Every once in a while, a quarterback matchup captivates the NFL’s fandom. In days of yore, Brett Favre vs. Steve Young might have done it. Tom Brady vs. Peyton Manning seemed to be a matchup that took place every year. In the last year or two, Patrick Mahomes vs. Lamar Jackson has become a prominent rivalry.
One QB storyline that has only been played a few times is Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady. With the two in opposite conferences, there have been limited opportunities to see the two future Hall of Famers’ teams play one another. Furthermore, Rodgers was sidelined with a concussion the first time that he was scheduled to start against Brady’s Patriots back in 2010, so the only two meetings with both quarterbacks starting came in 2014 and 2018, with each man winning once.
Of course, this game is not just QB vs. QB, as Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams observed this week. Thankfully for the Packers, they appear on track to get several members of Rodgers’ supporting cast back, including Adams and defensive tackle Kenny Clark.
But the Rodgers-Brady storyline is surely one reason why this game is a national broadcast, despite not taking place in prime time. Here’s your game primer for Sunday’s top matchup.
Green Bay Packers (4-0) vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-2)
Sunday, October 18, 2020
4:25 PM Eastern Time (3:25 PM Central)
Raymond James Stadium
Commentators: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews
Packers Radio Network
Sirius 83/XM 385
NFL app & Yahoo Sports app
FOX Sports Go
Point spread: Packers favored by 1 point
Over/under total: 55
Week 13 2017: @Packers 26, Buccaneers 20 (OT)
All-Time Head-to-Head Record
Regular season: Packers lead 32-21-1
Postseason: Packers lead 1-0