Preview: Green Bay at Tampa Bay

When: 1:00 PM ET, Sunday, December 21, 2014
Where: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida


The Green Bay Packers have not been at their best away from home this season, but they can wrap up their 2014 road slate with a .500 record Sunday when they visit the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Packers' seven road games have featured only one victory by more than three points - a 38-17 win at Chicago on Sept. 28. They have not won in Tampa Bay since 2003, but they certainly expect to play better than they did in last week's 21-13 loss at Buffalo.

"We definitely want to be home (in the postseason), especially the way Aaron's playing here right now," Packers tight end Andrew Quarless told reporters this week of Aaron Rodgers, who has 12 touchdowns and five interceptions on the road, compared to 23 TDs and no interceptions at home. Green Bay can clinch a playoff berth this weekend, although it will need help from Philadelphia and/or Dallas, but the Packers remain focused on themselves as they attempt to avoid bringing a two-game skid into the regular-season finale versus Detroit. Tampa Bay, meanwhile, has lost four straight games and currently is in line to pick first in the 2015 draft.

TV: 1 p.m., FOX. LINE: Packers -10.5. O/U: 48.5

ABOUT THE PACKERS (10-4): Green Bay has followed each of its first three losses with victories by the combined margin of 124-55, but to continue that trend they will need better play out of Rodgers, who was 17-of-42 for 185 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions last week. Rodgers, who is among the MVP front-runners, has thrown 13 touchdowns and no interceptions in the three games following a loss this season. Eddie Lacy enters this matchup with at least 100 scrimmage yards in seven straight games - the first time a Packer has ever done that - and has eight total TDs in his last six games.

ABOUT THE BUCCANEERS (2-12): Tampa Bay has already lost at least 12 games for the third time in five seasons and is the only NFL team that has not won a home game in 2014. The Bucs average 18.1 points and have scored more than 17 points only three times following last week's 19-17 loss to Carolina in which Josh McCown was limited to 13-of-28 for 154 yards. Doug Martin has had a very disappointing third season, but enjoyed his finest game of 2014 against the Panthers, running for a season-high 96 yards on 14 carries, although 63 of those yards came on one run.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Lacy needs 60 rushing yards to reach 1,000 yards for the second straight season.

2. With a win over Tampa Bay, Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy will take aim at his 100th victory against Detroit next Sunday.

3. Bucs DE Jacquies Smith has 5.5 sacks in his last five games.

PREDICTION: Packers 33, Buccaneers 16

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf OT Div Conf
Green Bay 10-4 L1 31.1 23.2 7-0 3-4 9-0 1-4 0-0 4-1 7-3
Tampa Bay 2-12 L4 18.1 26.2 0-6 2-6 2-9 0-3 0-2 0-5 1-9

Last Meeting

Green Bay Tampa Bay
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
11/20/11 TB 26 GB 35 378 91 287 455 121 334

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
GB A. Rodgers 67.6 299 3 1
TB J. Freeman 73.7 342 2 2
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
GB J. Starks 11 38 3.5 0
TB L. Blount 18 107 5.9 1
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
GB J. Nelson 6 123 20.5 2
TB K. Winslow 9 132 14.7 0
TDs Player TD
GB J. Nelson 2
TB L. Blount 1
Season
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
GB A. Rodgers 64.0 3837 35 5
TB J. McCown 56.8 1944 10 12
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
GB E. Lacy 203 940 4.6 8
TB B. Rainey 94 406 4.3 1
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
GB J. Nelson 83 1320 15.9 12
TB M. Evans 59 948 16.1 11
TDs Player TD
GB E. Lacy 12
TB M. Evans 11

Quickchart Matchup

Green Bay Off vs  Tampa Bay Def
383.6 yards
366.7 yards
4.5 yards/rush
3.9 yards/rush
7.9 yards/attempt
7.2 yards/attempt
Tampa Bay Off vs  Green Bay Def
305.9 yards
365.6 yards
3.9 yards/rush
4.3 yards/rush
6.4 yards/attempt
6.7 yards/attempt

Live Game Odds

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Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Green Bay Overall Tampa Bay
10-4 W/L 2-12
7-6-1 ATS 6-8-0
10-4-0 O/U 5-9-0
31.1 Pts For 18.1
23.2 Pts Against 26.2
Green Bay A/H Tampa Bay
3-4 W/L 0-6
2-5-0 ATS 1-5-0
4-3-0 O/U 1-5-0
21.1 Pts For 15.2
26.0 Pts Against 24.5