MATCHUP: Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-0) at Green Bay Packers (0-2)
WHERE: Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin
WHEN: Sunday, September 15, 2005 at 1:00 p.m. ET
SPREAD: Bucs by 3.5
TV ANNOUNCERS: Joe Buck and Troy Aikman
RADIO: US 103.5, flagship station (103.5 FM, 620 AM)
RADIO ANNOUNCERS: Gene Deckerhoff and Scott Brantley
LAST WEEK: The Green Bay Packers lost to the visiting Cleveland Browns last Sunday, 26-24. Packers QB Brett Favre completed 32-of-44 passes for 342 yards and tossed three touchdowns and two interceptions. Wide receiver Donald Driver caught six passes for 105 yards and scored a touchdown, but TE Bubba Franks was injured and may not play vs. the Bucs. Browns QB Trent Dilfer completed 21-of-32 passes for 336 yards and threw three touchdowns while WR Braylon Edwards caught three passes for 107 yards and one touchdown. Browns TE Steve Heiden hauled in six passes for 104 yards and scored two touchdowns. Green Bay failed to sack Dilfer on Sunday.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the visiting Buffalo Bills last Sunday, 19-3. Bucs rookie RB Cadillac Williams rushed 24 times for 128 yards (5.3 avg.) and one touchdown. Quarterback Brian Griese was 16-of-22 for 136 yards. Wide receiver Michael Clayton caught six passes for 84 yards. The Bucs held the Bills to just 147 yards of total offense.
THE LAST TIME THESE TEAMS MET: Tampa Bay and Green Bay last clashed during the 2003 regular season. The Buccaneers were downed in that contest by the visiting Packers, 20-13.
BUCS-PACKERS SERIES: Tampa Bay is 18-29 all-time in the regular season vs. Green Bay. The Bucs haven’t won (0-13) in Wisconsin since 1989.
INJURY REPORT: Bucs offensive lineman Matt Stinchcomb (lower back) is doubtful. Running back Cadillac Williams (foot) and tight end/long snapper Dave Moore (arm) are probable.
Packers cornerback Joey Thomas (head) and defensive tackle/defensive end Cullen Jenkins (knee) are probable. Tight end Bubba Franks (knee) is questionable. Wide receiver Javon Walker (knee) is out of Sunday’s contest vs. Tampa Bay.
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