Five bold predictions for Patriots visit to Green Bay
By Fran Brown
Another week and another tough beat on my five bold predictions for the Patriots as I went 2-3 for a second consecutive week. This time it was the Matthew Judon sack total (at least two) that kept me up at night as he recorded a sack of Lamar Jackson on the first play of the game before being shut out the rest of the way. I guess I should’ve gone with Deatrich Wise. Jabrill Peppers also finished one tackle off of the team lead, so we were two plays away from going 4-1. The one that didn’t come close was Mac Jones throwing for at least two touchdowns. He did complete one pass in the endzone but that was to a Baltimore Raven.
This week the Patriots head to Lambeau Field for only the fourth time in their history to take on the Green Bay Packers. Here are my five bold predictions for what might happen during the game on Sunday afternoon.
Five bold predictions for Patriots in week four
Rhamondre Stevenson runs for over 100 yards
The Patriots do not have a 100-yard rusher through their first three games of the season, but I can see that changing this week. A physical runner with good vision, Stevenson had his best game of the young season a week ago leading the team with 73 yards on 12 carries. His touches have gone up each game this year and he leads the team averaging a healthy five yards per carry. With the status of Mac Jones up in the air, I can see the Patriots leaning on the running game this week.
Stevenson also gets a poor rush defense in the Packers to try and take advantage of so I don’t think he will even need a full workload to pick up 100 yards. In week two, Chicago running back David Montgomery was able to pick up 122 yards on just 15 carries against a defense that gives up 4.9 yards per rush, 19th in the NFL. Since the Patriots have two good backs with Stevenson and Damien Harris, it can be hard for one to outpace the other but I think Stevenson is trending upwards heading into week four.