Game of the Week: New England Patriots (9-2) at Green Bay Packers (8-3)
The Patriots travel to Green Bay to take on the Packers in what could end up being a preview of this year’s Super Bowl. Both teams are the bookmaker’s favourites to win their conferences and head to Arizona to play for the Vince Lombardi Trophy.
The two teams are the highest scoring teams in the league this season. The Patriots leading the league with 32.5 points per game, just ahead of the Packers at 32.2.
The Patriots beat Detroit last week to extend their winning streak to seven games. In that stretch they have dominated their opponents, winning by an average margin of 20 points. This will be the fourth game in a row that New England have faced a team leading or tied for the lead in their division.
The Packers are currently unbeaten at home. The last two home games have been blowouts of the Bears and the Eagles with the Packers scoring over 50 points in each game. Packers’ quarterback Aaron Rodgers has been in fantastic form this season and he is one of the leading contenders for this season’s MVP award.
Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady are two of the best quarterbacks in the entire league but this will be the first time they have met as starters. The only time that Aaron Rodgers has played against New England was when he came in as back up for the injured Brett Favre during a 35-0 Patriots win in 2006.
Both teams will be looking to win and move closer to securing the number one seed for the playoffs.
Prediction: Packers by 3
Also worth a watch: San Francisco 49ers (7-4) at Seattle Seahawks (7-4)
It is Thanksgiving in America this week and that means three games on Thursday. The most eye-catching of these is between two NFC West teams that have developed one of the NFL’s best rivalries over the last couple of years.
There is a very realistic chance that one of these teams will miss the playoffs this season. The teams will play each other twice in the next three weeks and that will go a long way to deciding which team makes it into the playoffs and which team misses out.
The last time these teams met was in last season’s NFC Championship game. The Seahawks won on that occasion and went on to win the Super Bowl.
Prediction: Seahawks by 7
27/11, 17:30 – Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions
27/11, 21:30 – Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys
28/11, 01.30 – Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers
30/11, 18:00 – Washington Redskins at Indianapolis Colts
30/11, 18:00 – Tennessee Titans at Houston Texans
30/11, 18:00 – Cleveland Browns at Buffalo Bills
30/11, 18:00 – San Diego Chargers at Baltimore Ravens
30/11, 18:00 – New York Giants at Jacksonville Jaguars
30/11, 18:00 – Cincinnati Bengals at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
30/11, 18:00 – Oakland Raiders at St Louis Rams
30/11, 18:00 – New Orleans Saints at Pittsburgh Steelers
30/11, 18:00 – Carolina Panthers at Minnesota Vikings
30/11, 21:05 – Arizona Cardinals at Atlanta Falcons
30/11, 21:25 – New England Patriots at Green Bay Packers
1/12, 01:30 – Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs
2/12, 01:30 – Miami Dolphins at New York Jets