One of the highlights of Week 3 of the NFL season has to be the NFC clash in Florida on Sunday, September 25, so make sure you don’t miss out on the best Packers vs. Buccaneers betting pick and odds.
Tampa Bay is trying to stay unbeaten after Week 3 when it welcomes Green Bay at Raymond James Stadium on Sunday. The Buccaneers are slight -1.5 favorites on BetOnline Sportsbook, while the total is set at 41.5 points. These NFC rivals have met once in 2021, and the Bucs won that game 31-26 in Green Bay.
Packers bounced back against the Bears
The Green Bay Packers displayed a disappointing performance in a loss to the Minnesota Vikings, but they responded with a 27-10 home victory over the Chicago Bears. This time round, Green Bay’s offense played much better and collected 414 yards opposite Chicago’s 228, while the Packers had 15 first downs more than the Bears (26-11).
The Packers had a 17-point lead at halftime and managed to maintain it for the remainder of the game. Aaron Rodgers completed 19 of 25 passes for 234 yards and two touchdowns, but running back Aaron Jones stole the show with 170 yards combined (rushing and receiving) and two touchdowns. Jones was the presence on the ground with 132 yards and a score, while Sammy Watkins converted his three receptions into 93 yards. Preston Smith was dominant with two sacks and seven tackles in total.
David Bakhtiari has missed the last two games due to a knee injury, and it is undetermined if he will be active for Sunday’s game against the Buccaneers.
Buccaneers scored 17 in the fourth quarter in the win over the Saints
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers improved to a 2-0 record after defeating the divisional foes New Orleans Saints 20-10 on the road. It was a quite boring and defensively-minded game in the first three quarters, but the visitors broke a 3-3 tie with 17 points in the final 15 minutes to secure a precious victory over fierce rivals. Although the Saints had more total yards and first downs than the Bucs, Tampa forced even five turnovers and committed just one in return.
Tom Brady completed only 18 of 34 passes for 190 yards and a touchdown. Breshad Perriman caught that lone TD pass while Mike Evans led the team with 61 yards on three receptions. Leonard Fournette rushed for 65 yards on 24 carries, and although the offense didn’t play well, the defense compensated with six sacks, three interceptions, and four fumbles forced. Shaquil Barrett had two sacks; Devin White recorded 11 tackles, while Jamel Dean intercepted two passes from Jameis Winston. Still, Mike Edwards was the one to return an interception for a 68-yard touchdown.
Akiem Hicks (foot), Giovani Bernard (ankle), and Chris Godwin (hamstring) are out. Mike Evans is serving a one-game suspension for violating the league’s player-safety policy, and he is eligible to return against the Chiefs in Week 4, while Julio Jones (knee) is questionable.
- 10-4 ATS in the last 14 vs. NFC opponents
- 9-3 ATS in the last 12 games following an ATS win
- 1-8 ATS in the last nine games in Week 3
Green Bay Packers vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Pick
Tom Brady will likely be without his top 3 receiving targets in this one, and even though I am not impressed with Green Bay’s offense, I am backing the visitors to exploit this opportunity and take the win. It’s going to be a high-profile matchup between the two best quarterbacks of today, and it’s going to be exciting seeing them, but given that Brady will be shorthanded, I am going with the Packers. Tampa’s defense is the best in the NFL after two weeks of the new season, but I am backing Aaron Rodgers to unlock it and give his team a win.
Pick: Take the Packers at +1.5 (-110)
Brady will be without James, Godwin, and possibly Julio Jones, so he will have to turn to Fournette, who will have a lot of backfield touches. The Bucs will try to control the clock through the ground offense, and I expect to see some lengthy possessions in this one. Rodgers also doesn’t have elite options on the receiving end, and we could see a lot of running in this duel. Under is 6-2 in the last eight H2H meetings in Tampa Bay, while Under is 8-2 in the Buccaneers’ previous ten vs. NFC rivals.
Pick: Go Under 41.5 points (-110)