It’s a marquee matchup at Raymond James Stadium down in Tampa this coming Sunday, as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers host the undefeated Green Bay Packers. Also, that’s another meeting between future Hall of Famers Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers. Which legend is going to lead his team to a win? The sportsbook predicts a close one, opening at -2 in favor of Green Bay, but with bettors moving the line to -1 overnight.
Betting Preview for the Green Bay Packers vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers Regular Season Week 6 Game on October 18, 2020
Where: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa
When: Sunday, October 18, 2020, 4:25 PM ET
TV Broadcast: FOX
Betting on the Green Bay Packers (-1)
Regular Season Record: 4-0
Aaron Rodgers has the Packers rolling. They entered their bye in Week 5 following a 30-16 drubbing of the poor Atlanta Falcons at Lambeau Field. With Rodgers orchestrating the offense, the Packers have become the highest-scoring team in the NFL, averaging 38.0 points per game. Rodgers shredded the Falcons’ defense for 327 passing yards and four touchdowns on 27-of-33 completions. On the season, he’s thrown 13 touchdowns with zero interceptions. His 92.5 quarterback rating, per ESPN, is No. 1 among all signal-callers. Tampa Bay’s defense presents a tougher challenge for Rodgers than what the Falcons offered him in Week 4, but the Packers quarterback is about to get back his main weapon. Davante Adams, who’s missed the last two games with a hamstring injury, is reportedly practicing this week without any setbacks – a great sign for his availability against the Bucs. The Packers’ pass rush can also spell trouble for the Buccaneers, which allowed Tom Brady to get sacked three times last week. The Packers are sixth in the NFL with an 8.28 defensive sack percentage.
The Packers are 4-0 against the spread so far this season.
Betting on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+1)
Regular Season Record: 3-2
After winning three games in a row, the Bucs saw that streak end in Week 5 after absorbing a 20-10 road loss to Nick Foles and the Chicago Bears. That must be hard to swallow for the Bucs, especially to Brady, as it meant another loss to former Super Bowl nemesis Nick Foles. Brady passed for only 253 yards and a touchdown without an interception on 25-of-41 completions against the Bears, while running back Ronald Jones led the backfield with 106 rushing yards on 17 carries. Leonard Fournette was active last week but didn’t see action due to an ankle issue, but another week of rest could have him back to 100 percent when the Bucs take on the Packers. The Bucs were called for 11 penalties for a loss of 109 yards in the Bears game, and that’s something they will have to cut down against a quality team like Green Bay. Defensively, the Bucs will look to bottle up Rodgers with their pass rush that has 17 sacks on the season — third in the NFL. The Bucs are also third overall with six interceptions.
The over is 3-0 in the Bucs’ last three games.
The Packers win, 26-24.
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