What looked like to be a great game might not be anymore. Aaron Rodgers’ status officially is doubtful with a concussion. The Patriots are playing the Green Bay Packers this Sunday night on national TV but without Aaron Rodgers, it should not be much of a game. This should be an easy victory for the Patriots as long as they prepare correctly. The Packers are a solid team and do have a good defense, but without their star player, they are going to struggle offensively.
The Patriots need to do a few things in order to win this game with ease. First off, the Packers have no run game, so the Patriots should have an easy time stopping their ground game. They do not need to stack the box, but need to run a lot of pass-stopping plays and blitzes. Next, the Patriots will have to run some mixed packages on defense designed to fool Packers QB Matt Flynn. If they run some CB blitzes as well as some all out blitzes, Flynn will be pressured and forced to make mistakes. The Patriots will need to capitalize on those and will likely have an easy time doing that. The last thing the Pats will have to do is not overanalyze the potential of the passing game. I do believe the Packers will struggle offensively with Flynn starting, however the Packers do have one of the best receiving corps in the league. Any one of these receivers can beat you given the opportunity.
Offensively, there is not much to say about the Patriots. Their offense is rolling and they will continue to roll. This Packers defense is beatable and Brady will figure out a way to carve them up as usual. I think the key to winning this game for the Patriots is to run the ball. The Packers do not have a good run-stopping defense and both RBs Benjarvus Green-Ellis and Danny Woodhead need to take advantage of that. I think they should receive a combined 25-30 carries. If this happens, that will make things that much easier for Brady and the passing game.
I was really looking forward to this game, but without Rodgers, it should not be much of one. I see the Patriots continuing their hot streak and winning 38-14. Go Pats!
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Written by David Reid