Rodgers vs Brady: A Must Win for The Pack

November 3, 2018

                                                                                                            Source: Morry Gash/Associated Press

 

We're already in week 9 of this NFL season and the Packers are already in a must-win situation. It sounds crazy considering that the NFC North is tight right now. With all four teams within reach of one another and the Packers just a game behind the surprise Chicago Bears for first in the division. The Packers are going through a tough schedule stretch. Last Sunday the Packers lost a tough one against the undefeated L.A. Rams (8-0) which Vegas had the Packers as the biggest underdog since Aaron Rodgers took centre stage for the team. 

 

This Sunday they will have to face Tom Brady and the Patriots. It’s another tough matchup the Packers will have to face. So far this season the Packers are at .500 through 7 games, but despite this mediocre record, it could be worse. If you look at the Packers play this season they should only have about one win. The first week Rodgers came back and helped the team get a win while playing banged up as the Packers were down 20 to the Bears. The next week the Vikings could have beaten Green Bay twice in overtime but got a tie instead. Their game against the Niners a few weeks ago could have been a loss too, thankfully Rodgers completed another last minute game-winning drive with the help of their kicker Mason Crosby hitting the winning field goal. So far this season the Packers haven’t looked too good. 

 

With the Packers facing the Patriots this Sunday, it's another tough one the Packers. The Patriots started the season 1-2 but have been rolling ever since winning 5 in a row. With Tom Brady at the helm, the Packers defense will have a tough time, they've had some flashes of being strong and rigid but have often collapsed in the second half putting more weight on the offense. To make matters even tougher, the Packers sent away former pro-bowler HA HA Clinton Dix to Washington early this week. Luckily Tramon Wiliams has had experience at the safety position, but it's still going to a tall order for the 35-year-old going against the Patriots receivers and Gronk. If the Pack are going to upset the Pats at Foxboro they ’re going to have to go back to the well and pray Aaron Rodgers has another monster game. The defense will give up points but will need to give Rodgers a chance to win them the game. 

 

It doesn’t help that the Pack coming into to this game are winless on the road, going 0-3 this season and have allowed opponents to score over 28 points in those games. Tom Brady and Patriots offense are 4th in the league averaging 29 points a game. In their last three home games the Patriots offense scored a combined 119 points and are a perfect 4-0 at home this season.  

 

The Packers are going through a tough five-game stretch where they’ll be facing opponents with a .500 record or more. Next week Green Bay will be facing another AFC East team in the dolphins at home. It’s the weakest team Green Bay will face in this stretch but don’t count out the Dolphins. Despite losing 4 of their last 5 games after starting hot 3-0. The Dolphins still pose a threat. The Packers should have the edge but the game is going to be closer than expected. 

 

The next two games won’t be easy either as the Seahawks who hold the last wild-card spot in the NFC has had the Packers number in recent years. The Packers have lost three straight in Seattle including their 2014 NFC Championship clash that ended with Seattle going to the SuperBowl for the second time in three years. The fans in Century Link Field dubbed the 12th man, will give Rodgers and the Packers some problems with the deafening noise from the Seattle crowd. 

The last team in this tough stretch is their division rival the Minnesota Vikings. As the Packers dominated most of the game in their week 2 matchup, the Packers defense collapsed in the second half. Kirk Cousins started to get hot and shredded the Pack's secondary with four touchdowns and threw for 425 yards. If not for Blair Walsh’s two missed kicks in overtime they would have won. The Packers luckily came out the game with a tie.

 

The last team in this tough stretch is their division rival the Minnesota Vikings. As the Packers dominated most of the game in their week 2 matchup, the Packers defense collapsed in the second half. Kirk Cousins started to get hot and shredded the Pack's secondary with four touchdowns and threw for 425 yards. If not for Blair Walsh’s two missed kicks in overtime they would have won. The Packers luckily came out the game with a tie.

 

The remaining teams on their schedule include the terrible Cardinals, Falcons, Bears, Jets, and finally the Lions. Those teams have a combined record of 15 wins and 22 losses. Though the Packers lost to the Lions and barely squeaked by the Bears. The NFC North is getting tougher to play in, the Vikings are not the only threat, the Bears have shown they are a team that can't be overlooked. Chicago’s attitude and play on the field have made the windy city team hungry to snap a seven-year playoff drought. The Lions are somehow in this race and gave the Packers defense problems in their first meeting this season. Amidst a close comeback by Aaron Rodgers, the Lions are a team the Packers can’t think they can walk all over. Not to mention the Packers have lost three straight to Detroit and don’t surprised if it extends to 4 after this season. 

 

The Packers will have to fire on all cylinders against New England. It’s their biggest game of the season. A win can boost their momentum and could be a big turning point in their season, but if they lose that’s two straight. This could lead to a downward spiral that the Packers might not be able to get out of. The Packers can’t waste another season under Aaron Rodgers. 

 

 

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