from the Injured Reserve/Designated for Return list after recovering from an ankle injury, and it is uncertain if he will return against the Raiders on Sunday.

  • John Molchon

    Knee
    Ques Sun | I-R

    Molchon has been added to the Injured Reserve/Designated for Return list with a knee injury, and the team has a two-week window in to activate him.

  • Leonard Fournette

    Ankle
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Fournette sat out the last game with an ankle injury, and it is unclear if he will line up versus the Raiders on Sunday.

  • Khalil Davis

    Ankle
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Davis missed the previous contest due to an ankle injury, and it is unknown if he will be active Sunday against the Raiders.

  • Scotty Miller

    Hip
    Prob Sun | probable

    Miller is hobbled by hip and groin injuries, but it is not expected to affect his status for Sunday's showdown with the Packers.

  • Jason Pierre-Paul

    Knee
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Pierre-Paul is hampered by a knee injury, and it remains to be seen if he will line up against the Packers on Sunday.

  • Justin Watson

    Chest
    Prob Sun | probable

    Watson missed the last game with a chest injury, but he is likely to be available Sunday against the Packers.

  • Chris Godwin

    Hamstring
    Prob Sun | probable

    Godwin has missed the previous two games due to a right hamstring injury, but it is likely that he will take the field versus the Packers on Sunday.

Green Bay Packers

  • Kamal Martin

    Knee
    Ques Sun | I-R

    Martin has been sent to the Injured Reserve/Designated for Return list with a torn meniscus in his left knee. It is uncertain if he will return Sunday versus the Texans.

  • Darnell Savage

    Quadricep
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Savage picked up a quad injury in the previous contest, and it is unclear if he will be available against the Texans on Sunday.

  • Tyler Lancaster

    Shoulder
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Lancaster was forced from the previous game with a shoulder injury. It has yet to be established if he will suit up against the Texans on Sunday.

  • Tyler Ervin

    Wrist
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Ervin missed the previous contest with a wrist injury, and it is unclear if he will line up versus the Texans on Sunday.

  • Kevin King

    Quadricep
    Ques Sun | questionable

    King missed the last game due to a quad injury, and it is unknown if he will be available Sunday versus the Texans.

  • David Bakhtiari

    Chest
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Bakhtiari left the last contest with a chest injury, and it is unknown if he will play against the Texans on Sunday.

  • Chandon Sullivan

    Concussion
    Prob Sun | probable

    Sullivan left the last game due to a concussion, but he is projected to take part in Sunday's tilt against the Buccaneers.

  • Equanimeous St. Brown

    Knee
    Ques Sun | questionable

    St. Brown has been activated from the Injured Reserve/Designated for Return list after recovering from knee injury, and it remains to be seen if he will return to the field Sunday versus the Buccaneers.