At New England
8:25 p.m. ET
37 degrees, clear
Key Decision #1: (Coin toss, start of game)
• Green Bay wins the coin toss and elects to defer.
• The Packers play much better as a front-running team, so we felt it would have been more prudent to give Aaron Rodgers the ball first and give him an opportunity to grab an early lead.
• As it turned out, New England scored a TD on its first drive and never trailed.
Key Decision #2: (NE ball, tied 17-17 / fourth-and-1, GB 1 / 7:06 Q3)
• After being stuffed for three plays, Bill Belichick decides to go for it, and Tom Brady throws an incompletion.
• Green Bay now had iys first opportunity to go ahead.
• We did not like this call from a personnel standpoint. Because of injuries (Gronk), the Pats don’t have a jumbo package and other than WR Josh Gordon, no red zone pass catching threat. Additionally, the Pats lack a big back to slam it in, and they were missing their best guard in Shaq Mason. We felt taking the three points and the lead was the more prudent decision.
• New England executed its trick plays well in this game, especially a throwback by WR Julian Edelman. They have to resort to this as key weapons Sony Michel and Rob Gronkowski out with injuries.
• We felt that Green Bay defensive coordinator Mike Pettine called a very good game overall; he kept Brady off-balance for much of the game with different coverage looks.
• New England opening no-huddle on the first series of the game allowed it to jump out to a quick lead; Green Bay did not appear ready for it.
• New England did a good job with its defensive game plan. It was clear that they wanted to force Rodgers to take the underneath throws, and they did a good job of disciplining the rush to not get too far upfield and allow Rodgers to scramble.