New week, another NFL power.
The road doesn’t get any easier after the deflating loss last Sunday in Los Angeles, where Green Bay faltered down the stretch in a 29-27 loss to the undefeated Rams.
It’s been an interesting week in the NFL’s smallest market.
Just before the trade deadline, the Packers dealt running back Ty Montgomery to Baltimore for a seventh-round draft pick after he ran out the kickoff, defying the coaches’ orders to take a knee, and subsequently fumbled. The Rams recovered and Aaron Rodgers and the offense never had the chance for one last chance to pull out a win.
Green Bay also traded former first-round draft pick Ha Ha Clinton-Dix to the Washington Redskins, getting a fourth-rounder in return before. It was a wise move to get a player for Clinton-Dix before he hit the free-agent market at the end of the season.
The void at safety will be filled by veteran Tramon Williams, who played the position in Cleveland portions of the last two seasons.
The match-up with England on Sunday night features a match-up of future Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterbacks—the NFL’s two marquee stars who transcend their teams and sport.
“This is a great team and they have a great quarterback–it’s a good test,” Brady said of the Packers and Rodgers during his press conference Friday. “We can’t have anything less than our best.”
The Patriots, 6-2, are undefeated at home (4-0) this season.
The Packers overall are healthy coming off a physical contest with the Rams, with just four players listed as questionable or doubtful for Sunday’s game on Friday’s injury report.
WR Geronimo Allison, hamstring/groin is listed as doubtful, while WR Randall Cobb (hamstring), LB Nick Perry (ankle), and S Equanimeous St. Brown (back) are questionable.
Coming off a division victory at Buffalo Monday night, New England listed 17 players on its injury report this afternoon.
Thirteen players are questionable, including TE Rob Gronkowski (ankle/back), WR Julian Edelman (ankle), WR Josh Gordon (hamstring), and LB Dont’a Hightower.
Week 9 NFL Picks
Green Bay must avoid offensive and special teams lapses to challenge Brady and Patriots offense that averages 30+ ppg. New England, 6-2, is undefeated at home (4-0) this season.
Patriots 37, Packers 34