Bucs-Packers Preview

October 5 – It's a bit late to be having a home opener, but the Tampa Bay Buccaneers could use a home game after having their first two games of the season on the road. The undefeated Green Bay Packers head into Raymond James Stadium on Sunday and there's a lot at stake for the Buccaneers in this round of the Battle of the Bays. Tampa Bay will hand Green Bay their first loss of the season and keep pace in the NFC Central Division with a win over the Packers.

MATCHUP: Green Bay Packers (3-0) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-1)

WHERE: Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida

WHEN:: Sunday, Oct. 7 at 4:15 p.m. ET. on FOX

PLAY-BY-PLAY: John Madden and Pat Summerall

LAST WEEK: The Green Bay Packers came from behind to defeat the Carolina Panthers on the road, 28-7. QB Brett Favre completed 25-of-29 passes for 308 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. Favre started the game off shaky, throwing two interceptions. But he came back strong, throwing two of those touchdowns off of Carolina fumbles. Kicker Ryan Longwell connected on two field goals. Running back Ahman Green continued to lead the Packers offense. Although he only rushed for 52 yards on 23 carries, he had 128 total yards. Perhaps Green Bay's most impressive statistic was on the defensive side of the ball. The Packers defense held the Panthers to just 169 yards of offense.

Meanwhile, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers attempted to improve to 2-0 and hand Minnesota their third loss of the season, but the Pewter Pirates came up short. The Bucs lost to the Vikings, 20-16. The Bucs defense allowed a total of 390 yards, including a 11-play, 96-yard touchdown drive, which proved to be the game winner. The Bucs had their chances, but didn't take advantage of them.

LAST SEASON The Packers finished in third place in the NFC Central Division last season with a record of 9-7, but didn't make the playoffs.

THE LAST TIME THESE TWO TEAMS MET: December 24, 2000- Tampa Bay traveled to freezing Green Bay to take on the Packers and lost in overtime, 17-14. The Buccaneers trailed 14-0, but the defense came up with some turnovers and allowed the offense to score two touchdowns to tie the game. Kicker Martin Gramatica was in position to kick the game-winning field goal with just second remaining from the 40-yards out, but just missed. The Packers would win the toss in overtime and K Ryan Longwell kicked the game-winning field goal.

BUCS-PACKERS SERIES: Green Bay leads the all-time series with a record of 27-16-1. The Packers have won 14 of the last 18 games, but Tampa Bay is undefeated in Raymond James Stadium against Green Bay with a record of 3-0. Green Bay and Tampa Bay have split each of the last three Battle of the Bays season meetings.


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