NFC Championship 2021 Predictions & Odds Buccaneers vs Packers

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  • Tampa Bay GOAT QB Tom Brady has been in this playoff position more than anyone
  • The Packers made it look easy against the LA Rams last week, winning 32-18
  • These NFC rivals played in Week 6 this season when the Bucs beat the Packers, 38-10

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NFC Championship Odds

Buccaneers vs Packers Predictions and Picks

This classic NFC powerhouse showdown could be a total toss-up, so take the older GOAT and the points for the win.

Pick:

Buccaneers +3.5 (-114)

How to Watch the NFC Championship

Buccaneers vs Packers Information
WhatTampa Bay Buccaneers vs Green Bay Packers
WhereLambeau Field in Green Bay, WI
WhenSunday, January 24, 2021; 3:05 PM ET
How to watchFOX

Time for Tom Brady to step up (again) in the postseason, the Tampa Bay Buccaneer GOAT quarterback who has been in this playoff position more than any other player in this matchup, his experience fueling the type of A-level confidence required to face and defeat these big-scoring Packers led by another future Hall of Famer, Aaron Rodgers.

The Green Bay Packers are lucky enough to have potential NFL MVP this season Aaron Rodgers under center, a born playmaker who leads the league in TDs (48) and completion percentage (70.7) and who has arguably the best receiver in the league to target, Davante Adams, who leads the league in receiving TDs (18) and receiving yards per game (98.1).

These two NFC rivals have played each other 56 prior times (including 1 postseason game), with the Green Bay Packers winning 33 of those games and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers winning 22 of the games, plus they have also tied once.

Can the Bucs Continue to Rely on Their Backup Talent?

The Tampa Bay Buccaneer offense brought two big surprises to their Divisional Round playoff matchup with the Saints – their strong rushing attack and QB Tom Brady’s willingness to target his less utilized teammates.

On the ground is “Playoff Lenny” Leonard Fournette leading from the Tampa Bay backfield, posting 17 carries for 63 yards plus five catches for 44 yards and a touchdown in the team’s surprising win over the favored home team, the Saints.

And QB Tom Brady was generous with his targets, passing up his double-teamed playmakers like Mike Evans and Gronk and throwing the ball to the lesser-known players like WR Scott Miller and TW Cameron Brate for some huge, season-saving plays, demonstrating a level of roster depth that helps during the postseason.

Can the Green Bay Packers Offense Find Success Against these Bucs?

The last time these two NFC rivals faced off was in Week 6 of this regular season, and the Packers struggled to put points on the board as Tom Brady and his Buccaneers ran away with the game, final score 38-10.

Tampa Bay boasts the 6th best defense in the league this season, and on average they keep their opponents to 327 total yards per game and let them score just over 22 points, numbers that are far below what Green Bay typically puts up.

With Rodgers under center, the Packers score almost 32 points per game and move the ball almost 390 yards every sixty minutes, something they totally failed to do last time these two collided (201 offensive yards, 10 points), a mystery hopefully offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett has since figured out.


Editor’s Picks


Buccaneers Key Player: (WR) Mike Evans

Last week, Bucs QB Tom Brady only targeted his star receiver Mike Evans 3 times for one 3-yard touchdown catch, a production that will not get the job done against these offensive heavy Packers.

Green Bay will no doubt double team, Evans, the same way every other opponent tends to do, but it will be key for him to get open regardless of that extra attention and give his QB a legitimate deep target at various points in this game.

It’s win or go home, so Evans needs to have a huge 100+ receiving yards game like he has five other times this season, and a few more end zone hookups with the GOAT wouldn’t hurt their chances either, Evans with 13 TDs on the regular season.

Packers Key Player: (RB) Aaron Jones

With most of the focus understandably going to QB Aaron Rodgers and his star receiver Davante Adams, it would make sense to game plan a strategy that uses their premiere running back Aaron Jones out of the backfield as both a rusher and receiver in this one.

This season Jones has been an effective part of the Packers’ 1op-5 offense, posting 201 carries for 1,104 yards and 9 touchdowns on the season, plus with 47 catches for another 355 yards and 2 more touchdowns.

The Bucs kept the Packers to under 100 yards on the ground last time they played (94 total rushing yards) and that lack of production from out of the backfield gave Tampa Bay’s offense more time on the field to do damage, a potential deficit that Green Bay head coach Matt LaFleur has no doubt game planned around.

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NFC Championship Winners

Team# of NFC Championships
San Francisco 49ers16
Dallas Cowboys14
Los Angeles / Saint Louis Rams10
Minnesota Vikings9
Green Bay Packers8
Philadelphia Eagles7
Washington Redskins6
New York Giants5
Chicago Bears5
Atlanta Falcons4
Carolina Panthers4
Seattle Seahawks3
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New Orleans Saints3
Arizona Cardinals2
Detroit Lions1

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