Long reigning New England Patriots general manager Bill Belichick has spoken of being glad at not having to face Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers more often as he prepares his side to do so on Sunday, October 2.
The sides are split with the Patriots in the American Football Conference (AFC) and the Packers in the National Football Conference (NFC). Both compete with the end goal of adding to their SuperBowl titles with the Patriots level with Pittsburgh Steelers as the winning-most teams on six and the Packers two shy of that pair with four.
However, the Patriots are not experiencing the success of old this campaign, sitting 25th on points scored across the NFL, losing two of their three encounters so far. Meanwhile, the Packers head into this meeting in much better form, beating 2021 champions Tampa Bay Buccaneers 14-12 last Sunday.
Speaking on what makes Packers star Aaron Rodgers so great, Belichick said: “Pretty much everything. He’s very smart. A very good athlete. He’s got very good quickness and the ability to avoid and escape guys in the pocket to extend plays.”
Rodgers added two touchdown passes to being 27-for-35 wide-receiving with 255 passing yards vs The Bucs.
“Really no weaknesses with the player at all,” Belichick continued. “Tremendous amount of experience in game situation management. He’s as good as there is.”
Belichick, 70, was especially glad at not having to oppose Rodgers more: “Glad he’s in the NFC and haven’t had to face him more than we had because he’s always been a problem and looks like he’s playing extremely well again as he always does.”
The Packers are favourites for victory on gameday four and have home advantage at Lambeau field in Wisconsin.
The teams haven’t faced each other for some time, last clashing in 2018, a 31-17 win for the New England Patriots but the landscape for both teams is very different and Sunday’s matchup promises to deliver.