Green Bay Packers vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Green Bay Packers, long-time former NFC Central foes, each had new head coaches in 2019 and each showed clear improvement. It was a more dramatic jump for the Packers, however, as they went from 6-9-1 in Mike McCarthy's last year at the helm to 13-3 and a spot in the NFC Championship Game in Matt LaFleur's debut campaign.
The Buccaneers climbed from 5-11 to 7-9 under Bruce Arians and showed particular improvement in the season's second half, especially on defense. The team felt as it if had enough promise and roster talent to go all-in with the signing of Tom Brady, the trade for Rob Gronkowski and a cap-stretching commitment to keep its defensive front intact. Will the Buccaneers be able to make the jump to the next level? For that matter, will the Packers be able to stay at the level they reached last year? Or could these two teams meet in the middle somewhere?