Packers continue road struggles in 31-17 loss to Patriots

Packers continue road struggles in 31-17 loss to Patriots

The Packers tied the ballgame with a two-yard touchdown pass from QB Aaron Rodgers to WR Davante Adams.

If Brady has time, he will pick apart nearly any defense.

Neither defense is formidable but this may well be the first time in years that Rodgers has had a better supporting cast than Brady, providing him a clear opportunity to win what will likely be their last regular-season meeting and give a three-win Packers team some much needed life.

Patrick Chung commits the second penalty of the drive with holding on Graham in the end zone, giving the Pack first-and-goal at the 9-yard line.

In the playoffs Rodgers has the same advantage in TDs and is superior in terms of completion percentage (63.5 to 62.8) and interceptions per game (Brady 0.8, Rodgers 0.6). Tom Brady failed to throw a touchdown pass last week against Buffalo, but he did not need to as the Patriots crushed the visiting Bills 25-6.

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For all the fight that his team showed in turning this game around, Bournemouth could have sealed the points inside 20 minutes. Got forward to great effect for the first half an hour, but was pinned further and further back the longer the game went on.

In Week 5, Adams went for nine catches, 140 yards and a score against the Lions. If Green Bay can run the ball consistently, they can slow down the New England pass rush and keep Brady and the potent Pats offense off the field. According to ESPN statistics, he had 3 receptions for 101 yards on the night and averaged 33.7 yards per catch. The 130 receiving yards were the most he's had in a game with the Patriots, and also the most he's had in a game since December of 2013 in a game coincidentally against the Patriots. Cobb should be healthier after making his return from injury a week ago. And we talk about that all the time - if we can get ball-carriers from behind by the D-linemen, the linebackers, it forces turnovers.

Rodgers finds a new favorite target in Valdes-Scantling. Other than the blown coverage on Gordon that led to his touchdown, it was a solid effort against an all-time great quarterback.

Whitehead was the replacement for Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, who was traded to the Washington Redskins last week.

Cornerback Bashaud Breeland will make his season debut. Green Bay and New England only meet about once every four years. Football fans are in for a rare treat as two future Hall-of-Fame quarterbacks battle in Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady. You see him with a knee brace on and he's still scrambling for first downs (10 on 18 carries). That lead held through the break once the Pats halted the Packers at midfield during their ensuing two-minute drill. The Packers can not convert on 4th down and hand it back to the Patriots. They might have to come close to that this time.

Expect the duel with Brady to bring out the best in Rodgers and expect the Pack to be in this game late.