Packerspredictions
Packerspredictions

The Green Bay Packers did what they needed to when they pummeled the Chicago Bears after a lopsided season-opening loss to the Minnesota Vikings. Aaron Rodgers and the offense looked much more in control although far from a finished product while the defense took on a bend-don't-break mentality.

Now comes a much bigger test against Tom Brady and the Buccaneers.

Tampa Bay is 2-0 with two road wins in Dallas and New Orleans. Todd Bowles' defense has been as good as advertised, giving up just 13 points in two games combined. It'll be a big test for Rodgers and the offense.

Both teams have massive question marks at wide receiver entering this one with the injury report for both sides littered with pass catchers.

The headline is Rodgers-Brady but this might just be a slugfest where the defenses shine the brightest.

Here's this week's predictions from around the web:

Rob Maaddi of the Associated Press: Packers 23, Buccaneers 20 (labeled his “upset special”). “This could be a preview of the NFC championship. Brady and the Buccaneers destroyed the Packers 38-10 in the 2020 regular season and upset them on the road in the conference title game that season on their way to winning the Super Bowl. Tampa is too banged-up to do it again.”

Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times: Buccaneers 24, Packers 20. “Tampa has a stifling defense and generally does a good job of getting to Aaron Rodgers. Losing Mike Evans to suspension hurts, but Tom Brady still has targets and teams can run on Green Bay.”

NFL.com’s Gregg Rosenthal: Buccaneers 24, Packers 21. “This was my toughest pick against the spread. Ten points is a lot for a Packers team that was so messy on both sides of the ball in Week 1. But the Packers could get both starting tackles and top receiver Allen Lazard back this week against a Bears side that played hard monsoonball last week but is otherwise a mystery. If Elgton Jenkins and David Bakhtiari play, I could see the Packers winning 23-10.”

The Miami Herald’s Greg Cote: Buccaneers 19, Packers 17. “Tampa’s D (10 sacks) will make it difficult for Rodgers. And Brady might be passing to himself, with Mike Evans suspended for thuggery and Chris Godwin likely out and Julio Jones very iffy with injuries. Tee Bees have beaten Gee Bees eight of past 10 in Tampa and should do it again, with defense leading. [Warning! Disclaimer! Buyer beware!: Had Pack winning and changed my mind, a rarity. Superstitious about that. Uh-oh].”

Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com: Packers 21, Buccaneers 20. “This is the likely the last Aaron Rodgers-Tom Brady game unless they meet in the playoffs. Those games are always a treat. The Tampa Bay offense isn't playing well with a lot of injuries, and this will be a tough game to try to get it going. The Tampa Bay defense has been really good. This should be a low-scoring game with the Packers pulling off an upset late.”

Will Brinson of CBSSports.com: Packers 17, Buccaneers 14. “Aaron Rodgers course corrected nicely in Week 2, very similarly to last season, something he noted after the game. Tom Brady is going to be missing virtually his entire receiving corps. This total -- 42 -- is outrageously low for a Rodgers/Brady matchup, but the under is probably a pretty decent look. I lean to the Packers as well, particularly with Akiem Hicks out of the lineup, as they'll be able to run more effectively than most opponents against the Bucs.”

John Breech of CBSSports.com: Buccaneers 20, Packers 17. “Between now and Sunday, all you're going to hear about is how this game is giving us Aaron Rodgers vs. Tom Brady, but the bigger matchup is Aaron Rodgers vs. high humidity and I'm taking high humidity. Rodgers is 1-3 all-time against Brady and I think he might have an even worse record against high humidity.”

Tyler Sullivan of CBSSports.com: Buccaneers 24, Packers 21.

Jordan Dajani of CBSSports.com: Packers 21, Buccaneers 20.

Bill Bender of the Sporting News: Buccaneers 27, Packers 21. “Aaron Rodgers referenced the Packers' last trip to Tampa Bay on Sunday Night Football, and with good reason. It wasn't pretty in a 38-10 loss at Raymond James Stadium. This might be the last time we see Rogers vs. Tom Brady (you never know), but this one will come down to which team has the better running game. Brady's passing stats are not gaudy by any means, but he's taken just three sacks in two games. Rodgers, meanwhile, has taken seven sacks. The protection has to be there for the Packers to have a chance.”

Vinnie Iyer of the Sporting News: Buccaneers 24, Packers 20. “The Packers got back to the basics of their defense and running game at home in Lambeau Field to put Aaron Rodgers back in the comfort zone. The Bucs won't allow them to breath easy with their own QB-supporting combination for Tom Brady. Both offenses are managing line and receiver issues and Tampa Bay is a little stingier overall defensively. But with the MVP vs. the GOAT one last time. expect a well-played and balanced classic."

Carmen Vitali of FOXSports.com: Buccaneers 19, Packers 17. “If I've learned anything about this league, it's to never bet against Tom Brady. In this case, the Bucs' defense deserves inclusion. Brady is playing with a depleted offensive line and receiving corps, but this defense has been dominant through the first two games. With Bowles as head coach, the Bucs are looking to get back to their hallmark run-stopping prowess. I think they do that against the Packers, who try to force the run knowing their receivers aren't there yet.”

Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Packers 30, Buccaneers 27.

Don Brennan of the Toronto Sun: Packers 26, Buccaneers 23.

Jim Derry of Nola.com: Packers 24, Buccaneers 20.

Pro Football Talk’s Michael David Smith and Mike Florio: MDS – Buccaneers 17, Packers 16; Florio – Buccaneers 23, Packers 20.

Philly Voice’s Jimmy Kempski: Packers.

Ken Schott of The Daily Gazette: Buccaneers 28, Packers 27.

David Fucillo of Draft Kings: Buccaneers (low confidence).

Bleacher Report staff has an average score prediction of Packers 21, Buccaneers 20.

ESPN’s Eric Moody and Seth Walder: Moody – Buccaneers 27, Packers 21; Walder – Packers 27, Buccaneers 24.

Four of five analysts at SI.com are picking the Packers.

All four writers at Athlon Sports think the Buccaneers will win.

Only one of three over at For the Win are going with the Packers.

Just three of seven writers at USA Today predict a Packers victory.

Six of eight analysts at CBSSports.com take the Packers to win.

Just four of 13 SB Nation writers pick the Packers.

Four of nine analysts at ESPN pick the Packers (no pick from Damien Woody as of this writing).