The Packers wont be an easy team to push around. RB Ahman
Green has 416 rushing yards and the Packers will be sure to test him against the
Packers have and use the quick hitches and quick
misdirections to set up the deep ball to Donald Driver and Terry Glenn. With the
less than average play by the Pats LB's in recent weeks, the Packers should be
able to keep drives alive.
Head Coach Bill Belichick must get his head out of the
clouds and get some fresh air; the team is beatable, as the last two games have
proven. His tendency to blame just the defense belies a weakness when it comes
to keeping a young QB in check. Belichick seems to be preoccupied with the media
frenzy around Tom Brady and appears to be caring for his QB with diaper and
bottle at hand.
The Patriots look to be ready to use the pass as the
primary weapon, and RB Antowain Smith looks to only be another unused talent on
the team. Unless the Patriots better utilize their offense, teams will continue
to make critical defensive adjustments during the games and take advantage of
the glaring do-or-die game plan.
Key to beating the Packers: Take advantage of the middle of
the field. The left side of the Packers defense was exposed a week ago vs. the
Bears. LDE Aaron Kampman looked to be very soft on off-guard runs and had
problems when the not so mobile QB Jim Miller rolled out to his side. On
defense, the Pats need to find the pass rush because Favre will test the
secondary deep early and often. The secondary must take advantage of chances
Favre takes. Keeping Amhed Green in check will also be key, as the Pack will
send him out on the Pats' confused linebackers to take advantage of the
over-pursuers and poor DL.
Notes: TE Daniel Graham (shoulder) will not play vs. the
Packers unless other injuries occur. Sources say the Patriots would like for
Graham to take this week and next week (Bye Week) off to fully heal his
shoulder. WR Troy Brown is expected to start.
Stat Call Of The Week: Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila will have 4 sacks (OT Matt Light) vs. the Patriots.