This matchup opened as a pick ‘em on the sportsbook.
Green Bay lost to Pittsburgh on a last-second field goal despite being 14-point underdogs on Sunday in Week 12. The Packers are currently 5-6 straight up and against the spread (ATS) this season while the over has cashed in seven of its total 11 games.
Tampa Bay lost to the Atlanta Falcons and failed to cover as a 10.5-point dog in Week 12, bringing them a season record of 3-7 straight up and 3-6-1 ATS. This is going to be a tight one folks.
Betting Preview for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Green Bay Packers NFL Week 13 Game on December 3 2017
Where: Lambaeu Field
When: Sunday, December 3, 1:00 PM EST
Line: Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+1) vs Green Bay Packers (-1) – view all 2017 NFL lines
TV Broadcast: FOX
Betting on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-7)
The Buccaneers are a team that needs to win out. If they can’t start a streak this week, expect the team to start planning vacation early this year. Last week, Tampa Bay was beaten 34-20 at Atlanta. The Buccaneers were without starting quarterback Jameis Winston due to suspension.
Backup quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick was a game manager (as usual). He completed 27 of 44 passes for 283 yards and zero touchdowns in the loss. Mike Evans returned from suspension to grab six balls for 78 yards. With Winston taking back over at quarterback this week, it will be interesting to see how the team responds to him. Winston has done some more than questionable things throughout his career off the field.
It is only a matter of time if Winston can’t start winning games. If he can’t guide the Buccaneers to the playoffs again this year, he could be in a quarterback competition to start next season. Defensively, Tampa Bay is allowing 404 yards and over 23 points per game this year. The Buccaneers defense was gutted last week on the road. The unit gave up 516 total yards to the Falcons.
Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones looked like one of the greatest ever against Tampa’s secondary. Jones had 12 catches for 253 yards and two touchdowns. If the Buccaneers are going to keep this game close enough to win, the defense must play better against the Pass. Tampa Bay’s secondary is allowing 293 yards passing per game this season.
Betting on the Green Bay Packers (5-6)
The Green Bay Packers might have a losing record right now at 5-6, but the team played encouraging last week, despite losing by three points at Heniz Field. Brett Hundley passed for 245 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. Hundley performance was a positive for Green Bay. Especially after he threw three interceptions the week before in a home loss to the Ravens, 23-0.
Packers receiver Davante Adams continues to play impressive. He had five catches for 82 yards and a touchdown. The Packers will need Hundley and Admas to play as well as they did last week, and possibly better to get the win.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Packers allowed 462 yards of total offense against arguably the most explosive team in the NFL. Green Bay is allowing 366 total yards per game this season. Look for the Packers to take advantage of playing at home. If the Packers can force Winston off of his square in the pocket, expect a successful day from the Packers defense.
Winston will be excited as usual to be playing quarterback, but playing in a cold Lambaeu venue against the Packers could be problems. Don’t expect an offensive explosion from the Buccaneers this week. The team still has a ton to figure out on both sides of the ball. Hundley should play well enough against a terrible Buccaneers secondary to lead the Packers to victory. Take Green Bay at home. Pick: Green Bay (-1)
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