Can Bucs catch a break against Packers?

by Gary Shelton on September 24, 2022

in general

Saturday, 4 a.m.

Mike Evans is in NFL jail.

Chris Godwin is hurt.

Cole Beasley is fresh out of the box.

Julio Jones is hurt.

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Rob Gronkowski is retired.

Antonio Brown has been called back to his home planet.

Jaelon Darden is, well, Jaelon Darden.

Do you think the cornerbacks of the Green Bay Packers are scared yet?

Perhaps the strongest-- certainly the deepest -- unit of the Tampa Ba Bucs is hobbling going into Sunday's game against the Green Bay Packers. After all the work the Bucs did to make their receivers something Tom Brady can be proud of, the Bucs are down to Scotty Miller and friends.

Will it be enough? Possibly. The Packers haven't been gangbusters so far. And the Bucs' defense has been lights out so far.

Still, it's a concern. Brady can do wonders, but he can't throw it and catch it. Which means the Packers can load up against the run and dare Brady to throw it deep.

It's odd. Two of the missing receivers -- even one -- could make a world of difference in this game against Aaron Rodgers. Just a suspicion, but the day will belong to Green Bay.

Prediction: Green Bay 24, Tampa Bay 21.

In other NFL games:

Kansas City 30, Indianapolis 21.

Buffalo 24, Miami 20.

New England 20, Baltimore 17.

Seattle 24, Atlanta 17.

New Orleans 20, Carolina 7.

And in the college games:

Louisville 24, USF 17.

Tennessee 24, Florida 13.

North Carolina 23, Notre Dame 10.

FSU 17, Boston College 14.

Miami 26, Middle Tennessee State 14.

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