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NFL Week 13 Preview: Buccaneers at Packers

Nov 26, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans (13) is tackled by Atlanta Falcons cornerback C.J. Goodwin (29) in the second quarter at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers visit the Green Bay Packers in Week 13 of the 2017 NFL season. PFF previews the top player matchups of the game.

PFFELO Ranking: 22

Coverage by: Bill O'Brien

Matchup: Tampa Bay Buccaneers offense vs. Green Bay Packers defense

Mike Evans, wide receiver, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • WR DeSean Jackson vs. CB Davon House – Buccaneers’ wide receiver DeSean Jackson is coming off a Week 12 game where he caught eight passes which was Jackson’s single-game high for the 2017 season. Jackson also has a great matchup according to PFF’s wide receiver-cornerback matchup chart and he comes into this week’s game with an overall grade of 83.6, which ranks tenth among 116 qualified wide receivers. The Packers will deploy cornerback Davon House to try to slow Jackson down. House has been a player for opposing offenses to target, as he ranks 88th out of 119 qualified cornerbacks in wide receiver rating allowed with a rating of 104.7 when targeted.
  • T Caleb Benenoch vs. Edge Nick Perry – One way the Packers can help neutralize the Buccaneers’ matchup advantages on the outside is by providing a strong pass-rush. Edge defender Nick Perry has the highest pass-rush productivity rating among Packers' edge defenders with a rating of 8.8. While Perry only rushes against opposing right tackles on 21.3 percent of his pass-rush snaps, Buccaneers tackle Caleb Benenoch could be a player that the Packers will look to exploit. Benenoch is stepping in for injured right tackle Demar Dotson, who landed on the injured reserve after sustaining a knee injury last week. On limited snaps, Benenoch has earned a pass-blocking efficiency rating of 82.7, which is a steep drop off from Dotson’s 97.6 rating.

PFFELO Ranking: 21

Coverage by: Sam McGaw

Matchup: Green Bay Packers offense vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense

Davante Adams, wide receiver, Green Bay Packers

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