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Buccaneers vs. Packers - 12/21/14 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Green Bay Packers (10-4) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-12)
Date & Time Sunday December 21, 2014, 1:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Tampa Bay Buccaneers +10 -- Over/Under: 48.5
TV Channel
FOX
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NFL | Green Bay Packers (10-4) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-12)
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The Green Bay Packers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers meet Sunday at Raymond James Stadium.

The Green Bay Packers have won five of their last six games and remain in the NFC North hunt. Aaron Rodgers is completing 64 percent of his passes for 35 touchdowns and five interceptions. Rodgers has five touchdowns and two picks in his last three games, and the Packers have 52 passing plays of 20 or more yards. Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb have combined for close to 2,400 receiving yards and 22 touchdowns while Davante Adams has eight of his 36 receptions in his last three games. The Packers ground game is averaging 4.5 yards per carry, as Eddie Lacy leads the way with 940 rushing yards and eight touchdowns. Defensively, the Green Bay Packers are allowing 23.2 points, 365.7 yards, and they’ve forced 32 sacks and 25 turnovers. Morgan Burnett leads Green Bay with 112 tackles and Clay Matthews has 7.5 sacks.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have lost nine of their last 10 games and can’t wait for the season to end. Josh McCown is completing 56.8 percent of his passes for 10 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. McCown has four total touchdowns and three picks in his last two games, and Tampa Bay has 49 passing plays of 40 or more yards. Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans have combined for more than 1,800 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns while Louis Murphy has 10 of his 31 receptions in his last four games. The Buccaneers ground game is averaging 3.9 yards per carry, as Bobby Rainey leads the way with 406 rushing yards and a score. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are allowing 26.2 yards, 366.6 yards, and they’ve forced 33 sacks and 21 turnovers. Lavonte David leads Tampa Bay with 133 tackles and Johnthan Banks has four interceptions.

The Packers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games and 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss. The Buccaneers are 15-35-1 ATS in their last 51 home games and 3-11 ATS in their last 14 vs. NFC. The Packers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 meetings in Tampa Bay and 3-9 ATS in their last 12 meetings overall.

While the Bucs have owned the Packers ATS over the years, this is a bad spot for them. The Packers need this win to stay in the division hunt and will be eager to bounce back after last week's loss to Buffalo. Look for the Packers to crush Tampa Bay by at least two touchdowns. 

Pick:
Green Bay Packers -10

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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