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: Sunday, October 18, 2020
Kickoff: 4:25 p.m. ET
Location: Raymond James Stadium
TV: FOX/NFL
PLAY-BY-PLAY: Joe Buck
ANALYST: Troy Aikman
SIDELINE: Erin Andrews
RADIO: 98ROCK 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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***PR Official Game Day Thread: Bucs vs. Packers

Scott Reynolds: Bucs Aren’t Good Enough – Yet

The 4-0 Green Bay Packers have played nearly perfect football to start the 2020 season. The Packers offense hasn’t turned the ball over yet, and quarterback Aaron Rodgers has only been sacked three times this year. The Bucs have been far from perfect this year, as the team is still leading the league in penalties in 2020 after earning that dubious distinction a year ago. The Packers play a very disciplined brand of football and don’t beat themselves, while the Bucs are usually undisciplined and are their own worst enemy.

In big games like this against battle-tested, playoff-caliber teams, can the Bucs play error-free football while forcing the Packers into some uncharacteristic mistakes? That’s what has to happen in order for Tampa Bay to prevail. The Bucs are just as talented as the Packers – perhaps slightly more so, but Green Bay is simply playing better football right now I believe the Pack narrowly prevails.

If this game were played later in the year with Tom Brady and the Bucs having more experience playing together I might pick Tampa Bay to come out on top. But the Bucs just aren’t there yet. For more pre-game analysis, be sure to check out my Bucs vs. Packers – 4 Match-ups To Watch segment of this week’s SR’s Fab 5 column.

Reynolds’ Score Prediction: Packers 31, Buccaneers 27
Reynolds’ Season Record: 4-1

Mark Cook: Valiant Effort, But Not Quite In Green Bay’s Class

When a visiting team comes in undefeated, following a 13-3 season and an appearance in the NFC Championship game the year before, the odds aren’t in favor of an upset. Yet here we are with a Bucs football team that absolutely can pull off a win and hand Green Bay its first loss of the season. But will they? If they do then the rest of the league needs to take notice. It isn’t like the Bucs are flying under the radar by any means, but with an upset, Tampa Bay will go from a good team that is a playoff contender, to a great team you can pencil in for a deep run into the playoffs – and maybe more.

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers
Packers QB Aaron Rodgers – Photo by: Getty Images

We have talked all offseason about how loaded the Buccaneers are on offense. Well, the Packers have every bit of offensive firepower as the Bucs have, and some would argue more. When evaluating the quarterback play, you have to give Aaron Rodgers the nod so far in 2020 based on his 13 touchdown passes without an interception. Regarding the offensive line, the Packers have an edge as they have just don’t give up sacks. The two teams are fairly even at the skill positions with Green Bay with a slight edge at running back, while the Bucs have an edge at wide receiver. Defensively, it is pretty close.

So how can the Bucs win? I’d feel better if there were 65,000 screaming Bucs fans packed into Raymond James Stadium, but that won’t be the case. For Tampa Bay to win it needs to walk off the field on Sunday evening having forced Rodgers into his first interception (or more) of the season, and have the back of his jersey and rear end covered in grass stains. Regardless of the winner it likely will be a close game that comes down to the team who commits the least amount of penalties and turnovers. With that said, I trust the Packers a little more than Tampa Bay.

Cook’s Score Prediction: Packers 31, Buccaneers 30
Cook’s Season Record: 3-2

Jon Ledyard: Bucs Are Wearing Pewter Pants? It’s A Wrap

I could tell you how a now mostly-healthy Bucs offense is going to put up big points on Sunday, finally finding their rhythm against a Packers defense that hasn’t exactly been stellar through the team’s first four games. I could tell you about how Tom Brady is going to have such an easier time keeping the Bucs offense on schedule with Chris Godwin to target over the middle of the field, and I could tell you about how a Packers defense that is 30th in pressures and 30th in blitz rate won’t be able to overcome this Bucs offensive line.

Bucs TE Rob Gronkowski
Bucs TE Rob Gronkowski – Photo by: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

I could tell you how this Bucs’ defense, roundly criticized after last week’s performance against the Bears, will again give up some points and yardage, but will make the plays when it matters most. I could tell you how a Packers offense that hasn’t committed a turnover all season will finally commit one late in the game on Sunday; on a Shaq Barrett strip-sack of Aaron Rodgers early in the fourth quarter.

I could tell you all of that, but do I really need to? The Bucs are wearing white jerseys with pewter pants first the first time on Sunday. PEWTER PANTS. It’s a wrap.

Ledyard’s Score Prediction: Buccaneers 34, Packers 31
Ledyard’s Season Record: 4-1

Taylor Jenkins: Bucs Fall Short Again, Move To 3-3

As the undefeated Packers come off of a Week 5 bye week and head to Tampa Bay to face the Bucs – a battle between former NFC Central foes as many long-time Bucs fans remember – Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay offense has been firing on all cylinders while Tampa Bay hasn’t quite perfected the art of staying out of their own way.

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers
Packers QB Aaron Rodgers – Photo by: Getty Images

While the Bucs’ defense has forced nine turnovers, gotten to the quarterback for 17 sacks and allowed just 298.3 yards per game to their opponents through five weeks, its struggles keeping quarterbacks Justin Herbert and Nick Foles off the scoreboard as of late raises concerns. And the Packers’ top-ranked scoring offense (38 points per game) has predicated itself on not giving away opportunities, committing zero turnovers through four games, allowing Rodgers to be sacked just three times and converting 51.11 percent of their third downs, good for the fourth-best mark in the NFL.

On the other side of the coin, a seemingly-healthy Bucs offense should be able to put points on a Green Bay defense that’s allowing 353.2 yards and over 25 points per game to opponents, but avoiding drive-killing penalties on offense and executing an aggressive game plan on both sides of the ball to perfection will be the biggest keys for Tampa Bay if they want to escape Week 6 with a win.

Jenkins’ Score Prediction: Packers 33, Buccaneers 27
Jenkins’ Season Record: 4-1

Matt Matera: Bucs Lose In A Shootout

The Bucs are finally getting healthier on the offensive side of the ball at a time they need it the most with the return of wide receiver Chris Godwin and running backs LeSean McCoy and Leonard Fournette, who only dressed last week in an emergency situation. With a full arsenal, the Bucs offense will need to lead the way in order to win, and they’ll have the ability to score on a Packers defense that has allowed 25 points per game.

Bucs WR Chris Godwin
Bucs WR Chris Godwin – Photo courtesy of the Buccaneers

If there’s anyone that Tampa Bay has to worry about facing against the defense of the Packers, it’s edge rusher Za’Darius Smith, who has five sacks on the season. Keeping Tom Brady upright will be paramount on Sunday, and if Tampa Bay can do that, Green Bay will have to pick their poison in trying to stop either Mike Evans or Godwin – even with a very good player in Jaire Alexander at cornerback.

While the Bucs are getting healthy on offense, their defense is not. Nose tackle Vita Vea is done for the year, cornerback Carlton Davis III is not 100 percent, and rookie defensive tackle Khalil Davis’ absence will hurt the rotation on the defensive line. The Packers on the other hand are getting star receiver Devante Adams back, not to mention they’ve been averaging 38 points a game without him. It’s going to be very tough to bring down Aaron Rodgers, as he’s been sacked only three times this year. With both offenses in full gear, we should see a high scoring affair in this one.

Matera’s Score Prediction: Packers 34, Buccaneers 31
Matera’s Season Record: 4-1

For more insight into Sunday’s Bucs vs. Packers game, make sure to listen to the NEW episode of the Pewter Report Podcast.

You can also watch this episode of the Pewter Report Podcast on our YouTube page – PewterReportTV

Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com 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, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. 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 mark@pewterreport.com
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buddah

Gutless selections by all but one of you. Green Bay has put up big numbers against three of the four worst defenses in the league. This is a statement game. Bucs speak, 35-24.

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BigSombrero

Sure, the Packers have beaten inferior teams, but so have the Bucs. The difference is the offensive line for the Packers. Without a single first round draft pick, they are top 10 in rushing and have only given up 3 sacks. Meanwhile, Rodgers is truly accurate and the Bucs defensive backfield can be passed on, just ask any QB who faced them.

Packers 34
Bucs 24

Sombrero’s season record 5-0
Sombrero’s record against the spread 5-0

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Dave

Beaten inferior opponents? So haven’t the Packers, Saints, Panthers, Seahawks, Bears, and Rams. Pretty much every single remotely decent team in the NFC has beaten nothing but inferior opponents. So what’s your point? And let’s not pretend like the Packers line is light years better than ours. Before last week, Brady and Rodgers were neck and neck in sacks. Bucs OLine had 1 bad week. Even with that bad week, Brady is still on pace to be sacked only 26 times. I’d call that pretty good And just ask anyone who’s faced the Bucs defensive backfield? Let’s go down the… Read more »

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BigSombrero

My record is 5-0. Soon to be 6-0.

Bucs might have a better coaching staff and better linebackers. The Packers have advantages in all other areas, starting with QB.

Should be an entertaining game. Going back to last season, Tom is 3-7 vs teams with winning records, with two wins coming vs Buffalo. Meanwhile he is 10-1 vs teams with losing records.

I’ve got my popcorn ready.

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Buc on the Move

Here’s to hoping the Bucs burst your bubble with a nice salty popcorn enema this week, since you’ve got it ready and all.

Go Bucs!

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Spitfire

Wait… Is this you?

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BigSombrero

That’s funny as hell! Seriously laughing my ass off!

Cheers on a great joke spitfire!

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Donkey_Hunter

Good call out on the false comment regarding the success of opposing QB’s we’ve faced this year. It was almost as pathetic as the hot take last week that Indy “ran all over” Chicago.

Pretty pathetic takes when it’s completely made up and fabricated.

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Donkey_Hunter

Lol @ the subtle jab about 1st round offensive linemen. By the way, that stud back of theirs, what round was he drafted in again?

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BigSombrero

They’re line is so good, they burned their 1st round pick on a QB of the future! Then they used their 2nd rounder on RB of the future AJ Dillon!

To be fair, I thought they’d take a top WR or defense. Shows you how little I know about the Packers needs.

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Donkey_Hunter

For starters, it’s “their line is so good”, not “they’re line”.

Secondly, you ignored that Jones was a 5th round back.

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BigSombrero

My phone autocorrected and I didn’t catch it, but thanks!!

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Dman

I was surprised AJ Dillon went that high. In one of my early mocks I had the Bucs selecting him in RD4.

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Naplesfan

Dude – these comment boards aren’t about you. They’re about the Bucs. Nobody but you cares about your “record” of spouting off and trolling these pages, as you admit you do.

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BigSombrero

I’m just chiming in to compare myself to the professional writers who cover the Bucs.

Sure, no one cares but me, but what harm is it to compete in the comments section??

I find it entertaining, especially since I’m winning!!

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BucNnole

PR Staff- When Bucs released uniform schedule the pewter pants weren’t listed for any game with white jersey. My question is can you shed some light on who makes uniform selections. I’m curious is it the players? coaches? What is the process? Thanks ! Go Bucs!

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twspin

Changin me mind here. At first I had it 28-24 Pack. But I got our D surprising Rodgers. 21-17 Bucs! Now if only we will deliver………

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Horse

This is 2020 Buc time. We all expect you to get in the Playoffs!
No more Rah rah from me. Get it done now!

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Naplesfan

Yup – it’s time for the Bucs to produce. No more “gelling” time as Dman put it below. It’s produce time.

You can’t be the best unless you can beat the best. You’re either the best or you’re mediocre. Which is it to be, Bucs?

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EastEndBoy

Green Bay is a single player…sure he’s darn good, but if he has an off day they’re sunk. Tough to put all your eggs in one basket. Bucs 35, GB 24

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jiggyjoe

Let me tell you. NEVER BET AGAINST BRADY. Trust me on this. Jiggyjoe knows.

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Spitfire

Jon… You’re my new favorite… The Lone Gunman out there shootin down the negativity and standin strong! The realist in me knows it’s gonna be a tough night but the Bucs fan in me knows that we can lose easy game and destroy in the hard ones just the same. I think the Packers are in a spot where they are feelin a little cocky and thinking they are better than they are and believin the hype and our Bucs are absolutely posses off that they allowed a garbage Bears team to barely beat them while allowing the frustration of… Read more »

Spitfire

P.S. – Any time they wear Pewter its game on! I wish the all Pewter were their Home Uniform! White and Pewter is gonna be sweet!

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seat26

Packers 32, Bucs 19.
The deficiencies on Offensive Line and the Injuries catch up with Bucs. Bucs keep it close in first half, but Packers pull away in 2nd half.

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Crazyhorse54

Sorry, the Bucs are not up to the competition. They lose 31-3

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scubog

From one who remembers when our match-up against the Packers was once called the “Bay of Pigs”; it’s somewhat refreshing that it now is the featured game of the week. What’s going to really irk me is that the limited number of tickets to the game were only available to season pass members. Yet there is little doubt that some of those folks, who profess to be loyal Bucs fans, will then sell their chance to attend the game themselves to a Packer fan (who probably has lived here for 20 years). Thus preventing a true Bucs fan from even… Read more »

BigSombrero

Enjoy the game! It should be filled with fireworks!

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plopes808

What you all seem to be missing is that we are the first top defense GreenBay has played all year. I’m expecting a situation similar to us playing the first good defense of the year in Chicago.

Offensively, we shouldn’t have much trouble keeping up as GreenBay’s defense is less than stellar. Our defense will once again be our biggest advantage in this game as they’ve been all year.

I’m thinking 27-17 Bucs

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Dman

This is Week 6, no more excuses about these guys needing to gel. If we can’t beat the Pack at home at this point why did we bring TB here in the first place. Time to get it done now, I could care less about the score.

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fredster

Its all about match ups and Bucs D will match up well with Green Bay’s run heavy offense even with Nacho at NT. the Packers come in with big heads and favored while Bucs were embarrassed and pissed Thursday as they should be. Bucs win 34-24 and packers have first 2 turnovers of the year on offense.

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Michael76

Rogers has been getting rid of the ball faster than the last 2 years, so substantially press coverage is required. When he does hold on longer, their LT and RG are getting beat and if it wasn’t for Aaron’s ability to scramble, their sacked allowed would be up there (even against Falcons, Lions, Vikings) Aaron will make plays, and get points by extending plays, even without a running game… so I too believe we’ll need points to win. I could see us winning the time of possession with a balanced attack, Mike having a good day against a (less than… Read more »

SufferingSince76

In order for the Bucs to win this game they will need to play error free football. So far, they have been unable to do so. While I pray they will not embarrass themselves like they did in the Chicago, I am not optimistic. After all, I’ve been a Buc fan since 1976. Call me jaded.

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Naplesfan

Until I stop believing that the Bucs are a good football team, I have to pick them to win every game. Maybe that day is coming when I no longer believe they are a good football team, but I certainly believe they are a good football team today. In the NFL any team can beat any other team. That’s always been true. Great teams have bad days, and most great teams don’t go undefeated during the regular season. Exhibit A is the Raiders beating the Chiefs last weekend. If the Raiders can beat the Chiefs, then the Bucs can certainly… Read more »

Naplesfan

Bucs 34 – Packers 28

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Captain Sly

Backup named Fitz had to play few yrs ago for suspension and the PR staff like now cowardly picked against us. Well this old pirate goes down with the Ship! Bucs go old school run it down there throats, controlling the clock, smothering Rodgers all game…27-17 Bucs Win!!

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BigSombrero

I would love to see a Bucs team that pounds the rock and plays great defense. I’m not sure it’s in BAs DNA, but it would be nice.

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Captain Sly

We’ve been trending in that direction when comparing stats from last year. The criticism has been running into a loaded box. Got to let Brady audible out of that play. I believe they’ve learned to do that and we’ll see a more efficient offense Tomorrow. Go Bucs!

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ScottC543

37 – 31, Bucs.

Our offense has a big day passing and a big day running

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PatrioticChief

Bucs will have to do something they haven’t done all season and put together a complete 4Q without wounding themselves. My math system is pretty simple – I look at the coach, look at the quarterback, and then look at the matchups between personnel and scheme. I think the Packers have the advantage in the first two categories while the Bucs have the advantage in the 3rd but not a dominant one. I think Packers win and I hope Buc fans don’t freak out. It’s a long season and I still think the Bucs best football is ahead of them.… Read more »

jcscycles

Oh ye of little faith. We won, big! You were right Jon!

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