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Week 9 - Packers @ Pats

Discussion in '2018 Patriots Game Threads' started by Ralphwiggum, Oct 31, 2018.

  1. Ralphwiggum

    Ralphwiggum Member SoSH Member

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    Tom Brady vs. Aaron Rodgers for only the 2nd time ever. I'm guessing we are going to see a few more points than we saw in Buffalo on Monday night.

    I kind of like Rodgers and generally root for him and the Packers, but not this weekend. Fuck Vince Lombardi, its about time they change the name of the trophy to the Belichick anyway. Win on Sunday.
     
  2. tims4wins

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    Pack played pretty well on defense last week. And still gave up 29 points. I think the Pats put up 40+.
     
  3. DrewDawg

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    Yeah, Pats offense should be fine, as usual it's the defense we will worry about. I wonder how the Ty Montgomery thing will play out this week.
     
  4. Super Nomario

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    Good test for the D. Despite all the big names, Packers are only 13th in scoring O (16th in points per drive), only cracking 30 points once this year (and that against the hapless 49ers). At home, in theory, the defense should be able to hold them to the low-mid 20's. But we'll see.
     
  5. Mystic Merlin

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    I think the Pats score 30 plus. There are lots of mediocre DB on that roster and their edge LB can’t cover for shit.
     
  6. BigSoxFan

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    And they just traded Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and will be breaking in a new safety. I think there will be several big chunk plays in this one for the Pats.
     
  7. bigq

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    I see a shoot out in this one with lots of passing yards for Rodgers and Brady and turnstile defense for both clubs. Last team to score wins.
     
  8. BigSoxFan

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    Agreed. I see another KC/Pats matchup. Tons of points and probably decided by a key fumble or interception.
     
  9. RedOctober3829

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    Edelman returned to practice today, but no sign of Gronk or Shaq Mason.
     
  10. Ed Hillel

    Ed Hillel Wants to be startin somethin SoSH Member

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    Gronk was grumpy at his PC yesterday, too. I think it’s the back again.
     
  11. Mystic Merlin

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    Probably. Hard not to be pessimistic about him getting to the playoffs in a condition reasonably resembling his usual self.

    Anyways, I’m looking forward to seeing a lot of Adams v. Gilmore on Sunday. Great matchup.
     
  12. rodderick

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    Honestly, I feel like they're better off keeping Gronk out and going heavy on wide receivers than getting him snaps in the passing game while he's clearly not even close to 100% and struggling mightily to create any separation. I know he wants to get his incentives, but just hold him out until he's somewhere close to the player he was a couples of years ago.
     
  13. RedOctober3829

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    Gronk returned to practice today but no Mason, Schwenke, or Grigsby. Mason and Schwenke almost certainly won't play and Grigsby is sick so he still could play if he feels better.
     
  14. Ed Hillel

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    If he can get through the next two weeks, they can give him a couple off with the bye and Jets. It would be nice to have him the next couple weeks, if possible.
     
  15. RedOctober3829

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    Sony Michel speaking with the media tells me he's a good shot to play on Sunday
     
  16. pokey_reese

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    That's nuts, given how he looked coming off the field.
     
  17. bigq

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    I somehow missed until now that Rodgers will be playing with a sprained MCL in his left knee. That will likely limit his mobility and play in the Pats’ favor as they generally struggle to contain mobile QBs.

    I still think this game will be a high scoring shootout however I expect the Pats will come out on top.
     
  18. Mystic Merlin

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    He’s been playing with the injury for weeks.
     
  19. bigq

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    Got it. And it looks like a non-factor as the injury has not significantly affected his ability to run and his rushing stats this season are about on pace with his career average.
     
  20. ilol@u

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    If anyone is going to the game and wants to park in my driveway on North Street (15 min walk from stadium) PM me.
     
  21. Preacher

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  22. RedOctober3829

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    Schefter says there’s major questions with the availability of both Sony Michel and Gronk tonight.
     
  23. kartvelo

    kartvelo Well-Known Member Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    My concerns are the same every week against every opponent.
    Will the OL be able to run block and keep Brady upright for more than 2 seconds?
    Will the D be able to stop the run, hold the edge, get pressure, and cover?
     
  24. BigSoxFan

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    Gronk is broken. This sucks.
     
  25. kartvelo

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    Probably why during the off-season:
    1. He was talking retirement
    2. Belichick was talking trade
     
  26. Ed Hillel

    Ed Hillel Wants to be startin somethin SoSH Member

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    Ehhh, might just be a mild strain.
    He was fine to begin the year.
     
  27. BigSoxFan

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    Gronk never has a mild anything.
     
  28. Ed Hillel

    Ed Hillel Wants to be startin somethin SoSH Member

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    He had a mild groin strain just last year. I’m not pronouncing him dead yet.
     
  29. BigSoxFan

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    I think he already is dead and now it’s just his spirit catching passes.
     
  30. kartvelo

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    Maybe. To me he's looked more stiff and lumbering than usual all season, right from the start.
     
  31. RedOctober3829

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    Maybe, just maybe the pliability approach that Brady has isn't for everyone. Gronkowski looks like he's sacrificed bulk to train the way he has been and I hope that isn't the reason his back issues have resurfaced.
     
  32. SMU_Sox

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    Maybe. Maybe the miles and injuries are finally taking their toll? If he's healthy how much of this goes away at this point in his career? I don't know. Wouldn't be surprised at all if they take a TE with one of those 6 top 100 or so picks.
     
  33. RedOctober3829

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    Irv Smith Jr. would be a nice replacement.
     
  34. Ed Hillel

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    We will draft 3 corners, one a massive overreach, a high upside guy with serious injury history, and trade two others. Might as well accept it.
     
  35. SMU_Sox

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    Yeah, I wonder though if he tests out of the building and goes very early. Agree though.

    Wouldn't be surprised if they got an outside guy, sure. I'll donate $25 to the Jimmy Fund if their first 3 picks are corners. I do realize you are kidding... but on the other hand it is one of those things that isn't out of the realm of possibilities.
     
  36. BaseballJones

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    Gronk's body has taken massive abuse. He's now 29 1/2 years of age, a 9-year veteran with multiple surgeries. He's not "broken". But he's obviously not a cyborg either. He's gone from being a total force of nature to simply being...great.

    But definitely time to find the next great Patriots' tight end for sure, IMO.
     
  37. Ale Xander

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    A shame this is pre-flex

    This game should be switched with Rams saints

    That's the bigger game plus conditions
     
  38. Harry Hooper

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    Not getting full push off an ankle will slow you down a bit.
     
  39. shoosh77

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    If the choice is 60% Gronk and a bye or 95% and hosting a first round game, which do you choose? I’d probably tempt resting him multiple games down the stretch for almost fully healthy playoff GRONK.
     
  40. TheoShmeo

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    What conditions? No rain in the forecast in Foxboro.
     
  41. bigq

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  42. Captaincoop

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    This is a pretty sexy matchup. Rams-Saints is better, but this is one of the better SNF games of the year.
     
  43. Mystic Merlin

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    Lol at the idea of flexing this game out.
     
  44. ifmanis5

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  45. Ed Hillel

    Ed Hillel Wants to be startin somethin SoSH Member

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    No Gronk or Michel. This is a toss up game imo.
     
  46. RedOctober3829

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    Going to be difficult to move the ball tonight. McDaniels is going to have to scheme the hell out of this game.
     
  47. TheoShmeo

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    Gronk and Michel inactive. Blows.
     
  48. ifmanis5

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    Green Bay Packers Inactives
    • 8 QB Tim Boyle
    • 10 P Drew Kaser
    • 28 CB Tony Brown
    • 56 LB Korey Toomer
    • 64 G Justin McCray
    • 70 T/G Alex Light
    • 81 WR Geronimo Allison
    Starting lineup changes: No. 83 Marquez Valdes-Scantling will start at wide receiver for Allison
     
  49. RedOctober3829

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    However, this is one of those games that the Pats just find whatever way they can in order to win.
     
  50. JohnnyTheBone

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    I hate being thin as fuck in the backfield. Play action is rendered moot without a legitimate back.
     

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