Preview: Packers take on the Buccaneers

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The undefeated Green Bay Packers will face off against the Buccaneers in Tampa Bay on Sunday.

The Packers head into their first match-up against a Tom Brady led team since 2018, where the Packers lost 31-17.

Entering the game, the Packers sit on top of the NFC North, with the 4-1 Chicago Bears close behind. The Buccaneers also sit at first in their division, the NFC South, with New Orleans at 2-2 trailing close behind. The Saints hold the tie-breaker over the Buccaneers, having defeated Tampa Bay in Week 1.

Green Bay ranks at the top of the league in points-for, with 38 points per game. Leading the league-best offense is the 36-year-old quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

Rodgers has had a strong start to the 2020 season. The veteran former MVP has thrown for over 1,200 yards and 13 touchdowns so far through four games. On the other side, Brady has thrown for over 1,300 yards with 12 touchdowns and four interceptions. At 43 years old, the six-time Super Bowl champion is in his 20th year in the NFL.

Rodgers and Brady are widely considered to be two of the best quarterbacks in NFL history. When Brady played for the New England Patriots, the two would only pay once every four years. In Brady’s time with the Patriots, he only played against Rodgers twice, winning one and losing one to the Packers quarterback.

Now, with Brady in the NFC in Tampa Bay, a matchup against the Packers was inevitable.

Helping Rodgers from the backfield is running back Aaron Jones. Jones, with over 300 rushing yards and six total touchdowns on the season, has been an offensive weapon in 2020. The Packers will look to for production against Tampa Bay.

Leading the 15th ranked Packers defense is Za’Darius Smith. Smith, who earned Pro Bowl honors last season, leads the team with five sacks. 2020 offseason signee Christian Kirksey leads the team with 27 tackles.

Coverage

Kickoff for Sunday’s matchup against the Buccaneers is at 4:25 p.m. on FOX Sports.

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