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By a 6-2 vote, our staff predicts the Packers will beat the Buccaneers on Sunday.

W. Keith Roerdink (3-0)

Packers 27, Buccaneers 20

Assuming Brian Griese's arm didn't fall off after tossing 67 passes a week ago, this should be a close game. The Packers secondary will be without the services of Al Harris and Atari Bigby, while Nick Collins and Charles Woodson are banged up. Look for Aaron Rouse and especially Tramon Williams to get tested. Offensively, Aaron Rodgers should find success with his tight ends against Tampa Bay's version of the Cover 2. Greg Jennings could come up big against cornerback Ronde Barber, who is starting to show his age just a bit. Don't expect big gains on the ground, as Ryan Grant continues to come back slowly (and wisely) from an injured hamstring.

Tom Andrews (3-0)

Packers 21, Buccaneers 17

Despite the loss of Al Harris and the injuries to Atari Bigby and Nick Collins, I look for the Packers' defense to find a way to frustrate Brian Griese and the Bucs' offense. This will be a huge opportunity for Tramon Williams to step up and justify the coaching staff's faith in him. The defensive line will have to do a much better job slowing running backs Ernest Graham and Warrick Dunn than they did against Marion Barber of Dallas last week, or it will be a long afternoon. On offense, a healthier Ryan Grant should keep Tampa Bay honest and open things up a bit for Aaron Rodgers and the passing game. I expect a typical, hard-fought Packers-Bucs game, with Green Bay holding on for the win.

Bill Huber (2-1)

Packers 24, Buccaneers 23 We'll find out a lot about the Packers today. Can Aaron Rodgers adapt after defenses have adapted to his style? Can the offensive line protect him? Is Scott Wells' back and Ryan Grant's hamstring finally healed? Is Tramon Williams any good? Does the defense have the talent, heart and guts to stop the run while playing under the hot Florida sun? Enough of the answers are yes.

Todd Korth (2-1)

Packers 21, Buccaneers 20

Both teams have defenses that are either mediocre or banged up. In Green Bay's case, its defense is hurting, especially in the secondary, which means the Packers will have to play the ball-control game behind running backs Ryan Grant and Brandon Jackson. Tampa Bay's Cover-2 scheme always seems to bother quarterbacks, and that may be the case with Aaron Rodgers, another reason to control the ball on the ground. Plus, Green Bay's defense needs a break after a busy night against the Cowboys, so look for the Packers to run more often and squeak out a victory.

Tyler Dunne (2-1)

Packers 28, Buccaneers 24

Should be a high-scoring affair. The Packers' secondary is banged up and Kyle Orton (let that name sink in for a second ... Kyle Orton) went for 268 yards on Tampa Bay last week. Both head coaches prefer to keep chucking it when the passing game is clicking, so expect a lot of points. In the end, though, Greg Jennings and Donald Driver will make more plays in the open field than Ike Hilliard and Antonio Bryant and Green Bay bounces back in a tight one.

Bob Fox (2-1)

Packers 24, Buccaneers 17

The Packers have plenty of injury issues in the secondary, with cornerback Al Harris out for an extended period because of a spleen injury and safety Atari Bigby (hamstring) likely out, as well, plus safety Nick Collins (back) and cornerback Charles Woodson (broken toe) are playing through pain. The Bucs, though, will be missing their home run wide receiver, Joey Galloway (foot sprain). Aaron Rodgers has played well, especially not forcing errant throws, and that will be important against a ball-hawking Tampa Bay defense.  Expect the Packers defense to force Brian Griese into a mistake or two.

Doug Ritchay (2-1)

Buccaneers 24, Packers 23

This could've been the Brett Favre Bowl, but the Bucs stopped short of trading for the quarterback in August. Still, this game is intriguing. Bucs quarterback Brian Griese goes up against a banged-up secondary, and how that matchup goes determines the game. Call it a hunch, but I'm going with Gruden's Bunch.

Matt Tevsh (1-2)

Buccaneers 20, Packers 17

The Buccaneers are an underrated team, and the Packers have historically struggled in Tampa. I expect another tough battle. In the end, the heat and the Bucs' defense gives the Packers fits.

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