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In Green Bay, in December? More on the Bucs in cold weather

Packers safety Charlie Peprah closes in on Bucs tight end Kellen Winslow during Green Bay's 35-26 victory in 2011.

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Packers safety Charlie Peprah closes in on Bucs tight end Kellen Winslow during Green Bay's 35-26 victory in 2011.

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So the Bucs are playing the Packers in Green Bay ... in December.

How cold is Lambeau Field likely to be on Dec. 3 when the Bucs play there? Last year, the Packers had a home game on Dec. 4 and at kickoff it was 32 degrees. Fahrenheit.

A few things to bring up: The Bucs haven't done well in cold weather historically -- they're 17-56 all-time (.233) when the temperature at kickoff is 49 degrees or colder, though they've won three straight games under such conditions -- at Kansas City last year, at Philadelphia in 2015 and at Washington in 2014.

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So most of the current Bucs have a winning record in sub-50 temperatures -- many don't even know the feeling of a defeat in such cold.

The Bucs have gone to Green Bay only twice since they stopped being division rivals in 2002, winning in 2005 and losing in 2011. They're 7-18 all-time at the Packers, though temperature plays a big role in that -- when it's 48 degrees or colder at kickoff, the Bucs are 1-10 at the Packers; when it's 49 or warmer, they're 6-8 all-time. Along those lines, the 2011 loss was in late November with 32-degree temperature, while the 2005 win was in September at 65 degrees.

The Bucs were fortunate to get their game at Buffalo scheduled for Oct. 22 -- the Bills played a home game on Oct. 16 last year and the temperature was an unusually pleasant 72 degrees. The folks at Weatherspark.com say it's generally between 46 and 55 on Oct. 22 in Buffalo.

If Green Bay is a familiar venue for the Bucs, Buffalo certainly isn't -- oddly, Tampa Bay has played there just once in 41 seasons, a 33-20 loss in 2009 (in September, 74 degrees), with the other nine meetings all in Tampa.

Trivia for you: The Bills are one of five NFL teams the Bucs have never beaten on the road, along with the Texans (0-2), Jaguars (0-3), Titans (0-7) and Jets (0-7).

[Last modified: Friday, April 21, 2017 9:38am]

    

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