The bye week couldn’t have come at a perfect time for the Green Bay Packers as many players coming off of injuries and are set to play in their Week 6 matchup in Tampa Bay against the Buccaneers.
The Packers are getting back many key players like wide receiver Davante Adams, Kenny Clark, Chandon Sullivan, Marcedes Lewis, and Rashan Gary. Some players like Jaire Alexander, Kevin King, Krys Barnes, Za’Darius Smith, and Montravius Adams popped up on the injury report but are expected to play. Tyler Ervin has been ruled out.
Coming off a 20-19 loss to the Chicago Bears, the Buccaneers have many players on their injury report – Chris Godwin, Mike Evans, Leonard Fournette, Rob Gronkowski, LeSean McCoy, Scotty Miller, Jason Pierre-Paul, Lavonte David, and others. Many of the Buccaneers players are expected to play, including Godwin and Evans.
Even though the Buccaneers are coming off a tough loss to the Bears, they are still a team to not take lightly. Case in point: the Packers will be the favorite this weekend, but by less than a field goal. If healthy, Tom Brady has some incredible weapons with a defense that has given up the second-fewest yards and has allowed the eighth fewest points in the league.
The Packers offense is going to have to rely on the passing game against that Buccaneers defense and might have to rely solely on the running backs of Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams. The Bears had a good blueprint when they beat the Buccaneers as they used Cordarrelle Patterson out of the backfield in the passing game.
The strength of the Buccaneers is their running defense as they have given up 58.4 yards per game, which is the best in the NFL. The Bears failed to get the ball moving on the ground, but that has been a problem for them all year while the Packers have done it well as they are the fifth-best rushing team in yards per game.
As one of the best offenses takes on one of the top defenses, we have to be grateful for what we see as two of the best to ever do it could be on the field together for the last time.