The Packers erased a disappointing start to the year with a 27-10 victory over the Chicago Bears this weekend. Aaron Rodgers threw for 234 yards and a pair of touchdowns while Aaron Jones turned his 15 carries into 132 rushing yards with a score of his own.
Meanwhile, the Buccaneers walked out of Week 2 with a 20-10 win against the rival New Orleans Saints. It was all about the defense for Tampa Bay, holding New Orleans to just 308 total yards, two fumbles and three interceptions.
Betting News has gathered the latest Packers vs Bucs odds from FanDuel Sportsbook to help shed some light on the situation, along with a prediction and best bets for the NFL Week 3 game. Green Bay Packers vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers Week 3 Matchup Information and Betting Odds Matchup Information Matchup: Green Bay Packers (1-1, 0-1 Away) vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-0, 0-0 Home) Venue & Location: Raymond James Stadium (Tampa, Florida) Date: Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022 Game Time: 4:25 p.m. Eastern Time Packers vs Bucs Info: FOX, NFL+ Packers vs Buccaneers Odds Game odds are via FanDuel as of Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 7:55 a.m. ET. Odds from other top online sportsbooks may also be mentioned in this article. Spread Green Bay Packers +2.5 (-110) Tampa Bay Buccaneers -2.5 (-110) Over/Under Over 41.5 (-110) Under 41.5 (-110) Moneyline Green Bay Packers +120 Tampa Bay Buccaneers -142 Packers vs Bucs Betting Trends Green Bay is 10-3 straight up in its last 13 games in September. Tampa Bay is 8-2 straight up in its last 10 games against Green Bay. Green Bay is 1-4 against the spread (ATS) in its last five road games. Tampa Bay is 5-1 ATS in its last six games against NFC teams. The total has hit the over in five of Green Bay’s last seven games against Tampa Bay. The total has hit the over in five of Tampa Bay’s last six Week 3 matchups. Green Bay Packers vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers Prediction and Picks Packers vs Bucs Prediction: Buccaneers 23, Packers 17 Packers vs Bucs Picks: Buccaneers -2.5 (Best Value: -110 at FanDuel) & Under 41.5 Points (Best Value: -110 at FanDuel)
retirement rumors once again looming, this could be the last time that fans see a Tom Brady-led team facing Rodgers and the Packers.
The two storied signal-callers have met four times over the years, resulting in three wins for Brady. He’s also faced Rodgers twice since joining the Buccaneers, winning each of those meetings.
However, this clash will look different from the ones from before. Rodgers no longer has Davante Adams as his No. 1 wideout and is having issues connecting with his young crop of receivers. Aside from Sammy Watkins’ 93-yard performance, each of the other Green Bay wideouts finished with 38 or fewer yards in Week 2.
Meanwhile, Brady will also be shorthanded now that his own top wide receiver — Mike Evans —
has been suspended for one game following his involvement in a Week 2 scrap. While Evans is expected to appeal the suspension, that isn’t a guarantee that he’ll play.
The Packers heavily leaned on their running backs for their Week 2 victory, however, that might not be a successful plan against the Bucs. Tampa Bay has one of the best defensive lines in the NFL, allowing the third-fewest rushing yards in 2021 while only giving up 86.5 per game this season — ninth-best in the league.
Furthermore, the Buccaneers have only given up an average of 80.5 rushing yards in the two games against the Packers since Brady joined the team in 2020. While history isn’t always indicative of what will happen, between Tampa Bay’s great run defense and Green Bay’s lack of receivers, the Packers may have a tough time moving the ball.
Taking all of this into account, I’m backing the Buccaneers to win here. Their defense has proven to be better than that of the Packers. If Brady can get Chris Godwin and Julio Jones back from injury, Tampa Bay clearly has the passing game advantage as well.
The Bucs are 5-0 ATS in their last five games against the NFC North, so I could see them covering the 2.5-point spread. I’m also erring on the side of caution by taking the under on the total due to questions surrounding both teams’ passing games, ranging from Tampa Bay’s injuries to Rodgers’ lack of chemistry with his pass-catchers.
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