The 3-point underdog Green Bay Packers will take on the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts in Week 1 of the NFL preseason. The game kicks off at 7:30PM ET on Thursday Night. The game will be broadcast for Packers fans by Milwaukee’s WTMJ-TV and in conjunction with WGBA-TV in Green Bay. For Patriots fans in the Massachusetts area can tune into WBZ-TV CBS in Boston. More TV broadcast info on this game is at the end of the post.
This will be the 14th preseason matchup between these two squads, but the first time since Aug. 26, 2005 when the Patriots claimed a 27-3 victory at Lambeau Field.
Most everyone’s eyes will be focused on the Patriots offense and how much time Tom Brady will get under center with his 4-game suspension looming. Is backup QB Garoppolo ready to take center for the Pats in a regular season game? Will the Packers be the first team to incur the wrath of an angry Bill Belichick?
A Closer Look At The Green Bay Packers at New England Patriots Preseason Week 1 Odds, Analysis & TV Info
Green Bay Packers vs New England Patriots
Date: Thursday, August 13, 2015
Start Time: 7:30 PM ET
Location: Foxborough, Massachusetts
Stadium: Gillette Stadium
Odds: Patriots -3
Game Total: 39
Radio: Green Bay vs New England
Can Green Bay Cover the 3-point Spread versus New England in Week 1 of NFL Preseason?
This could of been last year’s Super Bowl matchup if Green Bay didn’t let the conference final slip away in the waning minutes.
The Packers don’t have to play QB Aaron Rodgers in their first NFL preseason game in order to score points versus the New England Patriots. Green Bay’s offensive system is designed to allow for success from a number of quarterbacks. Rodgers might play a series or two, but he definitely won’t play more than that if he plays at all.
Aaron Rodgers will go to the Packers preseason opener, whether he plays is still up in the air http://t.co/cv6sddVdjE
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) August 12, 2015
Backing up Rodgers is Scott Tolzien. The former Wisconsin stand-out hasn’t hit the field during the regular season since 2013. It’s likely that Coach Mike McCarthy is going to want to give Tolzien most of the reps in this game. Tolzien needs to get on the field. The Packers also drafted QB Brett Hundley from UCLA. McCarthy is likely to give both of those guys a lot of plays to work with. He’ll want to know if there is any upside for Hundley. He’ll want to see if Tolzien has made any progress since his rookie season. If McCarthy allows both of those guys to throw the ball, Green Bay should be able to score some points.
Can New England Cover the 3-piont Spread versus Green Bay in Week 1 of NFL Preseason?
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New England Coach Bill Belichick is in a precarious situation. He’s not exactly sure if QB Tom Brady is going to be available for the first 4 games of the season. It’s looking like Brady definitely won’t be. Either way, Belichick can’t take a chance in this first NFL preseason game of the year.
— New England Patriots (@Patriots) August 12, 2015
He won’t be able to afford to play back-up Jimmy Garoppolo for more than a couple of series in this game. If Garoppolo were to get hurt, Belichick would be scrambling to find a replacement. QB Matt Flynn, who used to play for the Packers, is likely to get almost all of the snaps in this matchup. Flynn is capable of throwing the football, but in true Belichick fashion, he’s likely to simply hand the ball off to RBs LeGarrette Blount, Jonas Gray, Travis Cadet and James Develin.
NFL Preseason Week 1 Final Score Prediction: New England Patriots 17, Green Bay Packers 12
If Belichick and the Pats do that, they might be able to control the pace of the game. Controlling the pace, and not letting the Packers throw the football with their young quarterbacks, is the best way for New England to cover the spread in this matchup.
Green Bay Packers Preseason TV Info:
In addition to WTMJ-TV (Milwaukee) and WGBA-TV (Green Bay), preseason games will be televised over WKOW/ABC, Madison, Wis.; WAOW/ABC, Wausau/Rhinelander, Wis.; WXOW/ABC, La Crosse, Wis.; WQOW/ABC, Eau Claire, Wis.; WLUC/NBC, Escanaba/Marquette, Mich.; KQDS-TV/FOX, Duluth/Superior, Minn.; KGCW-TV/CW, Davenport, Iowa (Quad Cities); KWWL-TV/NBC, Cedar Rapids/Waterloo, Iowa; KCWI-TV/CW, Des Moines, Iowa; KMTV-TV/CBS, Omaha, Neb.; KYUR/ABC, Anchorage, Alaska; KATN/ABC, Fairbanks, Alaska; KJUD/ABC, Juneau, Alaska; and KFVE-TV in Honolulu, Hawaii.
New England Patriots Preseason TV Info:
Boston, Mass. WBZ-TV Ch. 4
Springfield, Mass. WWLP-TV Ch. 22
Hartford, Conn. WTNH-TV Ch. 8
Portland, Maine WMTW-TV Ch. 8
Bangor, Maine WVII-TV Ch. 7
Manchester, N.H. WMUR-TV Ch. 9
Providence, R.I. WPRI-TV Ch. 12
Burlington, Vt. WCAX-TV Ch. 3