The Packers return home after a win over the Buccaneers to face the Patriots, who dropped to 1-2 after a home loss to the Ravens. The last time the teams met in 2018, Tom Brady was still slinging the ball for the Patriots, who won by the score of 31-17.
Green Bay enters just 27th in scoring at 16 points per game. Aaron Rodgers remains very accurate, completing 72 percent of his passes, but for only 228 yards per game with four touchdowns and two interceptions. Sammy Watkins leads the team with 18.5 yards per reception, but he is on the injured list. Romeo Doubs and Robert Tonyan lead the team with a combined 25 receptions, but for under 10 yards per catch. This leaves the Packers with not much of a vertical passing game. On the ground, Aaron Jones has been shredding defenses, averaging 6.8 yards on 32 attempts.
Defensively, the Packers have been tough against the pass, allowing only 189 yards per game and stingy in points allowed, ranked 6th at 15 per game. Rashan Gary, Preston Smith, and Kenny Clark have all seven of the team’s sacks. Jaire Alexander has the lone interception and the Packers are just –2 in turnover differential.
A Look at the Patriots So Far This Season
The Patriots are ranked 25th in scoring at 16.7 points per game. Quarterback Mac Jones has completed over 66 percent of his passes but has been intercepted five times and is dealing with an ankle injury. Jakobi Meyers and Nelson Agholor have combined for 24 receptions, while DaVante Parker has shown to be a deep threat, averaging 27.5 yards on six receptions. On the ground, the Patriots have shown a balanced attack with Damien Harris and Rhamandre Stevenson, averaging nearly five yards per game combined.
Defensively, the Patriots are 22nd in points allowed at 23.7 points per game, but have only given up 315 yards per game. The Packers offensive line has to account for Deatrich Wise Jr. and Matthew Judon, who have combined for seven sacks. Jalen Mills and Jonathan Jones have accounted for the team’s two interceptions. Much like the Packers, the Patriots have been losing the turnover battle and are -4 in turnover differential.
Packers vs Patriots Odds
After opening at 5-point favorites, the Packers are now 9.5-point favorites.
Not our Modus Operandi right now, but DB pressures could come into play for the #packers this week, especially against a rookie LG and backup QB. More on the #ONMYBLOCK preview show tomorrow! #gopackgo #nfl #patriots #packernation #oline #patriotfans pic.twitter.com/NrWk0vzOTM
— Michael Wahle (@MikeWahle68) September 28, 2022
Patriots coach Bill Belichick, well-regarded for his knowledge of NFL history, went out of his way to talk about #Packers legend Cecil Isbell in his Wednesday news conference.
Isbell was a senior-committee finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. pic.twitter.com/S1a9t4gYEl
— Wes Hodkiewicz (@WesHod) September 28, 2022
Defense, we-fense & prepping for the Patriots.
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— Green Bay Packers (@packers) September 28, 2022
Sunday’s game against the Patriots marks the first of 4 winnable games for the Packers. I’d focus on getting the ball to Romeo Doubs and Christian Watson over the next month. In November the schedule gets dicey starting with a road game in Buffalo. We’ll need the young WR’s up to speed. The time is now….
Rodgers just beat Brady, all the Packer games are potentially….winnable.
A lot has been said about the Packer defense being tier 1 in the NFL.
That may or may not be true, but they are off to a good start.
Here’s the rub, here’s my first thought…
IT’S ABOUT FUCKING TIME…ISN’T IT?
This is pretty damn simple…..
Lets see…..how long have the Green Bay Packers been trying to improve the defense?
How many resources have been spent on this defense over the years?
What clues are out there?
Maybe…..Picking 12 first round draft picks on defensive players since 2012?
During that same time…1 offensive player has been picked in the 1st round, his name is Jordan Love.
Do i need to explain Love’s contributions since he’s been drafted? Fine, i’ll simple it up…
One notch above nothing.
Plus, he also cost us a 4th rounder.
But according to Gute (cough)…he’s the future.(cough)
Back to the defense…..On top of most the 1st and 2nd round picks being devoted to defense…
Gute decides to spend 182 million….the majority of that money, on…can anyone guess?
YES!!…. more defensive players.
So if we finally have a defense we can be proud of…fantastic!!
But the cost was a lot of failed 1st round picks, a lot of money, and a lot of ignoring the passing game.
Note: it’s one thing to ignore the passing game, but when you have a HOF QB under center?
That’s just fucking stupid!!
In denial? Need proof?
If seeing it in front of your eyes ….isn’t enough….
Go look up Packer wide receivers in the NFL rankings
Go look up Packer tight ends in NFL rankings
So after more than a decade, we FINALLY have a better defense…..?
But at what cost…time, dissension amongst the team and QB, money,..and a bankrupt receiving room (wr’s and tight ends)
On the bright side he said sarcastically……we have a HOF QB to hand the ball off to our rb’s.
In the mean time…..anybody who knows anything about NFL football…KNOWS…that the Packers entered this season with basically an empty shelf of pass catchers….so to find our passing game amongst the worst in the NFL should come as no surprise to anyone.
So if the defense is in fact improved…at the end of the day what did the Packers finally accomplish?
We finally fixed one problem on the team, but while doing so…..created another problem on the team.
So are we ahead, behind, or is it a push?
The fuck if i know.
But hey….at least we have Jordan Love.
Are you crying like a little girl again Kevin? All those defensive draft picks, all that FA money, heavily contributed to three division titles, two trips to the NFCC game, and 39 wins over the last three seasons. The executive board was so impressed they told Mark Murphy to give Brian Gutekunst a 5 year contract extension. “But at what cost?” you whine. “The WR’s are just an awful mess!” Yes Kevin, they were so bad Aaron Rodgers won back to back MVP awards with them. Then there’s Jordan Love who cost us an additional back breaking 4th round draft pick. Still cheaper than Justin Fields and Trey Lance. With neither team getting much of a return on their QB investment. And both could have had Jordan Love for a fraction of the cost. He may not be any better but he certainly won’t be any worse. This is just another attempt to blame management for Rodgers playoff failures.
Gutenkunst got a 5 year extension because HE won 39 games.
But only Rodgers is to blame for playoff losses.
Tommi has no understanding or clue, when the subject of a weak core of pass receivers is brought up (absolutely clueless).
Tommi believes that Jordan Love only cost the Packers a 4th round pick.
When in reality, he cost a 1st and a 4th round pick, and MORE importantly…the addition of talent that those 2 draft choices could have brought….ON THE FIELD since 2020.
What might be worse, is that Tommi won’t admit that it was a galactically stupid move.
Even though, stupidity, is Tommi’s wheelhouse.
Tommi thinks it wasn’t that bad that Gute wasted those picks on Jordan Love…simply because he thinks two other teams did the same thing…..so it’s ok…..🙄
Lest we judge Tommi too harshly, we should always remember….
Being stupid, is not a sin.
Carry on Princess, we’re all rooting for you.
I don’t disagree with that at all.
All I want to say about it is, could you imagine if you had typed that all out and then received – Nonce Verification Failed? Jus’ sayin’
Thanks for the fix there Jason.
Hell yea i could imagine, as i’ve done it enough times in the past.
Hence, the reason why some of my past follow up post had a certain degree of attitude. 😖