Packers vs Buccaneers Odds - Packers' pass game will flourish against poor rush
Packers vs Buccaneers betting: Packers -10 (Total 43.5)
Packers vs Buccaneers betting odds maker breakdown: The Storyline
The Packers are licking their wounds after losing 38-26 to the Vikings last week. Brett Favre played very well on his old home turf and left many a disgruntled Green Bay fan. The loss dropped the Packers to 4-3 and clouded the Wild Card picture. A win is crucial. Tampa Bay took a week off after being lambasted by the Patriots in London. The Buccaneers have yet to win in seven tries and their point differential is fourth worst in the NFL - the Buccs would love to keep a game close, let alone win it.
Packers vs Buccaneers odds maker breakdown: Offense
Aaron Rodgers is flourishing despite a complete lack of protection from his offensive line. Rodgers was sacked six times by Minnesota yet still managed to throw three touchdowns and zero picks. He was seen limping this week, though, and the hits might be taking their toll. The young quarterback could also use a hand from the running game; last Sunday Rodgers outgained running back Ryan Grant 52 to 30. Tampa Bay's offense is in shambles. The running game wavers between Derrick Ward and Carnell Williams - not exactly two appealing choices. They combined for 77 yards on 24 carries against the Patriots. The passing game won't enjoy much success with all the youngsters taking over. Josh Johnson threw three interceptions against New England before rookie Josh Freeman relieved him. You're safe betting there won't be much improvement against the Packers. Betting Edge: Packers
Packers vs Buccaneers betting odds maker breakdown: Defense
Tampa Bay's defense isn't much better. The Patriots racked up 35 points and over 400 yards in the 35-7 loss. Tampa's pass rush is awful with just 11 sacks on the year, so Green Bay's offensive line should get a break this week. The run defense might actually be worse - it's giving up 162 yards per game on the ground, third worst in the NFL. The young Packers "D" is suffering from growing pains. Although the Vikings rolled up 38 points it can't be entirely hung on the Packers; the offense performed so poorly in the first half the defense was worn out by halftime, allowing Minnesota to keep slogging away. Regardless, there are numerous playmakers on this team and they've taken advantage of lesser teams like Cleveland and Detroit - a category Tampa Bay belongs to. Betting Edge: Green Bay
Packers vs Buccaneers betting odds maker breakdown: Notable Injuries
Green Bay's offensive line has suffered through some injuries, which isn't helping given it wasn't very good to begin with. Playmaking tight end Jermichael Finley, who missed last week's game, is doubtful this week with a knee injury. The Buccaneers have been badly bitten by the injury bug too, with several players being placed on injured reserve throughout the season, most notably safety Jermaine Phillips. Betting Edge: Even
Packers vs Buccaneers betting odds for total: 43.5
Tampa Bay fields one of the worst offenses in the NFL. Green Bay can score a bunch in a hurry but it is unlikely the points pile too high in this one - it should be along the lines of Green Bay's 26-0 win over Detroit and 31-3 win over Cleveland. Take the under. Pick: UNDER 43.5
Packers vs Buccaneers betting breakdown: Outlook and Pick
These former division rivals have had some battles over the years, but it won't be the case this time around. The Packers, despite their highs and lows this season, are a much better team than Tampa Bay. Bet on the Packers. DJ's PICK: Packers -10
Get the lowdown on all the Week 9 NFL matchups with the Betting Edge, including Packers vs Buccaneers betting. D.J. Tomkins is one of betonline.com's NFL experts.