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NFL Week 9 Sunday Night Football Packers vs Patriots

A top QB showdown takes place Sunday night of Week nine in the NFL as Tom Brady and the Patriots host Aaron Rodgers and the Packers.

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Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy summed it up well:

"If you want to study how to play quarterback, you need to watch that game Sunday night because you're going to see all the little things," he said. "You're going to see fundamentals, you're going to see the at-the-line responsibility. From pure quarterback play, I think this is definitely one you want to watch."

These are two teams headed in opposite directions, as the Patriots have an impressive home winning streak and the Packers have lost two of their last three, including an excruciatingly close, 29-27 tilt against the undefeated Rams last week. Can the Patriots win their 10th straight home game? Will the Packers clear up a muddled NFC North division by climbing over .500 and nabbing the top spot? Now is the time to make your betting picks, so head over to our sportsbook and check out the lines on this and all the other NFL action this week!

For the Pats, they are cruising along at 6-2 after a patchy start to the season, in which they lost in weeks two and three to the Jaguars and the Lions. Fast forward to now, and they have rattled off five wins in a row and are at the top of their division. Even more impressively, they have done so with a patchwork group of WR's consisting of Julian Edelman, Josh Gordon, Chris Hogan, Phillip Dorsett, Cordarrelle Patterson, and Matthew Slater. Brady has had decent success with this group, throwing for 2,200 yards and 16 TD passes. Their only significant Patriot injury is to RB Sony Michel, who missed last game with a knee injury but was on the practice field Wednesday.

For the Packers, they are coming off a well-played loss against the 8-0 Rams, so the bitter taste of defeat is likely still lingering. While the QB matchup may be what draws the attention to this game, it may end up being the pass defense that makes the difference: Green Bay rank fifth in the NFL against passing yards (221.7 yards) while New England is 27th (277.3). RB Aaron Jones missed the first two games due to a suspension but bounced back last week with 12 carries for 86 yards and one touchdown in the loss against the Rams last week. After the trade of Ty Montgomery to Baltimore this week, Jones is expected to receive an expanded role and should be very prevalent on the field Sunday night.

The all-time series between these two teams is tied, 5-5, but the Pats have taken two of the last three matchups. The Packers hold the most recent victory, however, a 2014 matchup in Lambeau that ended 26-21. That game was also the only other time these two superstar QBs have faced off against one another. New England has not committed a turnover to the Packers in either of the last two games they played together.

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