Packers vs. Buccaneers: 5 bold predictions for Week 3

Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones at Lambeau Field. (Imagn Images photo pool)
Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones at Lambeau Field. (Imagn Images photo pool) /
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Green Bay Packers linebacker Preston Smith (91) and Justin Fields (1) at Lambeau Field in Green Bay. (Imagn Images photo pool) /

4. Packers OLB Preston Smith will log 3 sacks vs. the Buccaneers

Outside linebacker Preston Smith has been a mainstay of the Packers’ defense since signing as a free agent in 2019. In 50 games with Green Bay, the former Washington Commander has tallied 27 sacks. Last season alone, he had nine and he’s already registered two in 2022.

Despite the fact that defensive lineman Kenny Clark’s availability is in question for Week 3, Smith should be able to thrive against a depleted Buccaneers’ offensive line. Tom Brady has only been sacked three times this season but Smith will prove to be hard to handle and will take him down three times. As a bonus, fellow outside linebacker Rashan Perry will also register a couple of sacks.

3. Packers RB Aaron Jones will have 150+ yards, 2 TDs in Week 3

Running back Aaron Jones is averaging a jaw-dropping 9.1 yards per carry in 2022 and has toted the rock a combined 20 times for 181 yards in the last two games. That kind of production is not sustainable but he should still find success plowing through opposing defenses the rest of the year.

Tampa Bay’s defense ranks ninth in the league in rushing allowed. On top of that, they haven’t given up a single rushing touchdown in 2022. Then again, it’s only been two weeks and that stat line would be impressive near the end of the season, not two weeks in.

Expect Jones to have another monster game against the Bucs and rack up more than 150 rushing yards and a couple of touchdowns.