Week 9 - Packers @ Pats

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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.
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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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.
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.
 

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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.
 

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

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

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

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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.
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.
 

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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.
 

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

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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.
 

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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?
 

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

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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.
 

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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.
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.
 

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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.
 

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Irv Smith Jr. would be a nice replacement.
Yeah, I wonder though if he tests out of the building and goes very early. Agree though.

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.
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.
 

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Gronk is broken. This sucks.
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.
 

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
 

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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.
 

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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