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Gronkowski won't even make an appearance on "Sunday Night Football" against the Green Bay Packers.

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This also begins a three-game stretch in which NY takes on AFC East opponents. It will be a showcase of the two quarterbacks displaying why they carry the label G.O.A.T.

Aaron Rodgers: How will he fare against Tom Brady's side? Their coverage could be better, but they're disrupting things pretty effectively up front. Patriots 7, Packers 0. He is now one yard away from 1,000 career rushing yards. Gronkowski has 29 catches for 448 yards and a TD. Backup guard Ted Karras, starting in place of the injured Shaq Mason, got beat for the sack by Mike Daniels.

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It doesn't get much more exciting than Aaron Rodgers vs.

The Patriots (6-2) have yet again shrugged off a slow start and look like a contender in the AFC. The offense scored quickly, and the defense bent but didn't break. In four of his past six games he has registered 51 yards or less.

Aaron Rodgers: Is the Packers star the GOAT?

In fact, the last time Green Bay won on the road was last season in Week 14 against the Cleveland Browns, and it took overtime in order for them to secure the result. The Patriots get decent pressure on the next snap, but Rodgers is able to dance in the pocket and find Jimmy Graham wide open in the flat for another first. They also have a tendency to allow teams to drive all the way down to the red zone but then only give up a field goal.

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Valdes-Scantling was the second of three receivers the Packers drafted in 2018 when he was selected in the fifth round. Their record is 3-3-1 while the Bears lead the division at 4-3.

Q1, 11:40: Well, that was easy.

Both teams are coming in with excellent quarterback and offensive play, along with defenses that could use some improvement. The new secondary will be put to the test immediately and the Pack needs them to finish the game with a passing grade. Time to see what Aaron Rodgers can do to respond.

Forget about quick strikes, these two QBs are especially lethal at taking chunks at a time, bludgeoning defenses bit-by-bit.

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But while the 26-21 win over the Patriots in 2014 might have been his springboard, it took a while for Adams to gain the kind of consistency that now makes him an important part of the offense.