The Sunday Night double QB treat will be worth it
Great QBs squared.
You’ve heard or read that story line the entire week, as we are treated to a matchup at Gillette Stadium on Sunday night between two of the NFL’s top three quarterbacks, Tom Brady and Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers.
But really, you should savor this. Gillette was robbed of this matchup back in 2010 as Rodgers was hurt, and four years ago they played in Green Bay and the Packers came out on top.
Of course, everyone wants to know who the experts think is better. Who cares?
“Yeah, well, I’ve never played against Tom Brady,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said abruptly when asked who was better. “So I’m glad he’s our quarterback. He’s a great quarterback.
“He’s won a lot of games for us and hopefully he’ll win a lot more and we’ve won a lot of games because of him, but I’e never played against Tom Brady so it’s a different context. I’d say playing against Aaron Rodgers is very, very difficult.”
The thing is, the Pack has done a worse job of surrounding Rodgers with what he needs (including a formidable defense) than the Patriots have with Brady. Green Bay just shipped out two familiar names in Ty Montgomery and Ha-Ha Clinton Dix.
We’ll see if there’s any impact. Meanwhile, we’re rolling like the Rams after a 6-1 week:
PATRIOTS 31, PACKERS 28
Stephen Gostkowsk, the AFC Special Teams Player of the Month for October, gets a quick start on November with a field goal as time runs out for the second straight time on a Sunday Night Football showdown. The Patriot offense will operate much more efficiently at home (away from the road craziness in Buffalo) and the Packers’ defense will wilt.
RAVENS 24, STEELERS 23
Another good matchup, this time the Ravens take advantage of home field as this rivalry continues to see-saw. Too bad it isn’t being played at the end of the season, right? Heck, but then maybe Le’Veon Bell will actually be playing.
TEXANS 24, BRONCOS 17
Demaryius Thomas hauls in a Deshaun Watson pass in the final seconds to snap a 17-all tie as Bronco fans boo their hero, John Elway, he just can’t make the right moves to recapture that Super Bowl magic. Are the Texans this good to recover from an 0-3 start? We’ll see.
SAINTS 34, RAMS 30
Other than Pats-Packers, the matchup of the week. Now the Rams got more formidable with their deadline deal, acquiring pass rusher Dante Fowler. But they’re due for a loss, and the Drew Brees Who Dats are back to being nearly unbeatable at home.
REDSKINS 27, FALCONS 23
Who would’ve thought Washington, with Alex Smith at quarterback, would be the most of the NFC Least? But it’s starting to look that way. It’s also starting to look like Atlanta is very far away from the Super Bowl team of a couple of years ago.
CHARGERS 17, SEAHAWKS 13
Yes, it’s the L.A. Chargers winning a road game in a place where you’re not supposed to be able to win, Seattle. But this Seahawks team, despite being 4-3 going in, is in the midst of a rebuild on the fly. Chargers will be a playoff team, not wasting Philip Rivers’ final years.
TITANS 24, COWBOYS 17
Decisions like Titans coach Mike Vrabel made in London can kill a season. Here’s a chance to reverse all that. Just when you think the Cowboys are ready to take off,they take a step back, and this Monday Nighter will be one.
LAST WEEK: 6-1
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