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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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Last Injuries

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • John Molchon

    Knee
    Prob Mon | probable

    Molchon has been activated from the Injured Reserve/Designated for Return list after healing from a knee injury, and he is likely to return Monday against the Giants.

  • Scotty Miller

    Hip
    Ques Mon | questionable

    Miller is dealing with injuries to his hip and groin, leaving his status for Monday's contest versus the Giants clouded.

  • Jason Pierre-Paul

    Knee
    Ques Mon | questionable

    Pierre-Paul is nursing a knee injury, and it is unknown if he will suit up against the Giants on Monday.

  • Antoine Winfield Jr.

    Shoulder
    Ques Mon | questionable

    Winfield Jr. is battling shoulder and groin injuries. It is uncertain if he will line up Monday versus the Giants.

  • Carlton Davis

    Chest
    Prob Mon | probable

    Davis exited the last game with a chest injury, but he is expected to face the Giants on Monday.

  • Chris Godwin

    Finger
    Out Mon | out

    Godwin is recovering from surgery to repair a fractured index finger, and he will not be available for Monday's matchup with the Giants.

  • Rob Gronkowski

    Shoulder
    Ques Mon | questionable

    Gronkowski has a shoulder injury, and it is unclear if he will play against the Giants on Monday.

  • Khalil Davis

    Ankle
    Prob Mon | probable

    Davis has missed the previous two contests due to an ankle injury, but he is projected to be active for Monday's matchup against the Giants.

Green Bay Packers

  • Equanimeous St. Brown

    Knee
    Prob Sun | probable

    St. Brown is hampered by a knee injury, but he is likely to compete against the Vikings on Sunday.

  • Robert Tonyan

    Ankle
    Prob Sun | probable

    Tonyan is managing injuries to his ankle and knee. It is anticipated that he will be on the field against the Vikings on Sunday.

  • Darnell Savage

    Quadricep
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Savage sat out the previous contest with a quad injury, and it is unclear if he will face the Vikings on Sunday.

  • Marcedes Lewis

    Knee
    Prob Sun | probable

    Lewis is battling a knee injury, but he is projected to participate in Sunday's contest with the Vikings.

  • John Lovett

    Knee
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Lovett is battling a knee injury, and it has yet to be established if he will partake in Sunday's matchup versus the Vikings.

  • Kamal Martin

    Knee
    Prob Sun | probable

    Martin is bothered by a knee injury, but he is expected to be a participant in Sunday's showdown against the Vikings.

  • Preston Smith

    Shoulder
    Prob Sun | probable

    Smith is bothered by a shoulder injury, but it is not projected to keep him out of Sunday's lineup against the Vikings.

  • Christian Kirksey

    Shoulder
    Ques Sun | I-R

    Kirksey has been ticketed for the Injured Reserve/Designated for Return list due to a right shoulder injury, and his three-week window to be activated has begun.