NFL Conference Championship Betting: Buccaneers vs. Packers Spread, Trends, Picks and Predictions
Betting sites for NFL favor the home team by four points when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Green Bay Packers play in the NFC championship game from Lambeau Field in NFL action on Sunday afternoon.
Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers clash in the playoffs for the first time with a Super Bowl spot up for grabs. Green Bay (14-3 SU, 11-6 ATS) has won 15 of the last 16 encounters at Lambeau Field. The Bucs (13-5, 10-8) trounced the Packers 38-10 earlier this season in Tampa.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Green Bay Packers NFL Odds by MyBookie.ag
|Buccaneers||+3 (+107)||51 (-115)||+151|
|Packers||-3 (-127)||51 (-105)||-175|
Betting Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Bucs are road dogs according to the best online sportsbooks. The Bucs have played well away from home all season. They won their last seven games on the road by an average of 16 points. However, Lambeau Field has been a nightmare over the years for the Bucs.
They used to play there every season as members of the NFC Central. Tampa Bay has lost 15 of their last 16 trips to Green Bay. The lone win during that period came in 2005 in Week 3, prior to the temperatures dipping in Wisconsin.
Brady is used to cold-weather playoff games. Twelve of his 13 career AFC championship games have taken place in frigid conditions. Foxborough, Pittsburgh, Kansas City and Denver, you name it. Brady has passed for at least 348 yards in four of his past five games.
He was limited to 199 passing yards in last week’s 30-20 win in New Orleans. Tampa Bay’s defense set Brady up with short fields in the win over New Orleans. They recorded three turnovers in Saints territory.
The Bucs kept Michael Thomas without a catch. That bodes well as they get ready to face the league’s touchdown receptions leader Davante Adams. Adams was held to 60 yards on six recs and no scores in Tampa Bay’s win over the Packers earlier this season. He was the target on two Rodgers picks that tipped the scales in the Buccaneers’ favor.
Betting Green Bay Packers
The Packs are home faves per betting sites for NFL. Not even the best defense in the NFL could contain Green Bay’s top-rated offense in GB’s 32-18 win over the Rams. Green Bay’s 484 yards were almost 100 more than LA had surrendered in a game all year.
The Packers had two plays of longer than 50 yards. Green Bay became only the third team in the last 20 postseasons to score on their first five possessions. Rodgers keeps playing at an MVP level. But the Packers aren’t fully dependent on their star QB.
Green Bay rushed for 188 yards against LA. That is the third time in four games that the Packs have gained so many yards on the ground. That relief from the rushing game has let Rodgers pick his spots as opposed to forcing him to throw into coverage.
Rodgers has tossed 21 touchdown passes and just one pick in his past seven games. This despite failing to break the 300-yard mark in any of those games. If the Packers can reduce TOs once again this week, they have a good chance.
The Bucs defense made the most of interceptions in their win over the Saints. Betting sites for NFL say that Green Bay is 11-0 SU this season when it doesn’t give the ball away. But 3-3 when it has at least one TO.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Green Bay Packers NFL
Rodgers’s knack for going downfield and keep the defense rested will be the difference on this one. Take the points with Green Bay.