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Dope Sheet: Packers head south to Tampa

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22 Sep 2022, 18:15 GMT+10

A matchup of the top two teams in the NFC since 2020

The Green Bay Packers go back on the road to take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this Sunday.

It is a matchup of the top two teams in the NFC since 2020. Green Bay has a 27-8 regular-season record (.771) over that span with Tampa Bay checking in at No. 2 with a 26-9 mark (.743).Green Bay and Tampa Bay first played in 1977 and the Packers hold a 32-22-1 (.591) edge in the regular-season series while the postseason series sits even at 1-1.The Packers and Buccaneers are facing off for the third time since 2020 (two regular season, one postseason).It is Green Bay's second visit to Tampa in three seasons (Week 6, 2020).The Packers have won three of the last four regular-season matchups.Only two of the last seven contests between the two teams have been decided by a touchdown or less.The winning team has scored 20-plus points in each of the last seven games (including postseason) and 30-plus points in five of those contests.On the road, the Packers are 13-15-1 against the Buccaneers with the teams splitting the last two contests. Tampa Bay won in 2020 and Green Bay won in 2014.This will be just the fifth time Green Bay has played at Tampa Bay in September (1984, 1992, 1996, 2008) with the Packers' only victory coming in 1996.

WITH THE CALL

FOX Sports, now in its 29th season as an NFL network television partner, will broadcast the game.

Play-by-play man Kevin Burkhardt joins analyst Greg Olsen and sideline reporters Erin Andrews and Tom Rinaldi.DIRECTV subscribers can watch the game with NFL Sunday Ticket on Channel 717.Compass Media Networks will be broadcasting on radio to a national audience with Chris Carrino (play-by-play) and Brian Baldinger (analyst) on the call and Jeff Biggs hosting pregame, halftime and postgame shows.All Packers games can be heard on the Packers Radio Network, which is made up of 49 stations in Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, Illinois and South Dakota. This year, the Packers transitioned to a new flagship station in Milwaukee, iHeartRadio Milwaukee's 97.3 The Game WRNW. For a full listing of radio affiliates, go to packers.com/video/radio-network. Wayne Larrivee (play-by-play) and two-time Packers Pro Bowler Larry McCarren (analyst) call the action. McCarren first joined the team's broadcasts in 1995 and enters his 28th season calling Packers games. After originally being paired together in 1999, McCarren and Larrivee enter their 24th season of broadcasts together. They surpassed Jim Irwin and Max McGee for the most regular-season and postseason games broadcast for the Packers with 313 at the 2018 season opener against Chicago.The Packer radio broadcast is also available via subscription on Sirius Satellite Radio or NFL Plus (nfl.com/plus).

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THE DOPE ON THIS WEEK'S OPPONENT

Packers at Buccaneers:

Regular season, all-time: 32-22-1All-time, postseason: 1-1All-time, at Raymond James Stadium (regular season): 2-8Streaks: Green Bay has won three of the last five (including playoffs).Last meeting, regular season:Oct. 8, 2020, Raymond James Stadium, Buccaneers won, 38-10

COACHES CAPSULES

Matt LaFleur: 42-14-0, .784; (2-3 postseason); 4th NFL seasonTodd Bowles: 28-41, .406; (0-0 postseason); 6th NFL seasonHead to Head: LaFleur 0-0 vs. Bowlesvs. Opponent: LaFleur 0-2 vs. Buccaneers; Bowles 0-1 vs. Packers

MATT LaFLEUR...In his fourth season as the Packers' 15th head coach.

In his 14th season in the NFL, having previously served as an offensive coordinator for two seasons (L.A. Rams, 2017; Tennessee, 2018), a quarterbacks coach for six seasons (Washington, 2010-13; Atlanta, 2015-16), and an offensive assistant for two seasons (Houston, 2008-09).In his first three seasons leading the Packers, he has authored one of the greatest starts to a head-coaching career in NFL history. With a 13-4 record in 2021, he led the Packers to a third straight NFC North crown while also earning the No. 1 seed in the NFC for the second consecutive season.Became the first coach in NFL history to post 13-plus wins in three straight seasons and his 39 wins from 2019-21 passed George Seifert (38) for the most wins by an NFL head coach in his first three seasons in the league (Elias Sports Bureau). His 39 wins are also tied for the second most by a coach over any three-season span in league history, trailing only Mike Ditka's 40 wins with the Chicago Bears from 1985-87 (Elias).Has guided the Packers to a 22-2 record (.917) in the regular season at Lambeau Field, the top home mark in the NFL from 2019-21 and the best home winning percentage by a Packers head coach in his first three seasons.In his first season leading the Packers in 2019, became the first coach in club history to lead the team to the playoffs in his debut season. Also led the largest one-year win improvement in team history (plus-seven wins).

TODD BOWLES...In his first season as the Buccaneers' 13th head coach.

Promoted to head coach following three seasons as Tampa Bay's defensive coordinator.From 2019-2021, Tampa Bay ranked third in the league in takeaways (82) and third in sacks (142), joining the Pittsburgh Steelers as the only teams to place in the top five of both categories. In addition to the sacks and takeaways under his guidance as defensive coordinator, the Buccaneers ranked first in rushing yards allowed per game (82.5), first in rushing yards per attempt (3.72), first in QB hits (352), first in defensive fumble recoveries (37), first in passes defensed (241), second in strip sacks (26), third in tackles for a loss (262) and fourth in forced fumbles (52).In 2021, led a defense that finished first in the NFL in QB hits (123), third in rush defense (92.5 ypg), fifth in fewest points per game allowed (20.8), tied for fifth in takeaways (29) and was seventh in sacks (47.0).In Tampa Bay's championship season in 2020, directed a defense that led the NFL in QB hits (142), tackles for a loss (107) and takeaways (34), while tying for the league lead (including playoffs) in sacks (58.0).Joined the Buccaneers after spending four seasons as head coach of the N.Y. Jets (2015-18). Was also the Miami Dolphins' interim head coach for the final three games of the 2011 season.

This is an abbreviated version of the Dope Sheet. Read the full version here (PDF).

THE PACKERS-BUCCANEERS SERIES

Sunday will be the 58th overall meeting between these former NFC Central rivals (including postseason). They launched the series in 1977 when the expansion Buccaneers moved to the Packers' division after an inaugural 1976 campaign in the AFC West.From the second meeting in 1992 through the first meeting in 1998, the Packers won 12 of 13 contests with the Bucs' lone win in that stretch coming in overtime (Dec. 10, 1995).The largest margin of victory in the series came on Oct. 2, 1983, when Green Bay defeated Tampa Bay, 55-14.

NOTABLE CONNECTIONS

Packers defensive coordinator Joe Barry served as the linebackers coach for Tampa Bay from 2001-06 and again in 2009...Packers special teams coordinator Rich Basaccia was on the Buccaneers' coaching staff for nine seasons (special teams coordinator, 2002-07; associate head coach/special teams coordinator/running backs, 2008; associate head coach/special teams coordinator, 2009-10)...Packers defensive backs/passing game coordinator Jerry Gray played one season as a defensive back for the Buccaneers in 1993...Packers special teams quality control coach Micheal Spurlock played wide receiver for Tampa Bay in 2007 and 2009-11...Packers assistant special teams coach Byron Storer played fullback for the Buccaneers in 2007-08 and served as an assistant special teams coach for Tampa Bay in 2010-11... Packers coaching assistant Quinshon Odom is from Lakeland, Fla. ...Packers WR Christian Watson attended H.B. Plant High School in Tampa, Fla. ...Other Packers players with connections to Florida include: LB De'Vondre Campbell (Fort Myers), DL Jonathan Ford (Fort Lauderdale, University of Miami), LB Jonathan Garvin (Lake Worth, University of Miami), CB Shemar Jean-Charles (Miramar), P Pat O'Donnell (Lake Worth, University of Miami), DL T.J. Slaton (Plantation, University of Florida) and WR Sammy Watkins (Fort Myers)...Buccaneers head coach Todd Bowles spent two years (1995-96) as a college scouting assistant for the Packers...Packers wide receivers/passing game coordinator Jason Vrable was an offensive assistant on Bowles' staff with the N.Y. Jets from 2017-18...Buccaneers OL Luke Goedeke attended Valders (Wis.) High School and began his collegiate career at Wisconsin-Stevens Point...Buccaneers LS Zach Triner spent time with the Packers late in the 2017 season and during the 2018 offseason...Buccaneers outside linebackers coach Bob Sanders served as the defensive ends coach for Green Bay in 2005 and as the defensive coordinator from 2006-2008...Buccaneers WR Julio Jones, S Keanu Neal and Packers LB De'Vondre Campbell all played for Atlanta from 2016-2019 and Packers head coach Matt LaFleur was on the Falcons' staff in 2016...LaFleur coached for the Falcons in 2015-16 when Buccaneers special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong held the same position with Atlanta...Campbell also played with Buccaneers WR Russell Gage from 2018-19...Packers S Adrian Amos and P Pat O'Donnelland Buccaneers DL Akiem Hicks were teammates in Chicago...Buccaneers QB Blaine Gabbert and Packers TE Marcedes Lewis played together in Jacksonville from 2011-13...Gabbert played for the Titans in 2018 when LaFleur served as Tennessee's offensive coordinator...Lewis also played with Buccaneers RB Leonard Fournette in Jacksonville in 2017 and with Buccaneers offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich with the Jaguars in 2006...Barry and Bisaccia were both on the Buccaneers' staff in 2009 when Leftwich played for Tampa Bay..Packers director of player engagement Grey Ruegamer and Buccaneers QB Tom Brady were teammates with the New England Patriots from 2000-02...Former college teammates include: Buccaneers QB Kyle Trask and Packers DL T.J. Slaton (Florida); Buccaneers P Jake Camarada and Packers CB Eric Stokes, LB Quay Walker and DL Devonte Wyatt (Georgia); Buccaneers WR Chris Godwin, DL Carl Nassib, OL Donovan Smith and Packers S Adrian Amos (Penn State); Buccaneers CB Carlton Davis III and CB Jamel Dean and Packers S Rudy Ford (Auburn); and Buccaneers LB Kenny Young and Packers DL Kenny Clark (UCLA)...Packers vice president of communications Jason Wahlers spent nine seasons (2002-10) with the Buccaneers' public relations department.

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