Packers: Three Bucs players they need to stop to win NFC Championship

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To beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Sunday’s NFC Championship Game, the Green Bay Packers will need to be better prepared than in their Week 6 meeting.

Like the Packers, the Buccaneers have talented players on both sides of the ball. It’s the Packers’ job to ensure their star players don’t make game-changing plays and lead their team to the Super Bowl.

If Green Bay is going to end its Super Bowl drought and return to the big game, it must stop these three players for Tampa Bay.

3. Devin White

Devin White had plenty to say after the Buccaneers’ Week 6 win, including that the Packers “didn’t deserve to be on the field with us”. To his credit, he put in a great performance as Tampa Bay dominated the game and won 38-10.

White was all over the field that afternoon, making a game-high 10 tackles, three tackles for loss, a sack, and two quarterback hits.

White finished the season with nine sacks and was named a second-team All-Pro. In the middle of Tampa Bay’s defense, he can be a real problem for Green Bay’s offense.

The Packers need to stop White putting in a similar performance this week and show him why they not only deserve to be on the field with the Bucs, but are ready to move on to the Super Bowl.

2. Carlton Davis

Carlton Davis also had a great game against the Packers earlier in the year, breaking up four passes. In fact, he’s put together an impressive season.

According to Pro Football Focus, he limited Davante Adams to just 33 yards on three catches in the first meeting. It was one of Adams’ quietest games of the year.

Adams will see a lot of Davis again this week in what should be a good matchup. If there is any snow, how will it impact the Bucs’ defense? Adams has proven already this season he has no trouble in challenging conditions.

Davis made 18 pass defenses and four interceptions in the regular season. When Adams is matched up with him, he needs to replicate his performance against Jalen Ramsey, and I have every confidence he will.

1. Tom Brady

It’s Tom Brady. He knows what it takes to win. Aiming to reach his 10th Super Bowl, the Packers need to get pressure in his face. If the defense can’t generate pressure, Brady will pick them apart.

That’s exactly what we saw in Week 6. Brady didn’t get sacked and had a clean pocket throughout the game, and he made the defense pay.

Brady threw for 4,633 yards, 40 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions in a great debut season for the Bucs.

All Brady does is win. If the Packers can’t put him under pressure early and often on Sunday, he could be heading to yet another Super Bowl.

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