Buccaneers Vs. Packers Initial Leans
When the Buccaneers take on the Green Bay Packers, it will be a battle of two public darlings, and rightfully so. After all, Tom Brady is roughly +51 units against the spread while Aaron Rodgers is +31 units. Even though Rodgers has played in 104 fewer games than Brady, you still have to like his chances playing at home in Lambeau Field. The temperature is expected to be below 30 degrees, and Rodgers and company probably wouldn’t have it any other way.
Some pundits miss the big picture if they’re focusing on how Brady will handle the cold weather. He did spend 20 years of his career in New England and was involved in one of the greatest bad weather games in NFL history, now referred to as the Tuck Rule Game.
Instead, it’s Brady’s recent performance last week that could provide the answer as to how the NFC Championship game will play out on Sunday. While the Buccaneers won the game by double digits, it had more to do with the poor play of Saints quarterback Drew Brees than anything Tom Brady did on the football field.
Brees went 19-34 for 134 yards and threw three interceptions on the night.
Two of those interceptions came at critical moments in the game and allowed the Buccaneers to have outstanding field position that led to a touchdown on both instances. That’s not to take anything away from Brady, who went 18-33 with 199 yards and two interceptions.
The reality is that Tampa Bay converted three Saints’ turnovers into touchdowns and never had to travel more than 40 yards on those drives.
Their divisional win over the Saints was more about Drew Brees’s inefficiencies than how well Tampa Bay played on Sunday.