For the first time in eight years, the Green Bay Packers are coming to Foxboro for a meeting with the Patriots.
In fact, this is the first time that Aaron Rodgers has made his way to Gillette Stadium for a regular-season meeting with Tom Brady and the Patriots. (If you'll recall, it was Matt Flynn that started in the last Packers-Patriots game at Gillette, which is the game that essentially made Flynn a millionaire and a half.) It's also the first time that Brady and Rodgers have squared off their since Lambeau Field showdown in Nov. 2014.
And the hype is most certainly real.
Here's how the 98.5 The Sports Hub staff sees this one going for the Pats...
Ty Anderson (Writer/columnist, 985TheSportsHub.com)
Year after year, the Green Bay Packers are up there as one of the most overrated teams in the league. I really don't think this year is any different. Aaron Rodgers even being mentioned in the same breath as Tom Brady for the title of Greatest of All Time is downright offensive (it's five Super Bowl rings against ONE). Ty Montgomery was a scapegoat for a comeback that definitely would not have happened. Dez Bryant caught the ball.
Patriots 34, Packers 26.
Christian Arcand (The Adam Jones Show)
I expect this to look a lot like the KC game. Now, Rodgers and the Green Bay offense moved the ball pretty easily against the Rams and probably would have won that game if Montgomery didn’t lose his mind. And the Packers are due for a win on the road. But I think this one stays close and I’ll take Bill Belichick over Mike McCarthy anywhere in a close game, especially in Foxboro.
Patriots 31, Packers 30.
Matt Dolloff (Writer/producer, 985TheSportsHub.com)
As much as I would like to be a contrarian and say this game won't be the shootout everyone thinks it will be, I just don't see how it wouldn't happen. Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers will both find ways to make plays up and down the field. However, the Patriots defense will be more sturdy in the red zone and Stephen Gostkowski will be far more reliable than Mason Crosby. That will be the difference in a game that should otherwise be an offensive showcase that the Patriots pull off in the end.
Patriots 37, Packers 29.
Tony Massarotti (Felger and Mazz)
Packers aren't exactly the Chiefs, but expect generally the same type of game with lots of points. The Patriots defense still isn't good, but it's better than Green Bay's. When do the playoffs start?
Patriots 38, Packers 27.
Matt McCarthy (98.5 The Sports Hub)
The Patriots are coming off an ugly win against the putrid Bills and it's hard to expect them to look that much better with all of their injury concerns. Rob Gronkowski clearly isn't himself. If he plays on Sunday night it's fair to wonder how effective he will be. If Sony Michel is inactive for the second straight week with his knee injury, the Patriots will again be forced to air it out with Brady all night long in the absence of a true running back. Meanwhile, the Packers are a poorly-coached team without much talent outside of their all-world quarterback. Both teams have plenty of problems right now, I expect this one to be ugly.
Patriots 24, Packers 23.
Mike 'Sarge' Riley (98.5 The Sports Hub)
There’s no way the Patriots have another performance like Monday night with their foot off the gas. But, with the uncertainty of Gronkowski (ankle/back) in this game, I think Julian Edelman will have at least 100 yards receiving. And when Tom Brady is in trouble, look no further than running back James White, who has unquestionably been the most valuable player on offense this season.
It's also too bad these two teams meet once every four years as this is likely the only time in Foxboro we get Brady vs Rodgers. But I think the Pats take care of business in their final home game until December.
Patriots 38, Packers 27.