Packers vs. Buccaneers 2014 picks and predictions: Green Bay unanimous favorites
Just because the Packers lost to Buffalo doesn’t mean anyone expects them to drop a game to Tampa Bay.
The battle of the bays doesn’t look like it’ll be much of a battle. The Green Bay Packers, fighting for the NFC North and a playoff berth, shouldn’t face much of a test from the two-win Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the experts are unanimously picking against the upset.
True, Green Bay did drop a surprising game to the Buffalo Bills last week. But the Bills, who are still in the AFC wild card race, are a much better team than the Bucs. The only thing keeping Tampa Bay from a 10-game losing streak is a Week 11 win over equally awful Washington. The Bucs have allowed 26 passing touchdowns and are giving up 7.6 yards per pass attempt, a dangerous setup against an Aaron Rodgers-led team ready to vent some frustration after last week’s troubles.
Tampa’s defense has actually kept it in games recently — they’ve held three of their last four opponents to 21 points or less — but the Packers are a different kind of beast. Even after a rough outing against the Bills, Rodgers owns the top passer rating in the league and a preposterous TD-INT number of 35-5.
On the other side of the ball, Green Bay’s Jekyll and Hyde defense was impressive again last week, holding the Bills to just 13 first downs and 253 total yards. The Bucs rank second-to-last in offense this season and are scoring just 18.1 points per game.