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Green Bay Packers vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Pick & Prediction OCT 18TH 2020

Complete TV: FOX Raymond James Stadium Tampa
271Packers Green Bay
272Buccaneers Tampa Bay
OP
52
-2.5
CU
51.5o -110
2.5 +105
ML
ML: -150
ML: 130
Partials
2 3
10 0 0 0
0 28 10 0
Score
10
38

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

 

Green Bay Packers vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Ronald Jones II rushed for 113 yards and two touchdowns on Sunday as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers sent the Green Bay Packers crashing from the unbeaten's ranks with a 38-10 pounding at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla.

Tom Brady contributed an efficient 17 of 27 performance for 166 yards and two scores, including the 91st touchdown pass of his career to tight end Rob Gronkowski. The 12-yard connection with 1:02 left in the first half capped a 28-point second quarter outburst that shaped the game's remainder.

Brady and Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers were standing on the sidelines in baseball caps before the NFC battle ended. Rodgers was battered after a sharp first two possessions, finishing 16 of 35 for 160 yards with two interceptions.

The first quarter hinted at another dominant performance for the Packers' offense. They drove 10 plays and 54 yards to start the game, getting a 39-yard field goal from Mason Crosby. Aaron Jones capped a march of 7:32 with a 1-yard touchdown run for a 10-0 lead.

The Buccaneers (4-2) turned momentum with their defense. Jamel Dean picked off Rodgers -- the first Green Bay turnover in five games -- and cruised 32 yards to cut the deficit to 10-7 just 2:18 into the second quarter.

A tipped-ball interception by Mike Edwards resulted in a 37-yard return to the 2. Ronald Jones scored his first touchdown on the next play and Tampa Bay led for good.

Brady polished off a drive of 6:05 with a 7-yard scoring strike to Tyler Johnson with 4:35 left for a 21-10 advantage. Then Brady led a classic two-minute drill of 62 yards to finish the second quarter explosion, hitting his old New England teammate Gronkowski to put the Packers (4-1) away.

Ryan Succop added a 50-yard field goal less than three minutes into the third quarter for a 31-10 lead, and Ronald Jones capped an 85-yard march with a 1-yard touchdown run with 2:40 left in the period.

Jones became the first Buccaneers' running back since Doug Martin in 2015 to rush for 100 yards in three straight games.

Tampa Bay wasn't called for any penalties, while the Packers were flagged six times for 76 yards.

--Field Level Media