Gameday Tampa Bay

September 25th, 2022

Game 3

Packers (1-1) at Bucs (2-0)

Kickoff: 4:30 p.m.

TV: WTVT-TV Channel 13, NFL Sunday Ticket Channel 717.

Streaming: Fans may stream the broadcast from, FOX or on a mobile device using the Buccaneers official app, FOX Sports app or NFL+. Geographic restrictions apply.

Radio: Buccaneers Radio Network WXTB-FM 97.9 in the Tampa-St. Petersburg region (Transmisiones de radio en español en WTMP-FM 96.1 y WMGG-AM 1470 en Tampa). Additional stations throughout Florida on the Buccaneers Radio Network can be found here. The game will also be broadcast on SiriusXM Channel 228 (Buccaneers Radio Network broadcast).

Weather: It’s going to be hot but not nearly as hot as what Joe had hoped. Per, the Packers-Bucs game will begin with a kickoff temperature expected at 88 degrees under sunny skies. It won’t cool off much after the game starts as by game’s end it should be 84.

Referees: Scott Novak’s crew will work today’s game and they seem to let players play. Novak and his outfit have the fifth-fewest flags thrown so far this year. If this gang of zebras has any sort of tell, they tend to throw flags more on the home team. Novak’s outfit has the fifth-most flags thrown on home teams. Since two games is a short sample size, let’s look at his past: Novak has a  history of letting players play. The flags his crew seem to enjoy throwing are false starts, offsides, offensive holding and roughing the passer. Home teams are 18-28-1 in Novak’s assignments.

Odds: Per BetMGM, as of Saturday evening, Bucs -1; over/under 42.

Injuries: Bucs — Out: WR Chris Godwin (hamstring), DT Akiem Hicks (foot). Doubtful: TE Cade Otton (personal), LT Donovan Smith (elbow). Questionable: RB Leonard Fournette (hamstring), WR Russell Gage (hamstring), WR Julio Jones (knee), WR Breshad Perriman (knee). Packers — Out: WR Sammy Watkins. Questionable: T David Bakhtiari (knee), WR Randall Cobb (illness), TE Marcedes Lewis (groin), WR Christian Watson (hamstring).

Outlook: The Bucs have all sorts of problems on the front burner, but that doesn’t diminish the importance of today’s game with the Packers. This game could (if the Bucs can ever turn the offense around) determine homefield advantage for the playoffs. Simply put, if the Bucs are able to pull off a win with their depleted wide receiver corps, the Bucs are clearly the elite team in the NFC. Why? If you can knock off the Packers and are not nearly close to being full strength, you are the King of the NFC mountain until someone knocks you off. But let’s not pretend this is a dominant Packers team. Green Bay also has a bunch of issues at wide receiver. So far, they can run the ball. And unlike the past three seasons, the Bucs have not suffocated the run as well. Dallas and New Orleans gashed the Bucs on the ground at times; the rest of the defense is so damn powerful the sort of soft run defense gets lost in the fireworks. Even Bucs coach Todd Bowles and co-defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers said this week the run defense has to show up today at The Licht House with its work belts buckled. If the Bucs can somehow lasso the Packers’ one-two punch of a ground attack in AJ Dillon and Aaron Jones, Joe loves the Bucs’ chances.

Fun facts: Packers drama queen quarterback Aaron Rodgers is 1-3 in his career at The Licht House and 3-5 in games played in the state of Florida. In those eight games, Rodgers has 11 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. … Also, Tom Brady hasn’t thrown an interception in his last five regular season games against the Packers (he did throw three against the Packers in the 2020 NFC Championship Game). The last time Brady threw a pick against the Packers, was nearly 20 years ago, October 2002. Then, he threw three picks in a 28-10 Green Bay win over the Belicheats.

19 Responses to “Gameday Tampa Bay”

  1. DoooshLaRue Says:

    I’d like to Pack her.

  2. DoooshLaRue Says:

    GB isn’t undefeated.

  3. SOGGY Says:

    Bucs you got this…3-0

  4. Crickett Baker Says:

    I love Ronde’s film sessions. He is just SOOO cool! Plus his English is excellent. I look forward to this every week.

  5. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Going to have to be pure defense. The Packers have only one player for sure out. We have a bunch…mostly on offense.

    I suspect Tom will get a pick or so…because these backup WRs will likely bat the ball in the air. Won’t be Tom’s fault though.

    If Leonard plays (I think he might), they have got to spell him more. These young RBs need to step up and spot the holes. Lenny is going to go down soon at this rate.

    Looks like we’ll get a few players back for the next game, which is a primetime game…amd I’ll get to watch because I’m heading into a week off!

    I’ll need it!just pulled a 16 our day and need to finish up before and during the game tomorrow…probably another 16 hour day. So glad I work at home. At least I’ll be able to have the game on ad I work.

  6. Parrishbucsfan Says:


  7. MadMax Says:

    Thank God its a 425pm game ….i get home from work at 350….just in time to walk to my spot and catch it on “the wall” (a samsung 26 foot tv at a bar within a 50 second walk from my door) Yeah I thought it was a projector at first, its a 100 grand tv…..awesome crowd too.

    Lets get this guys….

    D, put Aaron on his a $ $ many times please. We can win this!

  8. Delusional Intelligence Says:

    Home teams are 18-28-1 in Novak’s assignments.

    That is slightly disturbing. Will remember that if the hankies come out en mass.

    I expect the return of Shaq Attack today and a big game from Anthony Nelson. JTS, if he learns to set the edge will also have a good game, I just hope he watched tape with Shaq this week or Rodgers will be scampering for first downs or making 3rd and short opportunities. Nacho reminds us why we never question him being on the roster. Can we see some Sneak Vaughn on offense please or I’m going to wonder if he went the Doug Martin route. Will the real Russell Gage please stand up… please stand up. Luke Goedeke leads the team in pancakes, please pass the syrup. ¡Go Bucs!

  9. Kody Says:

    So if we are without Evans, Godwin, JJ, Gage, Perriman, Cade and Fournette, exactly who is TB going to be throwing to? Miller, Ko and White?

  10. Gbobucsfan Says:

    On a side note….If Ian decides to make y’all a visit, stay safe this week !!!
    Go bucs!!

  11. Gbobucsfan Says:

    Schefter reporting gage, perriman, Lenny all expected to play today. Julio will be game time decision.
    Also, Cobb and bahktiari (spelling) are expected to play as well.

  12. SufferingSince76 Says:

    What’s Cade’s personal issue? He’s been out quite a while, or does it just seem he’s been out a long time?

  13. mark2001 Says:

    Sammy Watkins on IR. So one less experienced packer receiver.

  14. mark2001 Says:

    I’d much rather than had old man Cobb out there then Sammy Watkins.

  15. Bucsfan951 Says:

    @suffering: his mother passed away and that is why he has been out.

  16. Cobraboy Says:

    I thought Bakhtiari was going to start, not “out.”

  17. mark2001 Says:

    Cobb still has good hands. But has lost much of the speed. He is 32, and never was a burner. He relied more on his quickness. That being said, he is Aaron’s security blanket. As long as we don’t leave him open or let Aaron scramble and hurt us, I think we will be OK.

  18. mark2001 Says:

    Shut down the run game and make AR beat us from the pocket with those rookie receivers. I really like our chances.

  19. Georger Says: