(Sporting Alert) — The New England Patriots take a seven game win streak on the road into Sunday’s NFL Week 13 clash at the Green Bay Packers.
New England (9-2) enters the contest win the best run at the moment, but will face a Green Bay (8-3) side which has won all five of its games at home this season and is averaging a league-best 43.8 PPG at Lambeau Field.
“We’re playing Green Bay in Green Bay,” coach Bill Belichick said. “That’s where they’ve been very dominant, really, in terms of getting ahead and playing from ahead, first quarter. The numbers are staggering.”
Belichick is delighted with the way his team has been able to put up points against opponents, but admits that he doesn’t expect this to keep going on.
“It’s not realistic for us to expect to continue to blow teams out like that, or, I don’t want to say blow out, but win by a large margin,” added Belichick.
“I can’t really put my finger on what it is. I think it’s a culmination of things and preparation, I think, is at the forefront of that.”
This will be the their first Patriots v Packers matchup with both Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers starting as the quarterbacks.
New England quarterback Brady is just two yards away from 3,000 yards this season, while his opposition, Rodgers, needs 43 more yards to get to the 3k mark on the term.
The Patriots lead the head-to-head series since 2001, 2-1 and put up 66 points against the Packers’ 27 in the past two meetings.
At the other end of the standings, New York Giants and the Jacksonville Jaguars, two team that have combined for a 4-18 record this season, will meet each other with lengthy losing streaks need to be stopped.
The Giants (3-8) have not won since Oct. 5 and are on a seven game skid, while the Jaguars (1-10) are on a four game losing streak, but have just one win all season with only 24-6 victory at home against Cleveland in that column.
NFL Week 13 Schedule
Washington at Indianapolis 1:00 PM TV Channel: FOX Lucas Oil Stadium
Tennessee at Houston 1:00 PM TV Channel: CBS NRG Stadium
Cleveland at Buffalo 1:00 PM TV Channel: CBS Ralph Wilson Stadium
San Diego at Baltimore 1:00 PM TV Channel: CBS M&T Bank Stadium
NY Giants at Jacksonville 1:00 PM FOX EverBank Field
Cincinnati at Tampa Bay 1:00 PM TV Channel: CBS Raymond James Stadium
Oakland at St. Louis 1:00 PM TV Channel: CBS Edward Jones Dome
New Orleans at Pittsburgh 1:00 PM TV Channel: FOX Heinz Field
Carolina at Minnesota 1:00 PM TV Channel: FOX TCF Bank Stadium
Arizona at Atlanta 4:05 PM TV Channel: FOX Georgia Dome
New England at Green Bay 4:25 PM TV Channel: CBS Lambeau Field
Denver at Kansas City 8:30 PM TV Channel: NBC Arrowhead Stadium