Buccaneers game day is approaching, and it’s time for the PewterReport.com staff to offer up its weekly game predictions. Let us know what you think in the article comments section and add your prediction, too.

WHEN: January 24, 2021
KICKOFF: 3:05 p.m. ET
WHERE: Lambeau Field
TV: FOX (Channel 13 locally)
PLAY-BY-PLAY: Joe Buck
ANALYST:
Troy Aikman
SIDELINE: Erin Andrews and Tom Rinaldi
RADIO: 98 ROCK 97.9 FM
PLAY-BY-PLAY: Gene Deckerhoff
ANALYST: Dave Moore
SIDLINE: T.J. Rives
SPANISH RADIO: 96.1 FM
PLAY-BY-PLAY: Carlos Bohorquez
ANALYST: Martin Gramatica

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Scott Reynolds: Bucs Win, Return Home For Super Bowl LV

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will beat the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game and then host either the Bills or the Chiefs in Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium. Why will the Bucs win? Three reasons.

Bucs QB Tom Brady

Bucs QB Tom Brady – Photo by: USA Today

The first reason why the Bucs will prevail is quarterback Tom Brady. He’s been there and done that in conference championships about one hundred times now. Brady knows how to win and the Bucs believe in Brady. The second reason is the sure foot of Ryan Succop. He’s had the best season for any kicker in Tampa Bay history. I have the Bucs winning by three points, courtesy of a Succop field goal. The third reason is because the defense is playing really well right now and has the confidence from last Sunday’s win, in which Todd Bowles’ unit produced four takeaways, coupled with the fact that Tampa Bay’s defense played well against Green Bay in Week 6, sacking Aaron Rodgers five times and intercepting him twice.

There shouldn’t be any fear from the Buccaneers as they head to Lambeau Field for Sunday’s big game in cold and snowy weather. Fore more of my Bucs vs. Packers preview and my 4 Match-ups To Watch for Sunday’s NFC championship game, check out my latest SR’s Fab 5.

Reynolds’ Score Prediction: Buccaneers 30, Packers 27
Reynolds’ Season Record: 14-4

Mark Cook: Bucs Will Prevail Late In A Thriller

Last week I picked the Buccaneers to beat the Saints, but was really uneasy about my prediction. They won. This week I am picking the Bucs to beat the Packers, and I feel pretty comfortable in my pick. Let’s hope they win. This will be just as big of a challenge as last week, but presents more favorable matchups for the Buccaneers, and more paths to victory. With that said, the Packers are here for a reason and also there is a reason they are playing the game at Lambeau Field. They are the best team in the NFC, at least until around 6:30 p.m. on Sunday evening and then we find out if that still holds true.

Bucs QB Tom Brady and HC Bruce Arians

Bucs QB Tom Brady and HC Bruce Arians – Photo courtesy of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Buccaneers’ offense is a better matchup against the defense of the Packers than it was against the Saints. Tampa Bay should be able to hang at least 30 on the Packers, even without the benefit of their defense creating four turnovers. That certainly would help of course, but it isn’t entirely necessary. Even without Antonio Brown, the Bucs offense has too many weapons for the Packers, or really any defense in the NFL, to hold them back if they give quarterback Tom Brady time to throw. Defensively, this matchup will be tougher for Tampa Bay as Aaron Rodgers has no problem with his arm strength in terms of getting the ball down the field. The Bucs will need to play more zone than they did against the Saints, as in the rare games where Rodgers struggles, it usually comes against more zone coverage. Just look at last year’s NFC Championship game against the 49ers, who were in zone coverage 83 percent of the time. That game resulted in a 37-20 San Francisco win and a trip to the Super Bowl. The problem is, the 49ers were able to get presume on Rodgers while playing zone. Can the Buccaneers? They better or Rodgers will pick them clean like a buzzard on a dead raccoon in the road.

As Bruce Arians said this week, they key to winning on the road in the playoffs normally comes down to turnovers. The Packers just don’t turn the ball over very often. If that continues on Sunday, the Bucs offense will need to play a nearly flawless game free of costly penalties and also keeping the ball secure and finish the game turnover free themselves. Some how, some way the Bucs will force one more turnover in the game and that makes the difference. Brady and the offense will hum and the defense will make just enough plays for the Bucs to come out on top and head home to face the Bills or Chiefs in the Super Bowl.

Cook’s Score Prediction: Buccaneers 33, Packers 30
Cook’s Season Record: 13-5

Jon Ledyard: After An Incredible Season, Bucs Run Falls Short In Green Bay

The rumors you’ve heard are true: I am picking the Packers to win on Sunday, even though every ounce of my heart is with the Bucs. I simply think Aaron Rodgers and Matt Lafleur are on another level right now, guiding the best offense and the best team in the league into the NFL’s final four. Rodgers has been unstoppable since a Week 6 loss to the Bucs, and all of what Tampa Bay did to thwart him in that game hasn’t shown up as an issue for the soon-to-be MVP since.

Bucs OLB Jason Pierre-Paul

Bucs OLB Jason Pierre-Paul – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

As good as they are, and the Bucs have played their best football when it matters most, the Bucs are still young on defense, especially in the secondary, and I think that gets exposed some in this game. The Packers have so many more schematic answers to defensive pressure packages at this point in the season than they did back in Week 6, and the Bucs haven’t been as good at creating pressure of late. Even if the Bucs offense improves on a dismal showing against the Saints in the divisional playoffs, they would have to play one of their cleanest games of the season to keep pace with Green Bay’s offense.

And that’s definitely possible! With the exception of last week, the Bucs offense has shown a ton of growth lately, and Tom Brady is playing at a high level right now. Can the Bucs playmakers be great, especially without Antonio Brown? They weren’t last week, but the depth players stepped up. Will the Bucs coaching staff call a more pass-heavy, play-action game, even if Green Bay dares them to run? If those two things happen, the Bucs chances of winning will certainly increase, but the Packers ability to do everything at a high level on both sides of the ball might be too much to overcome.

Ledyard’s Score Prediction: Packers 31, Bucs 27
Ledyard’s Season Record: 17-1

Matt Matera: Bucs Are Super Bowl Bound 

These are two teams that are peaking at the right time in many different areas, which will make this a great game to watch. Both teams have been getting exceptional production on the ground, and we obviously know what quarterbacks Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers can do with all the talent they have at their disposal.

The big news for Tampa Bay is that while Antonio Brown is out, they do get the return of nose tackle Vita Vea. What role he’ll have we don’t know yet, but his presence there can spark the Bucs. The defense played a ton of press-man against the Saints, but I don’t think they can do that all the time against Rodgers. While Carlton Davis III against Davante Adams will be a great match-up, it’s going to be up to the other corners to step up for this game. It won’t be easy to get to Rodgers on Sunday, and if they do, it’ll have to start from up front with Ndamukong Suh forcing Rodgers to the outside so Shaq Barrett and Jason Pierre-Paul can clean it up.

Bucs LB Lavonte David

Bucs LB Lavonte David – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

Green Bay’s defense on the other hand plays a lot of dime package, meaning their will be an opportunity for another big ground game from Leonard Fournette and Ronald Jones. As much as they’ll run the ball, this game is going to come down to Tom Brady. Losing Brown hurts, but that’s why you brought in so many skilled players for this team. They didn’t have Brown much last week and still came away with a win. I’ve learned many times before that you don’t doubt the GOAT in this situation like these, so it’s Brady on top again as the Bucs win the NFC Championship and play in their own stadium for the Super Bowl.

Matera’s Score Prediction: Buccaneers 34, Packers 33
Matera’s Season Record: 14-4

Taylor Jenkins: Bucs Beat Packers For Super Bowl Berth

The Bucs were able to dominate the Packers in their first meeting of the season, a 38-10 victory back in Week 6, but both teams are very different at this point and Green Bay is playing some of the best football in the league.

Offensively Tampa Bay will have to find a balance. Green Bay’s defensive coordinator Mike Pettine likes to call a style of defense that covers first and stops the run second, so it will be imperative that the Bucs run the ball well to stay on schedule, take their shots when they’re open and don’t become too reliant on one form of moving down the field than the other. Most importantly the Bucs have to avoid becoming impatient. Don’t be afraid of putting together a 12- or 14-play drive just to move the ball in chunks if the former results in points.

Bucs OLB Jason Pierre-Paul and ILB Lavonte David

Bucs OLB Jason Pierre-Paul and ILB Lavonte David – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

Defensively the Bucs will have a much tougher task stopping Rodgers than they did the first time around. Tampa Bay was able to pressure Rodgers with ease in Week 6 but the Packers’ offense has evolved in the quarterback-friendly offense of Matt LeFleur, enhanced by an MVP-caliber quarterback. Tampa Bay must get pressure at key times but it won’t be easy as Green Bay has remained stout in pass protection while the Bucs’ pressure rates have dropped from 40 percent through Week 10 to 32 percent since. They’ll also have to limit damage from All-Pro receiver Davante Adams, in addition to Green Bay’s passing attack through tight end Robert Tonyan and their talented duo in Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams out of the backfield, something Tampa Bay has struggled with this season as they allow a league-high 4.2 yards per target to the running back position.
I’ve tossed and turned all week over whether I can confidently pick the Bucs to bounce back against the Packers with another massive, franchise-altering win. I mean, truthfully I didn’t even think that Tampa Bay would topple New Orleans and be here in this moment but they shocked me with a win over the Saints and now I just have to go with my gut.

Jenkins’ Score Prediction: Bucs 34, Packers 31
Jenkins’ Season Record: 13-5

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Horse
4 months ago

I’m sure Packers sports writers are predicting they are going to the Super Bowl. No way to predict who’s going to win for sure.
All I can say is “keep the dream alive”!

SenileSenior
Reply to  Horse
4 months ago

A nail biter!
Bucs win! Bucs win! Bucs win!

Ja'crispy
4 months ago

Bucs Win 37-27

cptsora
4 months ago

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revfish
Reply to  cptsora
4 months ago

I hope this is tongue in cheek…I think the Bucs have a real chance to win but if I had to bet a month salary on this game (with MyBookie of course) I’d bet the Pack. Tom Brady (not hyperbole) has these guys focused on the prize and playing above themselves Should be a great game and can go either way but playing in Green Bay it’s an honest pick

TBChucky
Reply to  cptsora
4 months ago

Kinda harsh bro.. I find Jon to be very knowledgeable about X’s and O’s, and enjoy his articles. The fact that he doesn’t think we’ll win has me a little concerned, honestly. That being said, I HOPE YOU’RE WRONG JON!!

GO BUCS!!

TBChucky
4 months ago

I want this game bad.. I’m NOT ready for the season to end! Hopefully Vita can contribute with stuffing the run, and pushing the pocket! Gotta hit Rodgers early and often! Rattle his ass!

Buc76
4 months ago

At this point you have to be all in for the Bucs. 60 minutes to the Super Bowl. Brady has done it 9 times and Rogers only once. When do they leave for Green Bay? I just heard possibly 25 mile per hour winds. That could affect everything from kicking to long throws. I think we have an advantage if it’s windy.

BigSombrero
4 months ago

Last week I picked the Bucs to win and the under.

I like the under again this week, but I have the Bucs facing a peaking team at home. I think the Bucs peaked last week on defense vs a tired arm in Drew Brees. Rodgers in January at Lambeau has been a tall order for any team, just ask the Rams #1 defense. I think the Packers have too much on offense. This one should be a great game, but I think it ends up…

Bucs 20
Packers 31

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Spitfire
4 months ago

I understand you guys are supposed to be Objective Bucs Fans in your articles and such, but I just don’t understand what the point is of you guys predicting outcomes if it’s gonna be for a loss in the Championship Game. Like why even bother? If you think we’re gonna lose then what? The seasons over? Congratulations on your correct pick? That just seems so silly. I’d rather see you guys predict what the score would be IF the Bucs win and what they would have to do exactly to make that happen. That’s just my opinion, everyone is entitled… Read more »

SenileSenior
Reply to  Spitfire
4 months ago

I come to Pewter Report for analysis and opinion. I expect the writers to strive for objectivity. Their predictions are interesting.
I expect this game to be tight just because it IS a championship game. If the Packers were not top notch they would not be in this game. (That is my analysis 🙄)
I support my team come hell or high water! Bucs win! Bucs Win! Bucs win!
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Go Bucs!!!

Spitfire
4 months ago

Mark, I love the pick but I thought the stat was that Rodgers is worse against press man, that’s how we turned the tide in week 6. The game against the 9ers last year doesn’t count since that Packers team was far worse on offense. This year Rodgers is worse against press man so they will need to press while not biting on every play action and hit Rodgers hard. I agree with you though, it’s the Championship Game, nobody is gonna give any of you credit for picking a loss (Jon). Nobody is gonna say “Man good pick! You… Read more »

BucHarbour
4 months ago

Why do I feel like I’m hearing about the “great” Washington defensive line all over again. Rogers this, Packers’ peaking that. Blah, blah, blah. Since we beat them in week 6 they’ve lost to the Vikings; got by the Jags 24-20; lost to a good, but hardly a world beating Colts (in OT); they beat up on the Bears twice; handled the lowly Eagles; got by the Lions (31-24); scored only 24 against the Panthers (I think we might have done that in a quarter against them…ok, maybe a half). Overall, some solid wins against the Titans and Rams, but… Read more »

Lawdy
4 months ago

Jon is just tryin to help the bucs with a reverse juju. the ole reverse juju hex

Kramerica Industries
4 months ago

Nothing wrong with Jon picking against the Bucs, of course. If anything, it makes things look just a little bit more honest here than it would look with a coin-flip matchup being picked to land with the same side up 5/5 times.
(Of course, he’s also a Pittsburgh guy with no ties to the Bucs before this season, but, you know, shhhhhhhhhhhh.)

plopes808
4 months ago

Shame on you Mr Ledyard! haha I kid. Everyone’s entitled to their opinion and there are 2 types of people in this world…those who think the Bucs will win this game, and those who are wrong =) Being that this game will be in the cold and snow, it will come down to the run game. I’ll take our d over their run game 10 times out of 10. Their d against our run game? I definitely like our chances! Of course, we will mix it up and run a lot of play action as well, but controlling the clock… Read more »

Jay
Jay
4 months ago

The fact is this the last 4 games that the Packers played in with the exception of 1 they have been close late in the 4th. If the Bucs keep the game close Brady will win the game. But I don’t think it will be close I believe that the Bucs will win going away.

flashgordon
4 months ago

To say the least, anyone can win this one. – A quick note; i don’t pay much attention to the rest of the NFL like I use to; I just keep track of the Bucs; of course, I know major things going on around the Nfl – like Patrick Mahomes and Lamar Jackson and such stuff; but, I didn’t even know Matt Lafleur was Head Coach of the Packers! Getting back to the game . . . I’m feeling pretty confident the Bucs can win the game. Packer’s Oline is in shambles. I’m sure whoever’s playing isn’t total pushovers; but… Read more »

flashgordon
Reply to  flashgordon
4 months ago

Packer’s D against Bucs O. Well, number one thing, where all else is equal, is both Tom Brady and Rodgers are playing lights out. It’s who’s D is going to stop the others more. And, I have the Bucs D making more plays. Getting back to Bucs O vs Packers D . . . Packer’s run D I’m hearing isn’t all that great. Yes, I haven’t actually watched them. play much. I only know one Dline player – Kenny Clark. A guy I wanted in the draft btw; but whatever . . . They have a passrush I guess; but,… Read more »

flashgordon
Reply to  flashgordon
4 months ago

I think the way the Packers win is with a Rodgers hail mary! Or, it’ll be the ball bouncing the wrong way. I think the Bucs should win this game.

flashgordon
Reply to  flashgordon
4 months ago

The next Bucs unit to finally get going is the Bucs passrush . . .

Dman
4 months ago

Keys for us to win on D will be press man coverage and the return of the pass rush. Vita Vea could have a real impact if he can give us productive 15-20 reps. The guys play at a different level when they press. We get passive playing zone and get killed by undefended short passes. Play pressure D and get these guys flying around the field to make plays and take the ball away. That’s how we win. On O, the line has to continue their stout play. That and smarter play calling has been the difference the last… Read more »

scubog
4 months ago

NFL games always are a bit unpredictable. I actually think there is more pressure on the Packers and Aaron Rodgers. Who knows if that will help or hurt their chances? I do think the Bucs are a confident group going into this game and won’t be intimidated like they might have been just a bit entering the Saints game. The keys for me are to not turn the ball over, don’t let Special Teams beat you, stay close or ahead on the scoreboard and keep the ball the final four minutes to close it out. Oh, and be careful about… Read more »

seat26
4 months ago

The Bucs don’t have the defense to stop the Packers.
The Bucs don’t have the offense to score on Packers.
Packers win 34-24

eaustinyoung
Reply to  seat26
4 months ago

Says who? Packers offense is red hot so the defense will have some trouble but if you think for one second the Bucs offense is out-matched by the Packers defense, you’re high. Bucs just routed 2 defenses better than the Packers in back to back weeks.

Dave
Reply to  seat26
4 months ago

What? Lol. It’s totally fine to think the Packers will win. But to suggest the defense can’t possibly stop Rodgers(which we’ve already done), or our offense(which is top 5 in almost every single category) can’t possibly score on this mediocre Packers defense( when we just hung 30+ in back to back games versus 2 top 3 defenses), is just insane to me. Neither of those 2 statements are even remotely accurate

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Naplesfan
Reply to  seat26
4 months ago

Dude – game pickers said exactly the same thing about the Packers vs. Bucs in week 6 this past season. When the Pack came to Tampa on October 18, they were undefeated, including a big win on the road over the team most pre-season prognosticators expected to be in the Super Bowl, the Saints. Entering that game, the Packers had scored an average of 38 points per game, well above their season average. And the Pack had allowed only 25.3 PPG, a couple of points above their season average. Our defense that according to you cannot stop the Packers, held… Read more »

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Spruce
Reply to  seat26
4 months ago

Man I have to say I don’t get that at all. I too think the Packers will win. Mostly because of the environment and inherent advantages the cold and crowd has for Green Bay. Otherwise I have to say the Bucs have more talent top to bottom and in a neutral environment could be the favorite. The Packers have an improving defense that many feel has outperformed expectations. They don’t have a name brand defense. The Bucs don’t need that much offense to win. They need the defense to outperform and the offense to play mistake free, keep Rogers off… Read more »

Naplesfan
4 months ago

Anyone can think or pick anyone they wish, and absolutely none of that matters. So I have no problem with PR writers picking the Packers to win. Opinions are just opinions. The matter will be settled entirely on the field tomorrow afternoon. Nevertheless, I like the Bucs to win, and my reasons are simple: they already proved that they can bet the living crap out of Rodgers and the Pack … and they are led by the GOAT – the guy who has played in 14 conference championship games, been to 9 Super Bowls, and has 6 rings vs. the… Read more »

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Dave
4 months ago

It took a month+ for this offense to change into a less Miller, more AB type offense. So now we have to adjust our passing game a week before the biggest game of the year. Which scares me. It’s not so much losing AB. It’s having to adjust to an offense that features Miller, Johnson, and possibly Gronk more, within 1 week. As far as the Packers, and specifically the offense. The one thing that Rodgers has always done for years and years come playoff time, is turn the offense into a one dimensional Rodgers friendly pass happy offense. Aka… Read more »

Naplesfan
Reply to  Dave
4 months ago

The Bucs offense is not defined by a particular receiver – it is defined by the whole, and if any one player has the greater effect, it’s obviously Tom Brady. TB-12 distributes to ball to all his skill players, whoever is open as he masterfully goes through his reads.

surferdudes
4 months ago

Upset Sunday. Bucs, Bills win. Brady crushes his old rival Bills in the S.B.. Bills were lucky Tom left their division..luck runs out when Tom kills them in the S.B..

Spruce
4 months ago

Actually I think at this stage the Bucs are a better team all things considered except the environment.
My pick is Green Bay. Bucs just not acclimated to the conditions and a crowd that may be small but engaged.
Very slim margin as both teams are peaking at just the right time. Two future Hall of Famers last week and again this week.
Hows it get any better?

Naplesfan
Reply to  Spruce
4 months ago

Bucs won a road game in temps nearly as cold – low 30s – just two weeks ago. They are as acclimated as needed.
And Tom Brady has played and won far more playoff games and conference championship games in the cold of Boston by far than Roder has won in Green Bay. Fact.
Finally, a large proportion of current Bucs players played games in the cold up north in January, as well as college games in November.
Cold will not defeat the Bucs. Only a better team can beat the Bucs.

Spruce
Reply to  Naplesfan
4 months ago

I saw your comment elaborating on the previous Bucs win over Green Bay. Sighting the stats and concluding they were “irrefutable”. It was laughable after the win over the Saints. The Saints dominance was “irrefutable” as well. Here you’re continuing to bark at the moon when there is no point to it. We’ll see. I’ve said I think the Bucs have more talent and the only reason they could lose is the conditions. Not just the cold but the crowd. We’ll see if I am right or wrong. So far I’ve been perfect. I didn’t pick the last game saying… Read more »

BigSombrero
Reply to  Naplesfan
4 months ago

Bucs faced a 4th string QB with hurt RB1 and hurt WR1 when they played two weeks ago. GB has a HOF QB, HOF WR, and a stable of 3 different RB’s that can EACH beat you.

This is a tough pill to swallow, but Green Bay should win this game convincingly.

Spruce
4 months ago

The Patriots lost Brady years ago when he became TB12 and rented him and now the Bucs are renting TB12. It’s been a great deal for both. TB12 took a losing team with uniforms that symbolized losing and transformed them into winners. My view it was accomplished by management that made wholesale changes but none the less TB12 will get the credit no matter how good the defense plays. My hope is that the Packers lead by Rogers win this game. I’m both happy for Brady and bitter that he became more TB12 and less the Patriots QB. Rogers in… Read more »

Dave
Reply to  Spruce
4 months ago

Really? “Rodgers is all about the Packers and team pride”?and he’s genuine? Lol. Yeah ok. A) Rodgers is about Rodgers. And B) he’s about as disingenuous as it comes. That dude is so damn smug and cocky, and he’s his own biggest fan. Sorry, but I’ve always looked at Rodgers as one of the biggest douches in the league. He’s a hard guy to like. Very weird guy. Has a little Kyrie Irving in him. This guy, his whole career, has always been perfectly content losing playoff games, so long as HE plays great statistically. He only cares about how… Read more »

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Spruce
Reply to  Dave
4 months ago

There’s two things in play here so I’ll address them separately. The first is the critique of Aaron Rodgers. Is it true he has had a reputation for being aloof and condescending in the past the answer is yes. What I am reflecting on is his media connection leading up to this game. The theme is “attitude and gratitude”. I like it. And the big old Packers hat with the packers symbol on it and Packers shirt. I’m simply reflecting on that in comparison to the years watching Brady at pre and post game pressers in full TB12 mode. All… Read more »

Naplesfan
Reply to  Spruce
4 months ago

Dude – it is one thing to say you think the Packers will win. But when you say you HOPE the Packers beat the Bucs, then you just need to get the fuckoutta here. This is a Bucs fan site – not a Packers fan site.

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Spruce
Reply to  Naplesfan
4 months ago

Then we shall agree to disagree. My responsibility is to be respectful and raise valid points. All season I have been a Bucs optimist when the fan base was tearing into Brady and Arians and whatever player that didn’t meet expectations after a loss. There is no requirement in this forum to be blindly pro Bucs. There is a a requirement to be civil and respectful and I more then meet that standard. You on the other hand in two responses here have said nothing that can remotely be interpreted as football content attacking me with a vulgar reference. Perhaps… Read more »

Naplesfan
Reply to  Spruce
4 months ago

By the way, all NFL players are rented. No franchise owns a player. This isn’t slavery – it’s a business.