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Week 15 Opening Odds: Packers open as favorites against the Buccaneers

Green Bay’s former NFC Central rival will come to town as the underdogs on Sunday.

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are traveling to play the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field this week. The line set over at DraftKings has been set to favor the Packers at -3.5.

In their last contest, the Buccaneers managed to overcome the Falcons 29-25. They raised their record to 6-7, which puts them at the top of the NFC South. Should the season end today, this would have the Buccaneers as the fourth seed in the NFC with the Packers at the 7th.

The Packers just lost heartbreakingly to the Giants’ last-second field goal by Randy Bullock. While this drops them back below a .500 winning percentage, it did not affect playoff seeding due to a tie-breaker with the Rams.

Last night the Packers showed ineptitude in all three phases of the game. Gaffs on special teams, poor play by the defense, and an offense that could not get into a rhythm all attributed to the loss against a third-string QB and arguably the worst offensive line in football. While the game was played in New Jersey, chants of “Go Pack Go” were easily heard throughout the broadcast and it’s hard to attribute much to not having home-field advantage.

This has not swayed the oddsmakers much, as the Packers maintain their status as the favorites in the upcoming contest. Tampa Bay is in a similar spot to where the Giants were coming into Monday night: they have back-to-back wins against opponents who have been struggling. For both the Buccs and the Giants, these wins came after significant losing streaks.

The Packers lost their three-win streak Monday night as the Giants created their own. The oddsmakers seem to believe the Packers will not allow the Buccaneers to be the second team to do so against Green Bay.

The over/under for the points total has been set at 42 with the money line in favor of the Packers at -175. This places the Packers with an implied probability of victory at about 63. percent.