While the Patriots are rightly favored to win this matchup given how dominant they've looked recently, it's far from a guarantee.
Appearing on Kirk & Callahan Monday morning, Tom Brady had a great deal of praise for his offensive coordinator and also noted he's under contract with the Patriots "for a long time". Yet, what Rodgers doesn't have that Brady does is a handful of Super Bowl rings and an edge in MVP awards.
That sets the stage for a compelling matchup between perhaps the game's two best quarterbacks in front of a national TV audience.
Brady, who rushed for eight yards last week to pick up a first down in Buffalo, has shared some tongue-in-cheek social media posts in recent months about his quest for 1,000 yards.
Locally, the NBC broadcast generated a 37.9 household rating and 59 market share in the Boston market, which is the Patriots' best local rating of the 2018 season. "CP [Cordarrelle Patterson] playing running back most of the night did a great job. We're hurting ourselves with negative yardage plays and missed throws and turnovers at the wrong time, not being on the same page too many times", Rodgers said.
It was 17-all late in the third quarter when Aaron Jones fumbled for Green Bay (3-4-1).
Darnold threw four interceptions and took four sacks, and the Jets went 2 for 13 on third down.
"I was excited for this game and to see both of those guys go head-to-head", Patterson said.
Bill Belichick joked about Tom Brady not reaching 1,000 career rushing yards: In the middle of a postgame soundbite in which Bill Belichick praised Tom Brady for career his accomplishments, the coach made light of a simmering statistical chase. Rodgers finished with 286 yards passing and one touchdown in the loss.
"He's been a phenomenal player in this league, so he's a fun one to watch when you're a younger player and trying to figure out what he's doing", said Rodgers. "One of the slant routes, I think some pressure fell on it and it dislocated, so I popped it back into place a couple of times during the game".
Brady and Rodgers are longtime friends, but the Patriots quarterback was quick to quash talk of their relationship being a "bromance".
"Just the stuff he does on the field is phenomenal and then to see him, as he's gotten older in his career, continue to reinvent himself year after year and play at a high level every single season, obviously winning the championships, he's a phenomenal player". White leads the Patriots in targets (74), receptions (55), receiving yards (459), and total TDs (8). "There's not many like him".
Bet: Take the Packers to cover and bet the over.