Gameday Tampa Bay!

December 3rd, 2017

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Game 12

Bucs (4-7) at Packers (5-6)

Kickoff: 1 p.m.

TV: WTVT-TV Channel 13; DirecTV Ch. 713

Radio: Buccaneers Radio Network (WXTB-FM 97.9 in Tampa-St. Petersburg region); SiriusXM Channel 121.

Weather: Wow, per, the Bucs will luck out big time with the weather. Generally, when you think of Green Bay in December, you think of heavy snow if not walk-in-freezer-like temperatures on the famed frozen tundra of the Northlands. Not this Sunday. It is expected to be, by Wisconsin standards, positively Florida-like. Look for a partly sunny day with the temperature reaching 50! Tailgating will be chilly at 35 degrees at 9 a.m. It should warm up to 46 by kickoff and by the end of the game be at 48. As the good people of the land of the cheese would say, “Yah, hey ‘der.'”

Odds: Per, Packers -2.

Outlook: Joe, to the angst of a lot of Bucs fans, must call it straight, which doesn’t exactly make the pompon crowd giddy with delight. Joe is a history guy and a show-me kind of guy. You know, the burning bush type? So far this season the Bucs’ defense on the road has been positively horrific. The Bucs allow an average of 315 yards in the air in road games. That is the worst in the NFL. No other team is gagging up an average of 300 yards a game passing. And this is a defense that has starters like Gerald McCoy, perhaps having his best year, Lavonte David, perhaps having his best year, Brent Grimes, an ageless wonder, and two solid if not strong linebackers Kwon Alexander and Kendall Beckwith. Just about every NFL team would kill to have those five as starters, yet the Bucs defense vomits all over itself each and every road game. So after watching Packers backup quarterback Brett Hundley throw for three touchdowns against the mighty Steelers last week at Pittsburgh, there is nothing to suggest he won’t have a fine game today. Especially since the Bucs demonstrated that backup quarterbacks are as lethal as All-Pros. Miserable Matt Moore damned near threw for 300 yards against the Bucs — in one half for God sake! The only thing, and Joe means the only thing, he can think of that may save the Bucs defense is that thus far, all road games this season have either been played in a dome, on turf, or in a tropical climate. Lambeau Field is neither a dome nor has a turf field nor is located in a tropical climate. Yes, it’s great to have America’s Quarterback, Pro Bowler Jameis Winston, back. But just like in Buffalo, Jameis is going to have to outscore his own defense for the Bucs to win. Yeah, the Packers have a soft secondary. This just in: A picture of the Bucs’ pass defense, on the road this season, can be found on labels of a fabric softener at Publix. Why, Julio Jones ran up and down the field on the Bucs last week so bad, scores of fans at the Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta had to be treated for whiplash.

Trinkets: Tampa Bay leads the NFL in forced fumbles (28) and is second in the NFL in takeaways (49) to Baltimore (54). … The Bucs are the worst team in the NFL in both passing yards allowed on the road, and third down conversion defense (49 percent) overall. … Additionally, the Bucs have the worst defense for yards allowed per game and of course, who could forget a league-low sack total (15)? Merry Christmas! … WR Mike Evans needs 10 catches to surpass Keyshawn Johnson for fifth-most in franchise history. Evans currently has 389 catches. … WR DeSean Jackson caught eight balls last week, the most he has had in one game since 2014. … K Patrick Murray and his field goal percentage (85.7) is second only to Bears K Connor Barth (84.2). … Since Dirk Koetter took over the Bucs, the team has had at least 5,500 yards of offense each season, the longest streak in franchise history. The Bucs need 1,699 yards in the next five games to extend that streak to three seasons. … LB Lavonte David needs one more fumble recovery to move into No. 2 in franchise history to tie with John Cannon (11). Ronde Barber has the franchise record for fumble recoveries at 21. … TE O.J. Howard has three touchdowns in his last four road games. He is second for rookie tight ends in receiving yards (331) and touchdowns (4). … LB Kendell Beckwith ranks third among NFL rookies with 54 tackles. … The Packers have won 14 of their last 15 home games against the Bucs. … Green Bay has at least one takeaway in 10 of 11 games this season. … In six of the last eight games, Green Bay has won the turnover battle. … The Packers have won 10 of their last 12 December home games. … Nine times in 11-year tenure of Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy, the Packers have won at least three December home games. … The Packers wide receivers are, and have been dangerous. WR Davante Adams has 18 receptions for 298 yards (99.3 per game) and two touchdowns in his past three. … WR Jordy Nelson has 11 touchdowns in his last 10 games at Lambeau Field. In his past two games against the Bucs, Nelson has torched Tampa Bay with 15 receptions for 236 yards (118 per game) and three touchdowns. Since 2016, Nelson is tied for first in the NFL touchdown catches and Adams is third with 19. … LB Blake Martinez tied a career mark for tackles in a game (15) last week against Pittsburgh. He leads Green Bay and is fourth overall in the NFL with 98 tackles. … LB Nick Perry has 5.5 sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in his last seven games. All but a half-sack have come in Lambeau Field in the past six Packers’ home games. … DT Mike Daniels has two sacks in the past three games. CB Damarious Randall is third in the NFL in picks (four).

14 Responses to “Gameday Tampa Bay!”

  1. Wesley Says:

    Hottest Packer fan EVER.

  2. Pickgrin Says:

    She looks more like a Florida hottie wearing a Packers “shirt” than a girl from Wisconsin.

    Reminds me how much I miss the Morning Cup of Joe.

  3. RachelWatson'sThong Says:

    That is probably the only pretty thing we’re going to see about today’s game. Hope I’m wrong. More than likely won’t be. Nothing has changed about the Buc’s to lead me to believe differently.

  4. NJBucsFan Says:

    The women of Wisconsin do not look like that.

  5. BucTrooper Says:

    First, that’s not a Packer fan. That’s a model wearing a packer shirt. I’ve been to more GB/TB than any other team in my 37 years in Tampa and there are NO Hot Packers fan. None. Zero.

    Secondly “K Patrick Murray and his field goal percentage (85.7) is second only to Bears K Connor Barth (84.2)”. How is he SECOND when his FG is better?

  6. Bird Says:

    Wow. Just wow

  7. Buddy Says:

    Game day!! 1 day closer to Dirks firing!! Hurry up Glazers fire this clown before the Monday night football embarrassment that’s coming.

  8. MadMax Says:

    “The women of Wisconsin do not look like that.”

    Hahaha, Yup! A few may slip through though lol. I drove a big rig for a few years, and by far the women of the south own the beauty gene. Must be something in the water, I dont know, but glad Im blessed to be here and surrounded by it.

  9. Broy34isTiredofNegativity Says:

    My wife is a hot packer fan. But good lord this woman

  10. MadMax Says:

    Oh, how bad will JW#3 play today?

  11. Pickgrin Says:

    And regarding the Morning Cup of Joe..

    Joes have usually been quite forthcoming to their readers about internal stuff.

    So why did Joe never reveal or explain to readers why the very popular daily offering was removed last summer and never seen again since?

    The only hint of an explanation was in the comments section one day, Joe wrote something about an “advertising experiment” with no additional details that sounded like some made-up BS or excuse.

    Care to come clean as to why you 86ed the Morning Cup of Joe – Joe?

  12. Easy Says:

    Hundley will look like Rodgers against this soft quarters defense

  13. Seminole Bill Says:

    Female Packer fans are all bundled up to ward off the cold. That is a Bucs fan, impersonating a Packers fan.

  14. Mike Johnson Says:

    I’d rather spend my Sunday with the..HoneyBun in the picture than watch my Bucs lose.