Packers Vs Bucs Week 16 NFL Point Spread PredictionsNoah Williams
It’s an NFC Central Bay vs Bay matchup this week as the Packers face off against the Buccaneers. Green Bay will be fighting for playoff spot after an unexpected loss to the Bills last week dropped them from the 2nd the the 6th seed in the NFC. While the Bucs will be looking to play the role of spoiler or will they phone it in, hoping to suck for the coveted number one draft pick in 2015.
With the Titans losing to the Jags last night on TNF, the Bucs will have to play like they have played all season to keep pace for pick #1.
Loser of #TENvsJAX really wins. Here's projected draft order as of now: 1 TB 2-12 2 TEN 2-12 3 JAX 2-12 4 OAK 2-12 5 WAS 3-11 6 NYJ 3-11
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) December 19, 2014
Green Bay is a double digit road favorite at -10.5 over Tampa Bay in their week 16 matchup. The game total is 42.5.
Matchup: Green Bay Packers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Date: Dec. 21, 2014
Start Time: 1:00 p.m. ET
Location: Tampa, Florida
Stadium: Raymond James Stadium
TV Info: FOX
Radio: Green Bay Vs Buccaneers
Point Spread: Packers -10.5
Game Total: 42.5
Analyzing My Week 16 NFL Point Spread Predictions – Green Bay Packers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Green Bay’s lost 21-13 against the Buffalo Bills last week, snapping a five game winning streak. QB Aaron Rodgers had a rough day, completing only 17of his 42 passes for 185 yards, 0 TDs & 2 INTs.
"Sunday was a rough one. I didn’t play well. That’s not news to anybody," Rodgers said. "Now, it’s frustrating because obviously I hold myself to a higher standard. I know I can play better. I should’ve played better. They made plays. We missed some throws. We missed some catches. And we missed some opportunities. A lot of things didn’t go right for us, and then we blame it on ourselves. They did some good things on defense, but we had some opportunities and didn’t make the most of it. The line blocked great. Eddie ran the ball really well. James did some nice things for us.
The Packers have the second best scoring offense in the NFL averaging 31.1 points per game; 8th rank in passing yards and 11th in rushing. QB Aaron Rodgers has thrown 3837 yards, 35 TDs & 5 INTs this season, with the highest passer rating in the league, 111.2. He also has five touchdowns and two picks in his last three games.
— Green Bay Packers (@packers) December 18, 2014
The dynamic WR duo of Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb have combined for almost 2,400 receiving yards and 22 touchdowns. The Packers ground game is averaging 4.5 yards per carry, as Eddie Lacy leads the way with 940 rushing yards and eight touchdowns.
Defensively, the Green Bay Packers are allowing 23.2 points, 365.7 yards, and they’ve forced 32 sacks and 25 turnovers. Morgan Burnett leads Green Bay with 112 tackles and Clay Matthews has 7.5 sacks.
At 2-12, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have not only been eliminated from the playoffs race but now are in line for the first overall pick in the upcoming 2015 NFL draft. Tampa has lost four games in a row, including a 19-17 defeat against the Cam Newton-less Carolina Panthers last week.
The Bucs have the 21st ranked passing team in the NFL. Their great receiving duo of Vincent Jackson and rookie Mike Evans have combined for more than 1,800 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns but with protection issues neither starting Bucs QB has been able to get the ball down field consistently.
— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@TBBuccaneers) December 18, 2014
The Buccaneers ground game is also in shambles, averaging 3.9 yards per carry. Bobby Rainey leads the way with 406 rushing yards and a score.
Defensively, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are allowing 26.2 yards, 366.6 yards, and they’ve forced 33 sacks and 21 turnovers. Lavonte David leads Tampa Bay with 133 tackles and Johnthan Banks has four interceptions.
Head coaches Lovie Smith and Mike McCarthy have never faced each other in a Bucs vs. Packers matchup. However when Smith was coaching the Bears, he only won 4 out of 14 matchups against McCarthy.
The Packers are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games following a SU loss, 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 games following an ATS loss, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games as a road favorite, but 1-8 ATS vs. a team with a losing record, and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games.
The Buccaneers are 15-35-1 ATS in their last 51 home games, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following an ATS win, 8-21-1 ATS in their last 30 games in December, and 3-11 ATS in their last 14 vs. NFC.