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Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Green Bay Packers

TEAMS: Inexperienced Bay Packers (5-6) vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Four-7).
WHEN: Midday Sunday.
WHERE: Lambeau Discipline.
TV: Fox.
RADIO: AM-620 in Milwaukee, AM-1360 in Inexperienced Bay; .
SERIES: Packers lead, 31-21-1.
LINE: Packers by 2 half of.
WEATHER: Partly cloudy, excessive of 48.
SURFACE: DD GrassMaster.
COACHESInexperienced Bay’s Mike McCarthy (129-75-1) vs. Buccaneers' Dirk Koetter (13-14-Zero).

CHASING HUNDLEY: After they see a chance, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will not be afraid to blitz. Final week in opposition to Atlanta, they blitzed on a few third of the passing downs and created extra issues for Matt Ryan than after they backed off. That success might result in an abundance of blitzes in opposition to Brett Hundley, who has seen 5 or extra rushers in solely about 30 % of his snaps since changing into a starter. “They’ll empty it out,” offensive coordinator Edgar Bennett stated. “They’ll convey empty strain and attempt to put stress on the quarterback and your safety unit. Is it five-man strain? Is it six-man strain? So, we’ve acquired to be prepared for all the things.” The Buccaneers rank 32nd in passing protection and sacks, so there shall be performs to be made in the event that they do blitz.
 
GOING INCOGNITO: Final week in opposition to Pittsburgh, the Packers have been fairly static in how they performed quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. They sat again in zone and solely rushed 5 or extra on a few half dozen snaps. Quarterback Jameis Winston shall be taking part in his first recreation in 4 weeks and the Packers might be able to make his return tough if they will combine issues up. The issue is they need to be certain they don’t blow coverages in opposition to receivers Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson. “We’re going to should fluctuate our coverages, we’re going to should do a great job disguising our coverages, make Winston should learn issues on the transfer,” defensive coordinator Dom Capers stated. “And we’re going to have to combine protection and strain. You simply can’t let him get into a great rhythm.”
 
 
RETURN ENGAGEMENT: The Buccaneers shall be with out two starters on the offensive line: middle Ali Marpet and proper sort out Demar Dotson, each of whom have been placed on injured reserve this week. It’s an enormous blow to a unit that has been strong all season. The Buccaneers are prone to transfer left guard Kevin Pamphile to proper sort out and insert Evan Smith, the previous Packers beginning middle, at left guard. Veteran Joe Hawley would play middle. Packers defensive sort out Mike Daniels is aware of Smith properly and might anticipate a scrap Sunday. “Evan has been a strong and versatile participant,” Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter stated. “He has finished a great job in his position. Right now of 12 months for a number of gamers, their roles are altering. He's a kind of guys and I believe Evan will do wonderful. He shall be as much as the problem.”
LOOSENING HIS GRIP: After the Baltimore recreation, the coaches’ focus with Hundley was to enhance his decision-making and reduce down on interceptions. After curing himself of the INT bug, the following order of enterprise is reducing down on sacks. He has taken 10 within the final two video games. “There’s a wonderful level of holding onto the ball slightly too lengthy,” quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt stated. “So, we’re working by means of that. I believe a few these sacks have been on us as quarterbacks, so we take accountability for these. We’ll attempt to keep away from these shifting ahead.”
ALONE TIME: Even when rookie Aaron Jones is lively, the majority of the working again workload goes to fall onto rookie Jamaal Williams for a second straight week. Towards the Steelers, he performed all however 10 of the 55 offensive snaps and touched the ball 25 instances – 21 carries for 66 yards and a landing, 4 catches for 69 yards and a landing. It has been solely three weeks since Jones tore his MCL, so if he’s lively it'd simply be for emergency functions. Rookie Devante Mays stays within the doghouse for his two fumbles in opposition to Baltimore. Williams is a bonafide workhorse. “Yeah, I believe he’s undoubtedly put himself in place the place he deserves that,” working backs coach Ben Sirmans stated. “He’s extra of a move-the-chains-type working again, and as the extra you progress the chains, the nearer you get to the top zone.”

OUR PREDICTIONS

TOM SILVERSTEIN
The Packers know they should win these subsequent two video games and so they’ll be going through an injury-riddled staff whose beginning quarterback is again after a three-game absence. Every part is about up for them to win. However they’ve proven earlier than that nothing is a certainty with Aaron Rodgers out. Packers 30, Buccaneers 16
PETE DOUGHERTY
Tampa Bay has weapons within the passing recreation (Mike Evans, DeSean Jackson and O.J. Howard), and quarterback Jameis Winston has a ton of expertise however is coming off a shoulder damage and is 2-6 as a starter this 12 months. So the guess right here is that Brett Hundley can put up sufficient factors to beat a protection that ranks No. 30 in yards, No. 20 in factors and No. 27 in defensive passer ranking. Packers 24, Bucs 21
MICHAEL COHEN
Replicating the success Brett Hundley had in opposition to the Steelers shall be tough, however even a portion of that manufacturing needs to be sufficient to beat one of many worst defenses within the league. Packers 23, Buccaneers 16 
RYAN WOOD
The final time Brett Hundley had one thing to be ok with got here after he made game-winning performs within the fourth quarter at Chicago. The following week, the Packers have been shut out in opposition to the Ravens' top-five protection. Trying to construct off arguably his greatest recreation in opposition to the Steelers, anticipate Hundley to take one other step in opposition to a foul Buccaneers protectionPackers 24, Buccaneers 17
AARON NAGLER
The Packers discovered a recipe for fulfillment final week in opposition to the Steelers, however fell one play brief. This week, they're those that make the deciding play. Packers 24, Buccaneers 20

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