With just four games left in the season, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are in a position almost nobody expected them in before the season.
A team that was supposed to tank for a top draft pick and begin a rebuild is leading the NFC South and on the brink of a three-game winning streak. The Bucs have one of the clearest paths to the playoffs in the entire league and can take another giant leap toward quieting the doubters with a win in Green Bay on Sunday.
It's been an ugly season, but despite a 1-6 stretch after the bye week the Bucs are just a win away from getting back to .500. Things still feel firmly on the brink, as the team remains equal distance away from hosting a home playoff game as it is firing everyone and starting over this offseason.
Sunday's game in Green Bay will go a long way in telling us which direction the team will take, as more than just a playoff spot seems to be on the line.
Buccaneers vs. Packers start time and location
Kickoff is scheduled for 1 pm ET on Sunday, December 17th. It's a road game in Green Bay, which seems like a daunting task given that it's December, but things aren't as brutal as they might seem. It wasn't that long ago that cold weather seemed to be a death sentence for the Bucs, but Tampa Bay is 4-1 in open-air games with temperatures below 50 degrees since the start of the 2020 season.
Temps at gametime are expected to be in the low-40s, so take that for what it's worth.
How to watch Buccaneers vs. Packers Week 15
For the fourth straight week the Bucs will be playing a game that is broadcast on CBS. It's been since the 49ers game back in Week 11 that the team has played in a FOX game, a streak that will end after this week.
- Date: Sunday, December 17th
- Start Time: 1 pm ET
- TV Channel: CBS
- Announcers: Andrew Catalon, Tiki Barber, Matt Ryan
- Live Stream: NFL Sunday Ticket | Fubo
It's a bit weird, though, to see such a classic NFC matchup airing on CBS but thus is the nature of the new television rights era.
How to listen to Buccaneers vs. Packers game
While the game is being broadcast to most of the country as part of the early CBS slate of games -- reaching more homes than the Chiefs-Patriots game -- listening on the radio remains a pretty decent way to take in a game.
Gene Deckerhoff is a legend, and his calls remain some of the best in the game. Hopefully there are more than a few good ones on Sunday in Green Bay, and fans can tune into WXTB 97.9 FM in the Tampa area to hear the broadcast.
There are more options than just the Bucs flagship station, though, and you can check out more radio affiliates here.