After a 30-20 victory over the New Orleans Saints in the divisional round of the 2021 playoffs, the Buccaneers now set their sights to Green Bay to face MVP candidate Aaron Rodgers and a high chemistry Packers team. While Brady and the Bucs toppled the Green Bay Packers in a week 6 38-10 upset (arguable), the teams are wildly different, now.
The Packers finished their season 13-3, clinching the top seed in the NFC playoffs and the first-round bye going into the postseason, and it seems to have benefited them immensely. The Packers crushed the Rams 38-12 in Green Bay, securing another week of post-season home-field advantage. So here we look at what that term really means. To no one’s surprise, the weather in Green Bay at any point of the year is far more favorable than in Tampa Bay, where teams typically face hot temperatures even in September.
The Buccaneers won’t have a large enough freezer to practice in to simulate the cold weather projected in Green Bay, which is sitting at a high of 29 on Sunday with a chance of snow. The Buccaneers will practice in temps in the low 70’s until they fly out.
So to the topic at hand: Will it affect the Bucs? Probably not. Leaders and veterans Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski both have prominent careers thriving in cold-weather football. Brady, unsurprisingly, has a reputation of being one of the best cold weather quarterbacks in football. No doubt these guys will gladly share the info they’ve needed to thrive in January football. While the initial chill will be a shock when they step out of the locker room, the warm-ups, layering, and preparation will be there to prepare the Buccaneers for a showdown. There will be significant challenges, but the cold weather won’t be one.