The latest lines in Las Vegas have the Packers as 3.5 favorites over Tampa Bay in this Sunday’s NFC Championship title game. When scanning the web and watching the national sports shows, the pundits are pretty close to the betting lines.

For the fun of it we went through a number of predictions and collected them here to give readers a sampling of what others around the country are predicting to happen on Sunday between the Buccaneers and Packers as they battle to see who will represent the NFC in the Super Bowl.

Pete Prisco – – Green Bay 27, Tampa Bay 20

“Green Bay made the top-ranked Rams defense look ordinary last week. I think they will continue that here as well. Rodgers is playing the best football of his career. The Bucs were improved on offense last week because they ran the ball. That will have to play out in this one as well. They have to control the football. Brady will challenge down the field, but without the run game it might be a lot tougher against that Green Bay pass rush. In the end, I think Rodgers is playing too well. It will be close for a bit, but Green Bay will win by a touchdown to get to the Super Bowl.”

Barry Winner – AP – Green Bay 30, Tampa Bay 27

“The Packers are steady enough on defense, though they can be vulnerable against the run. They play such precise football, yet with imagination, a difficult blend. It’s going to be cold but probably not frigid at Lambeau Field, not that Brady and Rob Gronkowski will be uncomfortable. And the Bucs have won a franchise-record seven consecutive road games, including playoff wins at Washington and New Orleans. Will they head back to Tampa to appear in a Super Bowl at their home stadium, an NFL first?”

“The Packers fought hard to secure home field advantage throughout the N.F.C. playoffs, and this game should reward them for that effort, ending the Buccaneers’ attempt to be the first team to appear in a Super Bowl in its home stadium.”

Vinnie Iyer – – Buccaneers 30, Packers 27

“This game will be an instant classic with Brady and Rodgers having an epic duel. This game will come down to whichever team has the ball last. With 10 meetings, Green Bay and Tampa Bay would each win five. When Brady is involved in games like these and playing this well, it’s hard to go against the six-ringed GOAT, even with a three-time MVP to be on the other side. The coin flip lands on Tampa over Green Bay this time.”

Mike Florio – – Buccaneers 27, Packers 24

“Something happened to Tampa Bay’s defense in the second half of Sunday’s win over the Saints. If that someone can continue in Green Bay, the Bucs will be headed to the Super Bowl. The challenge for the team that falls behind early in this one will be to not let pessimism creep in, especially when it will be tempting to wish for a quit exit from the cold temperatures. That’s why it will be more critical then ever for the Buccaneers to avoid stumbling out of the gates — which they did all too often during the season, including against the Packers. Then, a 10-0 hole became a 38-10 win. Now, it won’t be quite so easy.”

Michael David Smith – – Packers 30, Buccaneers 24

“When these teams met in the regular season, it was a one-sided beatdown, with the Bucs winning 38-10. I don’t think that game has much bearing on this one, though. Aaron Rodgers isn’t going to get shut down by the Tampa Bay defense the way he did that way, nor is the Packers’ defense going to have as bad a game as it did. I see this as a close and competitive game that could go either way, but in the end I like Rodgers to make one more play than Tom Brady in the fourth quarter.”

Jenna Laine – – Buccaneers 26, Packers 24

 Rob Demovsky – -Packers 31, Buccaneers 17

Scott Reynolds – – Buccaneers 30, Packers 27

Mark Cook – – Buccaneers 33, Packers 30

Jon Ledyard – – Packers 31, Buccaneers 27

Matt Matera – – Buccaneers 34, Packers 33

Taylor Jenkins – – Buccaneers 34, Packers 31




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About the Author: Mark Cook

Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, the beach and family time.Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at
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4 months ago

Wow, and our own favorite reports can’t even unanimously believe in our boys! I’m glad the Packers are going in thinking they are unbeatable and we are still proving ourselves because that was exactly the story in week 6. I will hopefully stave off a heart attack at 39 today and our boys will bring it home! Go Bucs!

Reply to  Spitfire
4 months ago

I’m right there with u Spit! Even bought my first new Buc’s jersey in years! A white number 12 Brady Jersey. 3x baby! Gotta give the guns some room…ha ha ha. All day, sideline to sideline baby. We got this!

4 months ago

Everyone thinks this game will be close. I do not… after all, I am a Lifetime Buc’s fan. Bucs get after the Pack today. Pressure leads to turnovers. Bucs by 13! Just win baby!

Reply to  bucballer
4 months ago

I agree. The Bucs are simply a better team than GB. Bucs by 10+.

4 months ago

Kiss of death: Mike Florio

I see it exactly the way Prisco sees it.

Reply to  BigSombrero
4 months ago

BigSom, time for you to be a Eagles fan, you would fit right in. Ha.

Reply to  danielob
4 months ago

Nah. I’ll still be rootin for good ole Tampa Bay, including today. I just don’t see it in the cards.

Here’s to hoping the defense can slow the Pack down just enough and hoping that Brady gets as lucky as last week with 3 near interceptions that were dropped or caught out of bounds.

4 months ago

I’m so juiced u all! I can’t remember a game in which I’ve been so excited. I guess I realize, after many a losing seasons, just how special it is to be playing a game where if u win u go to the SuperBowl! Many players play their entire career and never sniff an NFC Championship Game! The Bucs have been practicing all week looking at the stadium with all the SuperBowl signs going up! Can they be the first home team EVER to host a SuperBowl? U damn right they can. They r a team of destiny. They r… Read more »