Gameday Tampa Bay

October 18th, 2020

Game 6

Packers (4-0) at Bucs (3-2)

Kickoff: 4:25 p.m.

TV: WTVT-TV Channel 13, NFL Sunday Ticket Channel 715.

Streaming: Fans may stream the broadcast from or on a mobile device using one of the following: Buccaneers Official app, NFL app, Yahoo! Sports app or FOX Sports GO app. Geographic restrictions apply.

Radio: Buccaneers Radio Network WXTB-FM 97.9 in the Tampa-St. Petersburg region; 97.9 FM ESPN Radio in Tallahassee (Transmisiones de radio en español en WTMP-FM 96.1 y WMGG-AM 1470 en Tampa); SiriusXM Channel 135.

Weather: Will it be hot enough to melt the cheese? Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers often struggles in warm weather sites. Tomorrow’s kickoff temperature is expected to be 86 degrees. By Florida standards, that’s comfortable. For Wisconsin standards, that’s a hot summer day. Consider at noon yesterday in Green Bay it was 42. Late today at the Den of Depression, the temperature will sink slightly to 82 by game’s end. There is a 47 percent chance of rain at kickoff and that will drop as the game transpires.

Odds: Per BetMGM, as of noon Saturday, Packers -1; 55-under.

Outlook: With the schedule the Bucs face the next six weeks, if they lose this game it could ignite an ugly nosedive to the season after choking away a win in Chicago. The thing the Bucs have going for them is Rodgers’ history of not playing his best football in warm weather. Could the Bucs use the warm weather to their advantage? This franchise sure hasn’t in over a decade, despite coaches bragging about how teams will wilt in the central Florida sun. The Bucs’ horrible home record in the post-Chucky era (worst in the NFC) suggests the weather is not a factor, but it sure makes for great sound bytes for TV and cheap sports radio shows. Joe isn’t sure how you slow down Rodgers unless the Bucs go ground and pound, and it seems Bucco Bruce Arians is reluctant to do that at the right time. The Packers are somewhat soft in run defense and the Bucs suddenly have developed a solid ground game thanks to the light bulb that flashed on for Ronald Jones. Joe isn’t sure the Bucs can win a shootout with the Packers, as Rodgers is playing some of the best football of his career. Joe will go out on a limb and suggest if the Bucs run for over 120 yards and Brady has a clean game (no pick-sixes), the Bucs win. But it won’t be easy at all.

Trinkets: … Packers QB Aaron Rodgers passed for 327 yards and 4 touchdowns without a pick in Week 4 facing Atlanta, his 25th-career game with 4 or more touchdown passes, fourth-most in NFL history. Rodgers passed for 318 yards and a touchdown without a pick in his last game facing the Bucs. Rodgers has a streak of three straight road games with at least three touchdown passes. … RB Aaron Jones had 111 scrimmage yards (71 rushing, 40 receiving) and a touchdown catch in Week 4. Jones had a rushing touchdown in only career game against Tampa Bay in December 2017. Jones has four rushing touchdowns in his past road games. Jones looks for his third road game in a row and fifth straight overall with a touchdown. He has 34 touchdowns from scrimmage since 2018, third-most in the NFL. … RB Jamaal Williams had a career-high 8 receptions and 105 scrimmage yards (95 receiving, 10 rushing) in Week 4. Williams ran for 113 yards and a touchdown in his only career game against Tampa Bay in December 2017. … WR Davante Adams looks for his third in row on the road with a touchdown catch. Since 2016, Adams leads the NFL with 42 receiving touchdowns. … TE Robert Tonyan set career-highs in receptions (6), receiving yards (98) and receiving touchdowns (3) in Week 4. He is the first Packers tight end with 3 receiving touchdowns in a single game since Jermichael Finley in September 2011. … LB Za’Darius Smith led the Packers with a career-high 8 tackles, 3 sacks and 4 tackles for loss in Week 4 against the Dixie Chicks, his third-career game with 3 or more sacks. He has 11.5 sacks in 10 road games with Green Bay. … LB Preston Smith had a sack in his last game against Tampa Bay in November 2018 while playing for the Redskins. … CB Jaire Alexander looks for his fourth game in a row on the road with a pass defensed. … S Raven Greene had a career-high 7 tackles and his second-career sack against Atlanta. … Bucs QB Tom Brady passed for 253 yards and a touchdown against 0 interceptions last week. He has 10 touchdowns against 3 interceptions in 5 career starts against Green Bay. … RB Ronald Jones had 125 scrimmage yards (106 rushing, 19 receiving) in Week 5 at Chicago, his third-career game with 100 or more rushing yards. He has 100 or more scrimmage yards in 3 of his past 4 at home. RoJo looks for his third in a row with 125 or more scrimmage yards. … WR Mike Evans had 5 catches, including a touchdown against the Bears. Evans is tied for the NFL-lead with 6 receiving touchdowns this season. Evans looks for his fourth in a row at home and seventh in row overall with a touchdown catch. … WR Chris Godwin has 70 or more receiving yards in 3 of his past 4 games at home. … TE Rob Gronkowski had a season-high 52 receiving yards in Week 5. He had 7 catches for 98 yards in his last game against Green Bay in November 2014 while playing for the Belicheats. … TE Cam Brate has a receiving touchdown in 2 of his past 3 games at home. … Rookie WR Tyler Johnson led the Bucs with 61 receiving yards last week. … LB Lavonte David aims for his third game in a row against Green Bay and fifth in a row at home with 7 or more tackles. … LB Jason Pierre Paul had a sack and a forced fumble at Chicago. He has 6 sacks in his past 4 home games. … LB Shaq Barrett has 4 sacks in his past 3 games at home. … DL Ndamukong Suh has tackles for loss in 4 of his past 5 games against Green Bay. … CB Jamel Dean had 4 passes defensed at Chicago, his fourth-career game with 4 or more pass defensed. … CB Carlton Davis led the Bucs with 7 tackles and had an interception last week. Davis has had a pick and 2 passes defensed in 3 of his past 4 games. Davis is tied for the NFL-lead with 3 interceptions in 2020. … Rookie S Antoine Winfield had a pass defensed against the Bears.

The last word: Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is 1-2 playing at the Den of Depression.

11 Responses to “Gameday Tampa Bay”

  1. SB Says:

    Sorry Joe: but

    Put pressure on my Bucs!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Buc1987 Says:

    With that mile long trinkets…

    Go Bucs!

  3. BucAllNight Says:

    Lightning CHAMPS
    Rays CHAMPS
    Bucs {in on Deck Circle} CHAMPS
    Time to SHOW and PROVE
    42-24 BUCS

    DefenseComingOut Party
    Go Bucs!!!

  4. Mike in LOL Says:

    Lucky enough to have scored some tickets from work and will be taking my son – GO BUCS!!!

  5. Augsut 1976 Buc Says:

    Very winnable game. GO BUCS!!!!!

  6. Mike C Says:

    Going to the game and pumped, we NEED YOU BUCS FANS! ,MAKE SOME NOISE!!!!

  7. JameisAlmighty Says:

    I’m looking for Terrible Tom Brady to have a career day. Bucs wins 3-0.

  8. JameisAlmighty Says:

    Can’t wait to hear who else is going to the game. Whooptydo, who cares. Your hero Terrible Tom doesn’t. Brutal Bruce doesn’t, nor does Jason Sucker Licht.

  9. ArmchairGM Says:

    For anyone concerned about the game last week, Carolina’s first drive:
    Run for 2 yard loss
    Sacked at their own 1

    Makes me feel better about the Bucs struggles last week. Bears pass rush is scary.

  10. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    I hope we run ROJO down their throats today!

  11. Mirrormirroronthewall Says:

    Speaking of having no weapons, checkout what Teddy Bridgewater is playing with. And all you all do is make excuses for Brady,