Patriots (8-9 last season) vs Packers (8-9 last year)
New England Patriots vs Green Bay Packers 8/19/2023 — During their preseason opener against Houston, New England displayed a lackluster performance, struggling to generate offensive momentum throughout the initial three quarters. The Patriots found it challenging to score a touchdown until less than two minutes were remaining in the game, resulting in disappointment for the home crowd. In this matchup, the Patriots found themselves outscored 280 to 180 in terms of overall offensive output. They were able to secure merely nine first downs while conceding 17 to the Texans. The Patriots held a slightly favorable time of possession, clocking in at 32 minutes and 28 seconds compared to Houston’s 27 minutes and 32 seconds.
In their preseason opener against the Bengals on road turf, the Green Bay Packers showcased a remarkable level of performance, and they are optimistic about carrying this momentum into their first home preseason game of the year. Following a particularly dynamic second quarter, the Packers secured a 7-3 lead after the first quarter and managed to cement their advantage with just 22 seconds left in the half, going into halftime with a score of 21-16 in their favor. During the second half, Green Bay outscored Cincinnati by a margin of 15-3, ultimately clinching the victory. The Packers dominated offensively, boasting a significant 437-274 edge in total yardage. They also accumulated 21 first downs while only allowing the Bengals to secure 12. Moreover, in terms of ball control, the Packers held the advantage, maintaining possession for a longer period with 30 minutes and 50 seconds compared to Cincinnati’s 29 minutes and 10 seconds.
New England Patriots vs Green Bay Packers Game Info
Time: 8:00 PM ET.
Date: Saturday, August 19, 2023
Location: Lambeau Field in Green Bay, WI
TV: NFL Network
New England QB Mac Jones and Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers
Mac Jones successfully completed 26 out of his 40 pass attempts, resulting in 243 passing yards and three touchdowns. This performance led to a quarterback rating of 75.3. However, by the end of the game, Jones also experienced three picks. Defensively, the Patriots allowed their opponents to gain 90 rushing yards on 25 attempts, averaging 3.6 yards per attempt. Through their pass defense, New England permitted 19 completions out of 31 attempts, translating to a completion rate of 61.3%. This allowed for 237 passing yards against them. Overall, the Patriots executed a total of 64 plays, accumulating a cumulative yardage of 341. When it came to their rushing game, the Patriots made 23 attempts, leading to a total of 107 yards and an average of 4.7 yards per carry.
In their recent match against the Lions, the Packers faced a 20-16 defeat, marking their last appearance on the field. Aaron Rodgers completed 17 out of 27 pass attempts, attaining a total of 205 passing yards and securing 1 touchdown. This performance translated to a QB rating of 83.1. On average, each pass attempt yielded 7.6 yards, but Rodgers also threw 1 interception. As for the Packers’ running game, Aaron Jones carried the ball 12 times, resulting in 48 rushing yards, with an average of 4.0 yards per carry by the end of the contest. The passing game featured Christian Watson, who managed to catch 5 passes, accumulating a total of 104 receiving yards and achieving an impressive average of 20.8 yards per catch.
Odds/Point Spread: New England Patriots +3, Total Odds: 37
Since the Patriots didn’t score their first touchdown until the last two minutes left in the game, there weren’t many spectacular plays in their opening preseason game. The fact that Cunningham inspired the team begs the issue of whether, should the club carry that many quarterbacks, he might unseat McSorley for the third spot, with Jones and Zappe firmly set in the top two spots.
For Green Bay’s opening preseason game, Love and Clifford displayed outstanding quarterback performances. The Packers should be given the advantage since the Patriots are still looking for components and have added Elliott to the mix while playing at home. In the first game, the Packers looked far superior to the Patriots.
New England Patriots Betting Trends
- New England is 4-8 SU in their last 12 matches against the Packers.
- The total went OVER in 5 of New England’s last 7 road games.
- The total stayed UNDER in 5 of the Pats’ last 6 road games against Green Bay.
- New England is 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games against an opponent in the National Football Conference.
Green Bay Packers Betting Trends
- The total stayed UNDER in 8 of Green Bay’s last 10 games against the Patriots.
- The Green Bay Packers are 14-5 SU in their last 19 games at home.
- The total stayed UNDER in 5 of Green Bay’s last 6 home games against the Pats.
- The total remained UNDER in 9 of Green Bay’s last 13 games against an opponent in the American Football Conference.
New England Patriots vs Green Bay Packers Betting Trends
New England Patriots vs Green Bay: Green Bay should have the edge in this contest, especially if any of the Packers starters play. The second unit with Clifford under center looked good in Week 1. Unless New England decides to switch things up, expect most starters to ride the pine again this week. The Patriots’ defensive unit is fine, but they don’t appear to have much depth offensively at this point.
Free Pick and Prediction: Green Bay Packers will win 21-14.