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Sunday Night Football on NBC features an inter-conference clash between the 3-3-1 Green Bay Packers and the 6-2 New England Patriots in an 8:20 p.m. start at Gillette Stadium.
Things could go from bad to worse for the struggling Packers coming off last Sunday’s 29-27 loss to the Los Angeles Rams as 7.5-point road underdogs. They are in real danger of falling below .500 to wrap up the first half of the schedule. Green Bay has been even harder to bet on at 3-4 against the spread and even with the total staying UNDER 57 points against the Rams, it has gone OVER BetAnySports’ closing line in five of its first seven games.
Green Bay has yet to win a road game this season at 0-3 straight-up with a 1-2 mark ATS. Costly mistakes and turnovers led to more than one loss this season even with Aaron Rodgers playing at a high level. He has been hampered with an early season knee injury, but still able to throw for 2,283 yards and 13 touchdowns. The Packers will have to do a better job running the ball on Sunday night with an average of 104.0 yards per game.
The Patriots won their fifth game in a row SU on Monday night while going 4-1 ATS with a 25-6 victory on the road against Buffalo as heavy 13.5-point favorites. They get to play this game at home where they have gone a perfect 4-0 SU (3-1 ATS) this season. The total stayed UNDER BetAnySports’ closing 44-point line against the Bills after going OVER in New England’s previous three games.
With All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski limited with a bad back, running back James White has become the Patriots’ leading receiver with 459 yards on 55 receptions. Rookie running back Sony Michel missed last week’s game due to injury, but he still leads the team in rushing with 422 yards on 95 carries. As long as Tom Brady is under center, New England continually finds a way to move the ball down field and put points on the board.
Give credit to Green Bay for its effort against the Rams. However, the Packers will be hard-pressed to bounce back from last week’s loss to cover again this week on the road against an even better team at home.