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Gameday Tampa Bay –

Game 3

Packers (1-1) at Bucs (2-0)

To start up: 4:30 p.m.

TV: WTVT-TV Channel 13, NFL Sunday Ticket Channel 717.

Diffusion: Fans can stream the show from Boucaniers.comFOX or on a mobile device using the Buccaneers oofficial app, FOX Sports or NFL+ app. Geographic restrictions apply.

Radio: Buccaneers Radio Network WXTB-FM 97.9 in Tampa-St. Petersburg region (Radio broadcasts in Spanish on WTMP-FM 96.1 and WMGG-AM 1470 in Tampa). Additional stations throughout Florida on the Buccaneers radio network may is here. The game will also air on SiriusXM Channel 228 (Buccaneers Radio Network broadcast).

Time: It’s going to be hot but not as hot as Joe hopes. By, the Packers-Bucs game will begin with a kickoff temperature. It won’t cool much after the game starts because by the end of the game it should be 84. expected 88 degrees under sunny skies. This is expected to be the high for today.

Odds: By BetMGM, from Saturday evening, Bucs -1; over/under 42.

Injuries: Bucks — Out: WR Chris Godwin (hamstrings), DT Akiem Hicks (foot). Doubtful: TE Cade Otton (staff), LT Donovan Smith (elbow). Questionable: RB Leonard Fournette (hamstring), WR Russell Gage (hamstring), WR Julio Jones (knee), WR Breshad Perriman (knee). Packers — Out: WR Sammy Watkins. Questionable: T David Bakhtiari (knee), WR Randall Cobb (illness), TE Marcedes Lewis (groin), WR Christian Watson (hamstring).

Outlook: The Bucs have all sorts of issues to deal with. That doesn’t diminish the importance of today’s game with the Packers. This play could (if the Bucs can ever reverse the offense) determine home-court advantage going into the playoffs. Simply put, if the Bucs are capable of picking up a win today with their depleted wide receiver corps, the Bucs are clearly the elite team in the NFC. Why? If you can take down the Packers and you’re not close to full strength, you’re king of the NFC mountain until someone takes you down. But let’s not pretend this is a dominant Packers team. Green Bay also has a bunch of issues with its wide receivers. But so far they can run the ball. And unlike the past three seasons, the Bucs so far this season haven’t stifled the run either. Dallas and New Orleans nicked the Bucs on the ground at times. The rest of the defense is so powerful that the kind of soft running defense gets lost in the fireworks. Even Bucs coach Todd Bowles and co-defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers said this week that the running defense was due to show up at The Licht House today with their work belts buckled. If the Bucs can somehow lasso the Packers with a ground attack against AJ Dillon and Aaron Jones, Joe likes the Bucs’ chances today.

Fun facts: Packers drama queen quarterback Aaron Rodgers is 1-3 in his career at The Licht House and 3-5 in games played at Florida State. In those eight games, Rodgers has 11 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. … Also, Tom Brady hasn’t thrown an interception in his last five regular season games against the Packers (he threw three against the Packers in the 2020 NFC Championship Game). The last time Brady threw a pick against the Packers was nearly 20 years ago in October 2002. Then he threw three picks in a 28-10 Green Bay win over the Belicheats.