The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will try to clamp down on the potent Green Bay Packers on Sunday when they meet in the 2021 NFC Championship Game at Lambeau Field. The Buccaneers (13-5) finished the regular season sixth in yards allowed (327.1 yards per game), including first in run defense (80.6 yards) and eighth in points allowed (22.2). The Packers (14-3), meanwhile, were ninth in yards allowed (334) and 13th in points allowed (23.1). Tampa Bay won the regular-season game between these teams 38-10, but Green Bay has won three of the past four meetings.
Kickoff is set for 3:05 p.m. ET. The Packers are 3.5-point favorites in the latest Packers vs. Buccaneers odds from William Hill Sportsbook, while the over-under for total points scored is 52.5, continuing to rise ahead of kickoff. Before making any Buccaneers vs. Packers picks, make sure you see the NFL predictions and betting advice from SportsLine's R.J. White, given the success he's had picking Green Bay games.
CBS Sports' Fantasy and gambling editor, White is currently SportsLine's No. 1 NFL expert, entering Championship Weekend on an 80-56 run on all NFL picks, returning over $1700 during that span. Furthermore, he's had his finger on the pulse of the Packers, also entering this matchup on a sizzling 42-11 run on spread picks involving Green Bay, returning $2,952.
It's no surprise, as White has cashed huge twice in the world's most prestigious football handicapping competition, the Las Vegas SuperContest. Anyone who has followed him is way up.
- Packers vs. Buccaneers spread: Packers -3.5
- Packers vs. Buccaneers over-under: 52.5 points
- Packers vs. Buccaneers money line: Buccaneers +155, Packers -175
- TB: Has won a team-record seven straight road games
- GB: Is making its fourth NFC Championship Game appearance since 2014
Why the Packers can cover
Wide receiver Davante Adams continues to chew up opposing secondaries, leading the league with 18 touchdown receptions, tied for third-most in a single season in NFL history despite missing two games. Adams tied for second in receptions with 115 and tied for fifth in receiving yards (1,374). He became the fourth wide receiver with 110 or more receptions and 15 or more receiving TDs in a single season, joining Cris Carter, Randy Moss and Jerry Rice.
Adams has five receiving touchdowns in four career postseason home games and is looking for his fifth home playoff game in a row with a touchdown catch.
Also playing well is wide receiver Allen Lazard, who led the Packers with 96 receiving yards and a touchdown in last week's NFC divisional round win over the Rams. He had six explosive plays of 20 yards or more during the regular season and converted 23 first downs.
Why the Buccaneers can cover
Linebacker Lavonte David will shoot for another eye-popping game against the Packers. In the Week 6 matchup, he had eight tackles and 1.5 sacks. Since 2013, he has 24 forced fumbles, tied for the second-most in the league. David leads Tampa Bay in postseason tackles with 16 after finishing second during the regular season with 117.
Also powering the defense is linebacker Devin White, who had 11 tackles, an interception and a fumble recovery in last week's divisional round win at New Orleans. White had one sack in his last game against the Packers. He was also the first player since 2000 to have 140 tackles and nine sacks during the regular season. He has posted double-digit tackles in the last three games and nine this season, including the playoffs.
How to make Packers vs. Buccaneers picks
White has analyzed this matchup, and while he's leaning over on the total, he has discovered a critical X-factor that has him jumping all over one side of the spread. He's only sharing it here.
So who wins Buccaneers vs. Packers in the NFL Playoffs 2021? And what critical X-factor makes one side of the spread a must-back? Visit SportsLine now to find out which side of the Buccaneers vs. Packers spread you need to jump on Sunday, all from the expert who's 42-11 on picks against the spread involving Green Bay.