For the first time since September, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will try and string three straight wins together. Victories over the Panthers and Falcons have propelled the Bucs back into the thick of the playoff race by way of controlling the NFC South and sets up a huge matchup in Week 15 that could have even bigger ramifications on the playoff picture.
A win over the Green Bay Packers would not only keep the Bucs in first place but would position them to sneak in as a Wild Card team is things take a turn over the last three games.
Tampa Bay already has a tiebraker over the Minnesota Vikings, who are free falling down the playoff standings after a loss on Saturday in Cincinnati. That helps the Bucs playoff chances since it takes Minnesota down a peg and makes them an easier target then they were earlier this season.
Of course, the Bucs easiest path to the playoffs is to outright win the division rather than limp in as the Wild Card. Either way, Sunday's game in Green Bay will have a huge impact on just how sturdy the Bucs playoff standing is come Monday.
What channel is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers game on today? (December 17th)
For a fourth straight week the Bucs will be on CBS instead of FOX. While it's not part of a doubleheader slate, it's as close to a nationally televised game as Tampa Bay has gotten since its Thursday Night Football game in Buffalo.
Most of the country will be seeing the Bucs-Packers game, although certain markets are blacking the game out due to regional requirements. So fans in Chicago won't be able to see the game since the Bears-Browns game on FOX is forcing CBS to only air the late game instead of one airing at the same time.
- Date: Sunday, December 17th
- Start Time: 1 pm ET
- Location: Lambeau Field | Green Bay, WI
- TV Channel: CBS
- Announcers: Andrew Catalon, Tiki Barber, Matt Ryan
- Radio: WXTB 97.9 FM | More Radio Affiliates
- Live Stream: NFL Sunday Ticket | Fubo
Because of the Bucs playing the early CBS game, the only other games in the Tampa Bay market will air on FOX as part of a doubleheader slate. Kansas City and New England will air opposite the Bucs game at 1pm ET while the Cowboys-Bills game will be nationally televised in the late window.