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GREEN BAY (3-3-1) at NEW ENGLAND (6-2)
12-20-2019, 10:34 AM,
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GREEN BAY (3-3-1) at NEW ENGLAND (6-2)
Sunday Aaron Ripkowski Color Rush Jersey , 8:20 p.m. EST, NBCOPENING LINE 鈥?Patriots by 7 陆More Packers coverage from FOX Sports WisconsinProtecting QB Aaron Rodgers will be Packers’ priority vs. BearsPackers place starting guard Bell on IR, sign OL SiragusaStaTuesday: Packers’ Rodgers sets record with INT-free streakPackers Snap Counts: Patrick shows fight in first startUpon Further Review: Packers vs. FalconsRECORD VS. SPREAD 鈥?Packers 3-4, Patriots 5-3SERIES RECORD 鈥?Packers lead 6-5LAST MEETING 鈥?Packers beat Patriots 26-21, Nov. 30, 2014LAST WEEK 鈥?Packers lost to Rams 29-27, Patriots beat Bills 25-6AP PRO32 RANKING 鈥?Packers No. 12, Patriots No. 3PACKERS OFFENSE 鈥?OVERALL (5), RUSH (21), PASS (5).PACKERS DEFENSE 鈥?OVERALL (12), RUSH (22), PASS (5).PATRIOTS OFFENSE 鈥?OVERALL (11), RUSH (13) , PASS (13).PATRIOTS DEFENSE 鈥?OVERALL (25), RUSH (14), PASS (22).STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES 鈥?Regular-season series tied 5-5. … Patriots hosting Packers for first time since 37-27 win at Gillette Stadium on Dec. 19, 2010. … Packers’ win in 2014 was lone previous meeting between Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady as starting quarterbacks. They combined for 613 passing yards and four touchdowns in Green Bay’s five-point victory at Lambeau Field. … Rodgers (103.6) and Brady (97.6) rank first and third, respectively, in NFL history in career passer rating and are only active players with multiple AP Most Valuable Player Awards (Brady three, Rodgers two). … Packers won lone playoff meeting, defeating Patriots 35-21 in Super Bowl during 1996 season. … Packers coach Mike McCarthy’s 134 overall wins are most in the NFC and second only to Patriots coach Bill Belichick for most wins in NFL since 2006. … Rodgers has at least two TD passes in five of his past six games vs. AFC. … WR Davante Adams has 31 catches for 373 yards and three TDs in past four games vs. AFC. Since 2016, he’s one of two receivers (Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown) with at least 2,500 yards receiving (2,572) yards and 25 or more TD catches (28). … LB Clay Matthews has three sacks and forced fumble in four career road games vs. AFC East. … Patriots looking for 10th straight home victory. … Brady has 300 or more passing yards in three of his past four games. He has eight TD passes and no interceptions in his past three games against Green Bay. … RB James White had 94 yards from scrimmage and rushing TD in Week 8. Looking for his fourth game with at least 90 scrimmage yards. White has four TD catches in his past three games vs. NFC. … TE Rob Gronkowski had seven catches for 98 yards in last meeting. … DE Trey Flowers has seven tackles for loss and four sacks in his past seven at home. … Fantasy Tip: Brady has thrown for at least 300 yards 14 times in Sunday night games. GREEN BAY, Wis. — Whether it was earlier in his career at New Orleans or the past few seasons in Seattle JK Scott Jersey , two things were common for tight end Jimmy Graham: production and victories.Both are in short supply in his first season with the Green Bay Packers. Graham enters Sunday’s game at Chicago with only two touchdown catches and the Packers with a 5-7-1 record.More Packers coverage from FOX Sports WisconsinBucks’ Wes Matthews loves Wisconsin, is a Vikings fanPreview: Packers look to slow Vikings’ revitalized run gameTop Tweets: Yelich thanks fans for support after season-ending injuryAmos sparks rebuilt Packers defense in debutPackers to be tested again by familiar foe in Zimmer, Vikings“My numbers suck,” Graham said Friday. “That’s not what it’s about, you know? I just want to win games. If I have one catch for 2 yards and we win, I don’t care. Obviously, it’s not great when you’re not helping us win, and that’s what I see.”Graham, who has played the last two games with a brace to protect a broken thumb, has caught 46 passes for 549 yards. That’s second on the team in receptions, and while the production might wind up being better than it was last season for the Seahawks, when he caught 57 passes for 520 yards, Graham also led all NFL tight ends with 10 touchdowns a year ago. With Seattle in 2016 Brett Favre Color Rush Jersey , Graham caught 65 passes for 923 yards. With the Saints from 2011 through 2014, he averaged 89 receptions, 1,099 yards and 11.5 touchdowns.While the Packers probably weren’t expecting the 32-year-old Graham to duplicate that kind of production, they no doubt were expecting more than a couple touchdowns when they signed him to a three-year, $30 million contract in March.For his part, Graham was expecting to join a championship contender. Instead, the Packers fired coach Mike McCarthy after a loss to Arizona on Dec. 2 and could be eliminated from the playoff race on Sunday.“I’ve never lost this much, so it’s obviously not something I’m used to,” Graham said. “I’ll never be OK with losing. I love to win. We’ve got to get back to that. Last week was a great step in the right direction. We’ve just got to do what we can control and try to keep winning.”For the Packers to win back-to-back games for the first time this season, they will have to contain Chicago’s ferocious defense. The Bears enter the game ranked third in points allowed and first in takeaways. Chicago linebacker Khalil Mack has 10 sacks and six forced fumbles. Along with catching the ball, Graham will be part of the plan to keep Mack away from quarterback Aaron Rodgers.12<button class="view-gallery">View Gallery</button> GalleryTongueHOTOS: Packers vs. FalconsJeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports | Jeff Hanisch“In this offseason, the tight end does a lot of stuff ,” Graham said. “I’ve got a lot of responsibilities — just not running routes and out here catching the ball like a receiver. That’s just how it is. I’m just trying to do my job and do what I’m told. . Obviously, we’re going to play a great defense that’s got a great rush. I’ll be a part of stopping that rush, and that’s just how it is.”Graham caught only two passes for 8 yards in the season-opening victory over Chicago. He caught eight passes in the loss to the Cardinals but had only two receptions for 13 yards last week against Atlanta. He had a chance for a 57-yard touchdown reception but couldn’t make the play. The brace, he admitted, has been limiting.“You don’t want to shatter your thumb,” Graham said. “That’s not great, but it is what it is.”Notes: RT Bryan Bulaga, who spent most of the first matchup against Chicago blocking Mack, is doubtful with a knee injury. That means Jason Spriggs is in line for his second consecutive start. … CB Bashaud Breeland (groin/personal reasons) and defensive tackle Kenny Clark (elbow) are questionable. Due to the death of a close friend, Breeland was away from the team on Wednesday and Thursday, according to interim coach Joe Philbin.

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