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How the public is betting the Bucs vs. Packers in the NFC Championship

We break down the betting splits for Bucs vs. Packers in the NFC Championship in the 2021 NFL Playoffs.

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling (83) celebrates with Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams (17) during a NFL Divisional Playoff game between the Green Bay Packers and the Los Angeles Rams at Lambeau Field on January 16, 2021 in Green Bay, WI. Photo by Larry Radloff/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Green Bay Packers are set to host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Lambeau Field Sunday for the NFC Championship. So where are sports bettors going as we get closer to game time? Let’s take a look. All odds and info were provided by DraftKings Sportsbook.

Point Spread

Green Bay is favored by 3.5 points heading into their second-straight NFC title game. The Packers are receiving 79% of the bets and 75% of the handle.

Is the public right?

Yes, the public is on the right side of history. Ever since this Green Bay team lost last season in the NFC Championship game against San Francisco 49ers, they have been on a mission. Their Super Bowl mission got derailed when they played the Tampa Bay Buccaneers back in Week 6 and got humiliated. But since then, they’ve been unstoppable led by Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams. This game will not be like Week 6 as Rodgers and Co. should be able to do some damage against a Bucs’ defense that over-performed last week in the Divisional Round.

Over/Under

The point total for this Sunday afternoon contest is set at 51.5. As of now, 74% of the bets are siding with the over along with 77% of the handle.

Is the public right?

Without a doubt! Despite the high chances for snow on Sunday, both offenses should be able to move the ball in their respective ways. For the Packers, Rodgers will be looking to attack a Bucs’ defense that is allowing 246.6 passing yards per game. Green Bay’s offense put up 32 points last week against one of the best defenses in the Los Angeles Rams.

The Bucs, however, will try to lean on the running game a little bit more as they are down Antonio Brown. Without Brown, we could see Tampa use Scotty Miller, Tyler Johnson or Leonard Fournette in the passing game. Speaking of Fournette, he has played well in both of the Bucs’ playoff games. He has recorded 156 yards on 36 carries a touchdown, along with nine receptions for 83 yards and a touchdown. TB’s offense has scored 30 points in five-straight games.

Moneyline

The Packers have moneyline odds of -180, while the Bucs’ odds are coming in at +155. Out of all the moneyline bets placed for this game, Green Bay is seeing 59% of the bets and 62% of the handle.

Is the public right?

It will not be an easy game but the Packers should be able to pull out the victory over the Buccaneers. Since that Week 6 loss to Tampa, Aaron Rodgers has been playing like the league MVP with multiple games of three or more touchdown passes. He’ll definitely want to prove that performance earlier in the season was anomaly and nothing more.

However, we should also expect Brady to play well too in yet another championship game performance. The bigger question at hand will be can the Bucs’ offensive line protect Brady? Last week, we saw them use tight end Rob Gronkowski a lot to help slow down the Saints pass rush. If Tampa has to do that then it takes another pass catcher away from the veteran quarterback. Nevertheless, it should be a good game and likely come down to the final minutes of the fourth quarter.

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