The NFC Championship is on the line on Sunday when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers venture into Lambeau Field to take on the Green Bay Packers. Kickoff is set for 3:05pm EST on FOX. These two teams met in the regular season, with the Bucs defending their home turf and dismantling the Packers, 38-10, in Week 6. This will mark just the fourth all-time meeting between Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers and the first-ever playoff encounter. All that’s on the line is a trip to the Super Bowl.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Betting Preview: Ho Hum
Drew Brees and Sean Payton have been together in New Orleans for 14 seasons. But after the Bucs thwarted the Saints in the Big Easy this past Sunday, it will be Brady making his 14th appearance in a conference championship, his first, of course, in the NFC.
Brady has compiled a 9-4 record in his 13 previous conference championship appearances, reaching this stage in nine out of the last 10 seasons, eliminated only last year in his final season with the Patriots. In those 13 games, the 43-year old completed 304 of his 488 pass attempts (62.3%) for 3,395 yards with 18 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.
Green Bay Packers Betting Preview: Aaron It Out
That Week 6 setback to the Bucs proved to be the Packers’ worst loss of the season, but propelled them to nine wins in their remaining 11 games. Green Bay is 8-1 at Lambeau this year, which includes a comfortable win over the Rams in the NFC Divisional Round this past Saturday and Rodgers is almost a sure-fire bet to win the MVP.
Ironically, the last time Rodgers captured the MVP trophy was the last time Brady paid a visit to Lambeau, with the Packers squeaking out a five-point win in a thriller. The Packers were the top scoring team in the NFL that year, and they held that distinction once again six years later.
Buccaneers vs. Packers Betting Odds & Lines
According to our friends at MyBookie, the Packers are 4-point favorites in the NFC Championship, with an over/under of 50.5. Green Bay covered as 7-point chalk against the Rams in the Divisional Round, while the Bucs won outright over New Orleans as 3-point underdogs. Tampa was also a 3-point dog in the Week 6 meeting against GB, with the game going well under the posted total of 55.
Free Betting Pick
Football fans had been deprived for years, having never been treated to a Brady v Rodgers Super Bowl showdown. And though that dream matchup may never materialize with Brady now in the NFC, we’ll get the next best thing this Sunday in what should be a memorable clash.
There’s more to this than the two quarterbacks, so keep an eye on the matchup between Davante Adams and Sean Murphy-Bunting. The latter completely shutout Saints’ wideout Michael Thomas, while Adams caught nine passes and a touchdown, primarily being defended by Jalen Ramsey. Whoever gets the best of this matchup could tilt the outcome in his team’s favor.
And though the idea of Brady and the Bucs playing for the Lombardi Trophy in their home stadium (which would be a first) is romantic, Rodgers and company are on a mission and dethroning Brady just became another part of that, especially after an embarrassing defeat the first time around this season.
Spooky Express Free Pick: Packers -4