Pack­ers (3-3-1) at Pa­tri­ots (6-2)

USA TODAY Sports Weekly - - WEEK 9 MATCHUPS - Henry McKenna

W ........ Hous­ton ........ 27-20 L ........... at Jax ........... 31-20 L ....... atDetroit ....... 26-10 W ............ Mi­ami ............ 2-2 W ..... In­di­anapo­lis ..... 38-24 W ..... Kansas City ..... 43-40 W ...... at Chicago ...... 38-31 W ........ at Buf­falo ........ 25-6 Nov.4 ...GreenBay ...8:20 Nov.11 ..atTen­nessee ..1 Nov. 18 ............. Bye ............. Nov.25 .... atN.Y.Jets .... 1 Dec.2...Min­nesota...4:25 Dec. 9 ........ at Mi­ami ........ 1 Dec. 16 at Pitts­burgh 4:25 Dec. 23 ........ Buf­falo ........ 1 Dec. 30 ...... N.Y. Jets ....... 1

Sun­day, 8:20 p.m. ET, Gil­lette Sta­dium, Foxbor­ough, Mas­sachusetts

TV: NBC

Danny Sheri­dan’s line: by 6

Pack­ers’ keys to vic­tory: QB Aaron Rodgers should be able to throw against any­one, but this Pa­tri­ots se­condary looks par­tic­u­larly vul­ner­a­ble. CB Stephon Gil­more has been out­stand­ing all sea­son, but the rest of the se­condary has strug­gled, par­tic­u­larly with tight ends. If Rodgers can make good use of TE Jimmy Gra­ham, then the Pack­ers should click offen­sively. On de­fense, they need to get phys­i­cal with TE Rob Gronkowski. Gronk has been ham­pered by in­juries this sea­son and seems to strug­gle with phys­i­cal­ity.

Pa­tri­ots’ keys to vic­tory: If RB Sony Michel re­turns from in­jury, he could be a weapon that keeps the ball away from Pack­ers QB Aaron Rodgers. If Michel isn’t healthy, New Eng­land could turn to RB James White, who has emerged as an un­likely offen­sive cen­ter­piece (aside from QB Tom Brady, of course). White is a threat run­ning and catch­ing the ball. De­fen­sively, coach Bill Belichick surely will at­tempt to dis­guise cov­er­ages and blitzes to chal­lenge Rodgers. If that’s not enough to slow the Pack­ers quar­ter­back, the Pa­tri­ots will have to hope DE Trey Flow­ers can get pres­sure.

Matchup to watch: Pa­tri­ots WR Josh Gor­don vs. Pack­ers CB Jaire Alexan­der. Alexan­der is blos­som­ing into a top cor­ner­back, but he’ll get a huge test in Gor­don, who looks more com­fort­able in the Pa­tri­ots offense by the day.

Who wins? Green Bay seemed to pick up some mo­men­tum at times in Week 8 against the Los An­ge­les Rams, but New Eng­land is a well-oiled ma­chine.

Pa­tri­ots, 34-31 Pa­tri­ots

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