PFF Preview: Patriots @ Packers, Week 13
One of the best matchups of the season happens on Sunday afternoon as the (9-2) New England Patriots visit Lambeau Field to play the (8-3) Green Bay Packers. Both teams started the season at (2-2) and have stayed hot ever since, with the Patriots winning seven straight and the Packers winning six of seven.
This will be the first and possibly only time we will get to see Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady on the field together, as Rodgers missed their matchup in 2010 through injury. Rodgers is currently our highest-graded quarterback at +30.2 overall and Brady ranks fourth at +22.1, while they rank first and eighth in PFF Quarterback Rating, respectively, with Rodgers at 101.69 and Brady at 93.50. Rodgers has excelled in our Deep Passing statistic with a 51.6% Accuracy Percentage, and has thrown nine touchdowns with no interceptions on balls 20 or more yards down the field. Brady’s skill in getting the ball out as fast as anyone, as shown by our Time in the Pocket statistics, where he ranks second with 68% of throws made in less than 2.5 seconds.
Here are a few other players to watch for.
New England Patriots
Rob Gronkowski – Our top-graded tight end at +18.4 has a receiving grade alone of +17.5 and also leads in Yards Per Route Run with a 2.67 mark.
Darrelle Revis – His +11.4 coverage grade over the last five weeks leads all cornerbacks and our Cornerbacks Coverage stat shows him ranking fifth on the season with only one reception allowed for every 14.2 coverage snaps.
Dont’a Hightower – Hightower leads all 3-4 inside linebackers with a +17.8 overall grade. He’s excelling in all facets of the game as he’s the only linebacker with a +5.0 or better grade against the run, rushing the passer, and in coverage.
Green Bay Packers
Eddie Lacy – Over the last eight weeks, Lacy’s +16.3 overall grade leads all running backs. He also leads in Pass Blocking Efficiency for the season having not allowed a single pressure in 58 pass blocking opportunities.
Jordy Nelson – Nelson ranks third overall with a +13.7 grade and his Wide Receiver Rating of 125.3 ranks second behind only teammate Randall Cobb.
Julius Peppers – He ranks eighth out of 3-4 outside linebackers with a +13.4 overall grade and his Pass Rushing Productivity rating of 9.0 ranks 16th.
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