NFC Conference Championship Preview: Bucs vs Packers
We get to watch a matchup of arguably the best two quarterbacks to ever play football on Sunday in the NFC Championship game. Lets take a look at what each team needs to do in order to earn a trip to Super Bowl LV.
What the Bucs need to win:
With a win on Sunday, the Buccaneers would become the first team in NFL history to play in their home stadium in the Super Bowl. It wont be easy, as Tom Brady and the Bucs will have to march into a cold Lambeau Field and knock off league MVP Aaron Rodgers. The Bucs did beat another quarterback legend last week, Drew Brees, and will need a similar defensive game plan. Just like the Saints, the Packers have a #1 wideout in Davante Adams. Last week the Tampa defense held WR Michael Thomas to no catches! They will need to control Adams if they want any chance of slowing down the Green Bay offense. On the offensive side of the football its simple for the Bucs. The success of their offense has been obvious, when the offensive line protects Brady (like last week) the Buccaneers will win the game. If DE Za'Darius Smith can get pressure on Brady, this game will become a blow out in favor of the home team.
What the Packers need to win;
Similarly to the Buccaneers, the offense of the Packers relies heavily on keeping Rodgers clean and off the ground. The Green Bay offense tore up every defense put in front of them this season except for one glaring issue, week 5 against Tampa Bay. Aaron Rodgers had easily his worst game of the season, only throwing for 160 yards and was sacked 5 times. It was the only game of the season Rodgers didn't throw a touchdown pass. The offensive line will need to pass block exceptionally, while also still creating holes for RB Aaron Jones to keep the offense from becoming one dimensional. The Packers defense on the other hand, will need to do what they did last week against the Rams. The defense and all pro selection Za'Darius Smith produced 4 sacks and knocked down the quarterback 7 times. The weakness of Tom Brady has never changed.....Pressure. Pressure. Pressure.
I don't think Tom Brady and the Buccaneers offense has the fire power to keep up with Aaron Rodgers and the Packers offense. There is no way Rodgers has another bad game, especially at home in Lambeau in front of a good amount of fans. I know, I always say don't bet against Brady, but here I am. Packers win 34-24.