The New England Patriots are currently standing at 6-2 on the season and will be looking to stretch their win total to seven this weekend with a home game against the Green Bay Packers. They are 3-3-1 so far, with a niggling injury to Aaron Rodgers having an effect on their play. The NFC North is very tight at the moment, and the Packers will know they can still finish top with a strong finish.
It is impossible to talk about this game without mentioning the matchup between Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers. Two of the finest quarterbacks the game has produced for us are going head to head here, and both will want to be the one who comes out on top. Brady has a great ability to make players around him play better, and there is no bigger advertisement for that than James White this season, who has stepped up to score eight touchdowns for his team so far.
Rodgers has been dealing with a knee injury pretty much the entire season, but when adversity comes, Rodgers brings out the best in himself. How many of Aaron Rodgers’ best plays this season have come with him pretty much stood on one leg? He is an incredible talent and a very resilient person who deserves a huge amount of credit for playing through the pain barrier week after week.
As far as this game goes, the Patriots come here in great form and they have to be fancied. They have won their last five games and last weekend saw them comfortable take apart the Buffalo Bills by a scoreline of 25-6. This Patriots team looks to be the real deal once more, and they are certainly the bet in this one.
The Packers have been involved in a lot of high scoring games this season as their defence struggles to keep the scoreboard down. Aaron Rodgers has bailed them out on many occasions but he couldn’t keep up with Jared Goff last weekend, in a game the Packers lost 29-27. I see exactly the same pattern forming here, Green Bay will score plenty, and this will be a high scoring game but ultimately Rodgers will not be able to keep up with Brady, and Tom will send the Patriots to victory.
Expect points, but when we reach the end of the game, I am expecting, and backing, a New England win.