Predicting Packers’ next four games following bye week

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Predicting the Packers’ next four games.

The Green Bay Packers‘ bye week has come to an end and they’ll now focus on maintaining their perfect start to the season.

It was a great first quarter to the season for Green Bay, but the second quarter includes a tough four-game stretch with three games on the road. How many will the Packers win in the next four?

Here are my predictions for each game:

Week 6: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

It’s a challenging start for the Packers right out of the bye week with a road game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Packers also won’t have the usual advantage that comes in the first game following the bye week. Green Bay played on Monday night in Week 4, and Tampa Bay’s last game was only three days later on Thursday night.

However, more important than anything is that the Packers have had an extra week of recovery and should get a lot of players back from injury in this game, including stars Davante Adams and Kenny Clark.

This won’t be an easy matchup on the road, but the Bucs offense shouldn’t worry the defense like many thought it would back in the summer. Tom Brady has been solid but not unstoppable, throwing for 1,375 yards and 12 touchdowns with four interceptions in his first five games.

In yards per game, Tampa Bay’s offense ranks 19th in the NFL and is 25th in rushing offense. Green Bay’s defense is better geared up to stop opposing passing attacks, so it should matchup reasonably well here. That said, if Mike Evans and Chris Godwin are healthy, there aren’t many cornerback duos in the league that could consider this a “favorable” matchup.

If there’s a concern, it’s that the Bucs’ defense is ranked second in the NFL entering Week 6. But if the Packers’ offense builds on the first quarter of the season, no defense will be able to slow them down.

Prediction: Green Bay 27, Tampa Bay 20 (5-0)