Rodgers-Brady a spicy prime-time matchup in NFL's Week 9

Lynette Rowe
November 5, 2018

The Green Bay Packers travel to New England for a battle with the Patriots this weekend as they look to bounce back from their letdown against the Los Angeles Rams.

The New England Patriots win this one 38-31 as a key Green Bay turnover will be the difference in the game. All eyes will be on the quarterback matchup between Rodgers and Tom Brady, two guys who will go down in history as two of the best to ever play the position.New England is now laying -5 points to the visiting Packers.

The main attraction, of course, will be the two pivots, as Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady will share the same field as combatants for just the second time in each of their soon-to-be Hall of Fame careers. On that occasion the Packers won 26-21. They have flashed signs of brilliance, but have been lethargic at times as well. If they can hang with the Rams on the road then they should be able to keep pace with Brady and company.

Gronkowski has 448 yards and a score this season, while Michel leads the team with 422 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns.

The Chiefs average a league-high 36.3 points per game and Patrick Mahomes has been putting up eye-popping numbers. Rodgers recognized the Cover-0 and connected with rookie receiver Marques Valdes-Scantling for a 51-yard gain.

Why get rid of someone who is helping make that happen?

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Both teams are going to be looking to prove a point this week.

Rivers will start in his 200th straight game, becoming just the 10th player since the merger in 1970 with such a streak. The 35-year-old Fitzpatrick threw for over 400 yards in each of the first three games, and had 11 touchdowns in that span with four interceptions before giving way to Winston. After the game, this post will turn into a takeaways-style recap. No one is going to miss Ty Montgomery, but the got rid of one of their better defenders in Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.

Pettine has stopped opposing running backs out of the backfield recently by treating them as receivers when choosing coverage matchups. That has been the case most of this season. Aaron Rodgers almost handed the Rams their first loss last week.

"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".

Patriots running back James White briefly exited in the second quarter with an apparent left leg injury.

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