Tampa Bay (3-3) is coming off a convincing 41-14 win over the Minnesota Vikings on Oct. 28. The Packers (4-2) were whipped 35-13 by the Minnesota Vikings on Oct. 21 in Minneapolis. This is the first of two straight NFC Central Division games for the Packers. The Packers face the surprising Chicago Bears Nov. 11 in Chicago, so Packers coach Mike Sherman has warned his team about getting too high for any particular game.
"Humility is standing right around the corner to bite you in the ass," Sherman said. "The key thing is you can't too high or low. You have to have a steady, even keel. The teams that have the mental toughness to handle the good times and the bad times are able to come out of the bad times and understand the good times aren't going to last very long. If you stay up there in the clouds, those are the teams thta end up winning at the end of the season."
The Packers have won their last eight games at Lambeau Field, including a 17-14 overtime win over the Buccaneers last Dec. 24.
These two rivals (it's the last game they'll play as division opponents due to next year's realignment) from such different climates always seem to play close games no matter what the temperature. Five of the past six meetings between the two have been decided by seven points or less, including this past October 7 - a 14-10 Bucs win in 90-degree Tampa heat.
That day, in the Packers' first loss in eight games, Tampa Bay intercepted quarterback Brett Favre three times, with one pickoff being returned 98 yards for a TD by linebacker Shelton Quarles. A 95-yard Bucs scoring drive – the longest in team history - produced the winning touchdown (a Mike Alstott rumbling 39-yard romp).
Favre enters the game as the NFL's winningest home quarterback in the Super Bowl era (since 1967). The top five records in the category:
HOME SWEET HOME
(Minimum 25 starts)
Quarterback Record, Home Starts Winning Percentage
Brett Favre 62-11 .849
Terry Bradshaw 67-12 .848
Roger Staubach 49-10 .831
John Elway 95-23 .805
Danny White 37-10 .787