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What to Watch For: Packers vs Patriots

05 November 2018
What to Watch For: Packers vs Patriots

Packers safety Jermaine Whitehead has been ejected from Green Bay's game against the New England Patriots.

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"I enjoy competing against great players", Rodgers said, "and obviously Tom is right at the top".

In a straight-up, pick'em format, their proprietary computer model went 176-80 last season and beat over 95 percent of CBS Office Pool players in 2016 and '17, performing better than 98 percent of experts tracked by during that span. I have a ton of respect for the way they're run, what they do, how they do it and how consistently they've done it. Nevertheless, they will not need the run game this week. Near the end of the third quarter, Valdes-Scantling out-jumped J.C. Jackson for a hard grab along the visitors' sideline, picking up 24 yards on a third-and-1. Devin McCourty gets in Rodgers' face on yet another third down, and Rodgers throws it nowhere near Equanimeous St.

The Packers are forced to punt with about 30 seconds left to go.

Mike Daniels ends the Patriots drive with a sack of Tom Brady. It's doubtful Green Bay is giving up as it has Aaron Rodgers and when you have Rodgers, you always have a chance. However the disparity in rankings is seen more in points scored on offense, where the Patriots are ranked fourth in the league and the Packers are ranked 13th.

It began with a giveaway gift to the still-perfect Rams at Los Angeles and continues with three of next four being played at night and on the road, starting with one in New England. But Aaron Rodgers follows that up with a roll-out and a five-yard completion to Randall Cobb for a first down.

"Aaron Rodgers seems to be a sensitive sort with a very healthy ego - he deserves it - but I think that it'd be very interesting to see him try to deal with Belichick's style of coaching". They returned last week but Valdes-Scantling still caught a touchdown pass, his second in three games. Stephon Gilmore breaks up a pass intended for Davante Adams in the end zone.

The Packers are a Ty Montgomery fumble, Mason Crosby kicking meltdown and questionable Clay Matthews roughing penalty away from being 6-1 instead of 3-3-1. Jonathan Jones nearly blocked the kick.

Brady goes deep to Josh Gordon and then pulls off a flea flicker to Edelman. The go-ahead touchdown - a James White 1-yard run - came following a turnover and was set up by a double-pass, Julian Edelman to White. The Packers defeated the Patriots 35-21 in Super Bowl XXXI. New England is a 5.5-point favorite in the current Patriots vs. Packers odds, down from the opening line of -6.5.