NFL Matinee Sunday on FOX: Green Bay Packers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Green Bay at Tampa

Time: 3:25 PM (FOX)

Spread: EVEN

Total: 55.5

Odds c/o 5dimes

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are 3-2 and in 1st place in the NFC South. It is in a tie for first with New Orleans, and the Bucs will host visiting Green Bay this Sunday at 3:25 PM (EST) on FOX. The game is set with EVEN odds, a PICK EM, and the over/under hovers at 55.5 points per oddsmakers at popular bookmaker 5dimes.

TB

Tampa Bay has become the new team of legendary Patriot Tom Brady, and so far the results have been very good. Brady has thrown 64.3 percent for completion en route to 1,375 yards, 12 touchdowns, and four interceptions. His passer rating is 96.8, and he has done well in most facets- perhaps save rushing. Brady’s 15 attempts have resulted in just six yards, though he has rushed for a touchdown this season. Ronald Jones II has been consistent as the No. 1 option in the backfield.

Jones has 359 yards and averages nearly 5 per-carry. He has managed just one rushing touchdown, with the team’s other two backfield TDs coming from Leonard Fournette. Fournette has been arguably more productive than Jones, but he sees about one-third as many handoffs. Fournetette’s 5.1 yards-per-carry lead the team, as do his two touchdowns. Yet its Jones who has tallied 19 first downs to a mere five from Fournette. Brady has three, as well.

Tampa has relied heavily on a tandem of receivers in Mike Evans and Scotty Miller. Both have over 250 yards this season, and OJ Howard is a big threat at tight end along with another former Patriot, Rob Gronkowski. The two have combined to catch 13 passes for 286 yards, giving Brady the typical tight end production he had during his tenure with just “Gronk” in New England. Chris Godwin and Justin Watson each have caught 143 and 94 yards, respectively, and Godwin has a TD to his credit. The Patriots have just four rushing touchdowns but have 12 via the pass, clearly preferring to go mostly to Evans who has caught six of the 12 TDs.

Kicker Ryan Succop is 9 of 11 with a long-kick of 46-yards. He has missed his 2 of 4 field goals from beyond 40 yards, but he has connected on 14 of 15 PATs. Punter Bradley Pinton has kicked for an average punt of 46.7 yards, and he has a net punt average of 42-yards.

GB

The Green Bay Packers are 4-0 and in first place in the NFC North. The team ranks No. 3 in the NFL in passing yards at 294.8 per game and No. 5 in rushing with 150.8. The Packers though, have the league’s highest-scoring offense at 38 points per game. Its defense is merely middle of the pack, but in holding opponents to 25.3 points per game, the Packers emerge with a +12.7 point differential overall…

Aaron Rodgers has been sensational this season. Heh as thrown 70.5 percent for completion with 13 touchdowns to his credit sans a single interception. He has been sacked three times for 35 lost yards, but that is not horrible over a four-game stint. His passer rating of 128.4 is ultra-elite.

Rodgers has also had success rushing as one of two (min. 5 attempts) with over five yards-per-carry. Aaron Jones has led the team with 65 attempts, a team-high, for 5.8 yards per, and 374 yards with four touchdowns. The Packers though have managed just three rushing TDs, with Tyler Ervin accounting for the other on one of his mere four carries this season.

Allen Lazard, Marquez Valdes-Scanting, and Davante Adams all have been strong receivers. Mixing in Tight end Robert Tonyan, and the Packers have four options with at least 170 yards this season. Lazard leads in yardage at 254, while Valdes-Scantling leads in yards-per-catch with 17.5.

Running back Jamaal Williams leads the team in yards after the catch with 103, and he has caught all 13 of his targeted passes for 119 yards including one big play. The Packers have six receiving options in all with at least 12 catches this season and three players have at least 10 first down catches. Rodgers has moved the chains and the Packers have 13 receiving touchdowns this season coming from six different players.

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