Ranking Packers’ four possible divisional round opponents

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1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Packers’ worst performance of the season came in Week 6 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. A fast start and 10-0 lead quickly evaporated as the Packers allowed 38 unanswered points and left Tampa with a lot of questions to answer.

For the Packers to return to Raymond James Stadium in February, they might first need to defeat the team that plays their home games there.

Perhaps the only time Aaron Rodgers hasn’t looked like an MVP this season was against the Bucs. He didn’t throw a touchdown in the game and was sacked four times. One of the rare bad performances by the offensive line.

Playing in Lambeau would provide a different type of game.

Conditions couldn’t be much more than different than a hot day in Florida. If there’s snow or rain, it won’t be as easy for the Bucs’ pass rush.

It’s also fair to expect the Packers not to play as badly as they did in that game. But the Bucs match up well with the Packers. They’ve proven their defense can answer what Green Bay’s offense throws at them, while having playmakers on offense to put up points.

Green Bay would improve from its Week 6 performance, but this would be a heavyweight battle between two teams with Super Bowl ambitions. Of all the potential divisional round matchups, a rematch with Tom Brady and the Bucs might be the toughest for the Packers.

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