Patriots Vs Packers Thursday Injury Report

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NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (9-2)

OUT
No players listed.

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
No players listed.

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
LS Danny Aiken – Concussion
OL Marcus Cannon -Hip
OL Dan Connolly – Ankle
DL Dominique Easley – Knee
DB Nate Ebner – Finger
OL Cameron Fleming – Ankle/Finger
DE Chandler Jones – Hip
WR Brandon LaFell – Shoulder
RB Shane Vereen – Ankle
LB Chris White – Ankle

FULL PARTICIPATION
QB Tom Brady – Ankle
WR Julian Edelman – Thigh

GREEN BAY PACKERS (8-3)

OUT
No players listed.

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
CB Jarrett Bush – Groin
G T.J. Lang – Ankle
LB Nick Perry – Shoulder

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
WR Davonte Adams – Heel
TE Brandon Bostick – Hip
G Josh Sitton – Toe

FULL PARTICIPATION
No players listed.

Patriots Vs Packers Wednesday Injury Report

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NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (9-2)

OUT
No players listed.

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
No players listed.

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
LS Danny Aiken – Concussion
OL Marcus Cannon -Hip
OL Dan Connolly – Ankle
DL Dominique Easley – Knee
DB Nate Ebner – Finger
OL Cameron Fleming – Ankle/Finger
DE Chandler Jones – Hip
WR Brandon LaFell – Shoulder
RB Shane Vereen – Ankle

FULL PARTICIPATION
QB Tom Brady – Ankle
WR Julian Edelman – Thigh

GREEN BAY PACKERS (8-3)

OUT
No players listed.

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
CB Jarrett Bush – Groin
G T.J. Lang – Ankle
LB Nick Perry – Shoulder

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
TE Brandon Bostick – Hip
G Josh Sitton – Toe

FULL PARTICIPATION
No players listed.

Patriots Vs Packers Capsule

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NEW ENGLAND (9-2) at GREEN BAY (8-3)

Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, CBS

OPENING LINE — Packers by 3

RECORD VS. SPREAD — New England 7-4, Green Bay 5-5-1

SERIES RECORD — Tied 5-5.

LAST MEETING — Patriots beat Packers 31-27, Dec. 19, 2010

LAST WEEK — Patriots beat Lions 34-9; Packers beat Vikings 24-21

AP PRO32 RANKING — Patriots No. 1, Packers No. 2

PATRIOTS OFFENSE — OVERALL (7), RUSH (15), PASS (6)

PATRIOTS DEFENSE — OVERALL (14), RUSH (14), PASS (17)

PACKERS OFFENSE — OVERALL (9), RUSH (18), PASS (8)

PACKERS DEFENSE — OVERALL (23), RUSH (30), PASS (13)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Packers beat Patriots 35-21 in Super Bowl after 1996 season in New Orleans, with Desmond Howard winning Most Valuable Player award. … Matchup of only two teams in league to make playoffs each of last five seasons. … Patriots have won 14 straight against NFC North teams, including 3-0 this season — longest current streak by team against another division. … Patriots playing fourth straight game against first-place opponent. They won previous three as part of seven-game winning streak. … QB Tom Brady has 63 300-yard passing games, tied with Dan Marino for third on NFL career list behind Peyton Manning (90) and Drew Brees (84). … Offense has scored 40 or more points four times in 2014, one behind franchise mark set in 2012. … With 1,140 points, K Stephen Gostkowski needs 19 to pass Adam Vinatieri to become franchise career scoring leader. … TE Rob Gronkowski stands one touchdown short of becoming first tight end with four seasons of double-digit touchdowns. … LB Rob Ninkovich has 13 fumble recoveries since 2010, most in league in that span. … First meeting between Brady and Packers QB Aaron Rodgers as starters. … Rodgers’ 119.2 passer rating leads NFL. … Packers have won six in row at home against AFC teams when Rodgers starts. … WR Jordy Nelson with three touchdown catches of 65 yards or more this season has most by Packer since WR Antonio Freeman had four in 1998. … Eddie Lacy with 100-plus yards from scrimmage and receiving touchdown in three straight games is first Packers running back to do so. … DE-LB Julius Peppers first player in NFL history with 100 career sacks and four interception returns for touchdowns. … DB Micah Hyde has two interceptions and sack in last three games.

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Patriots a road underdog

Tom Brady and the Patriots underdogs once again this season.

Tom Brady and the Patriots underdogs once again this season.

The Patriots will be a road underdog again, this time against the Packers. The Pack attackers are favored by 3 points over the Patriots.

Here are the full odds for week 13.

Date & Time Favorite Spread Underdog Total Money Odds
11/27 12:30 ET At Detroit    -7 Chicago 46.5 -$330 +$270
11/27 4:30 ET At Dallas    -3 Philadephia 56 -$170 +$150
11/27 8:30 ET At San Francisco    -1.5 Seattle 40 -$125 +$105
11/30 1:00 ET At Indianapolis    -9.5 Washington 51 -$550 +$425
11/30 1:00 ET At Houston    -7 Tennessee 43 -$310 +$260
11/30 1:00 ET At Buffalo    -3 Cleveland 41 -$155 +$135
11/30 1:00 ET At Baltimore    -6 San Diego 46 -$260 +$220
11/30 1:00 ET NY Giants    -3 At Jacksonville 44.5 -$150 +$130
11/30 1:00 ET Cincinnati    -3.5 At Tampa Bay 44.5 -$195 +$170
11/30 1:00 ET At St. Louis    -7 Oakland 42.5 -$320 +$260
11/30 1:00 ET At Pittsburgh    -4.5 New Orleans 53.5 -$215 +$185
11/30 1:00 ET At Minnesota    -2.5 Carolina 42.5 -$145 +$125
11/30 4:05 ET Arizona    -2.5 At Atlanta 44.5 -$140 +$120
11/30 4:25 ET At Green Bay    -3 New England 58.5 -$170 +$150
11/30 8:30 ET Denver    -2 At Kansas City 50 -$130 +$110
                                               Monday Night Football Odds
12/1 8:30 ET Miami    -7 At NY Jets 42 -$300 +$250

Patriots reach contract extension with Matthew Slater

Matthew Slater with Rober Kraft after the win Sunday. (Photo By: David Silverman)

Matthew Slater with Rober Kraft after the win Sunday.
(Photo By: David Silverman)

The Patriots have agreed to a contract extension with special team’s ace Matthew Slater, according to ESPN’s Field Yates.

Slater’s contract was ending after the season, but the Pats extended it two more years worth $4 million.

He has spent his 7 year career with the Patriots, making 99 tackles.

 

Patriots remain atop the Power Rankings

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The Patriots remain atop the ESPN Week 13 Power Rankings after beating the Lions on Sunday, 34 – 9. The Lions meanwhile, fell from 7th to 13th. The Pats next opponent the Packers, jumped from number 3 to number 2 on ESPN.

On NFL.com, the Pats remain at number 1. The Lions fell 3 spots to number 11. The Packers make the 1 spot jump on NFL.com also to number 2 overall.

To see the full rankings on NFL.com follow the link! http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000434244/article/nfl-power-rankings-week-13-cardinals-fall-in-top10-shakeup

To see ESPN.com’s full rankings look below!

RANK TEAM / RECORD TRENDING COMMENTS
1

Last Week: 1

The Pats just beat their third straight division-leading opponent by at least 20 points. Can they make it four (and eight straight overall wins) in Lambeau on Sunday?
2

1
Last Week: 3

Eddie Lacy posted his second 100-yard rushing game of the season against the Vikings. His first? Week 5, also against Minnesota. He hasn’t rushed for 70 yards in any other game.
3

1
Last Week: 4

Sunday was Peyton Manning’s third-career win (and first since 2003) when trailing by more than 10 points after three quarters. Denver’s 20-2 at home in the past three seasons.
4

2
Last Week: 2

Drew Stanton was 14-of-26 for 149 yards and an interception against the Seahawks. The Cardinals were held below 14 points for the first time this season.
5

1
Last Week: 6

Dez Bryant caught his 49th and 50th career touchdowns Sunday night. According to Elias, only six players needed fewer games to reach 50 career receiving touchdowns than Bryant (70).
6
Eagles
8-3

2
Last Week: 8

The Eagles have won 10 straight games in Philadelphia, their longest home winning streak since 1991-93 (11 games). Philly finished undefeated against the AFC South this season.
7

4
Last Week: 11

Russell Wilson was 11-of-13 for 153 yards against at least five pass-rushers Sunday. He was 5-of-14 against the Cardinals’ blitz in the Seahawks’ home loss to Arizona last season.
8
Colts
7-4

1
Last Week: 9

Indianapolis has 11 straight wins against divisional opponents and five straight wins against the Jaguars, outscoring Jacksonville 161-43 in those games. The Colts fumbled six times Sunday and still won handily.
9
49ers
7-4

1
Last Week: 10

Anquan Boldin had nine catches for 137 yards and a touchdown Sunday, his first 100-yard game of the season. The 34-year-old is ninth in the league in receptions (65).
10
Bengals
7-3-1

3
Last Week: 13

A.J. Green has caught 18-of-24 targets for 248 yards in the past two weeks, showing no lingering effects from his toe injury. Back-to-back road wins look good for Cincinnati.
11
Ravens
7-4

3
Last Week: 14

Justin Forsett rushed for 170 yards between the tackles. Le’Veon Bell is the only other player with more than 150 yards between the tackles in a game this season.
12
Chiefs
7-4

7
Last Week: 5

The Chiefs are allowing a league-worst 5.0 yards per rush this season. They’ve also allowed only two rushing touchdowns this season, half as many as every other team. Hmmm.
13
Lions
7-4

6
Last Week: 7

Matthew Stafford had the lowest completion percentage (39.1 percent) in a game of his career Sunday. Stafford set season-low completion percentages targeting Megatron (40 percent) and Golden Tate (40 percent).
14

2
Last Week: 12

Pittsburgh should be rested and has three more games at home. What could decide the division? Pittsburgh has yet to play the Bengals this season.
15

1
Last Week: 16

Philip Rivers was 8-for-8 for 108 yards and a touchdown against the blitz Sunday. Rivers’ receivers gained 205 yards after the catch, their highest total since Week 12 last year.
16
Browns
7-4

1
Last Week: 17

Welcome back. Brian Hoyer targeted Josh Gordon 17 times Sunday, tied for the most by any player in a game this season. Gordon finished with eight catches for 120 yards.
17

2
Last Week: 15

Ryan Tannehill’s 84.8 QBR at Denver was his fourth game this season with an 80-plus QBR, the same number of games in which he’s posted a QBR below 30.
18
Bills
6-5

1
Last Week: 19

Buffalo’s four-man rush was fierce Monday night. The Bills sacked Jets quarterbacks a season-high seven times, including six with standard pressure. No one has more sacks with standard pressure than Buffalo (34).
19
Bears
5-6

4
Last Week: 23

The only team to allow more points per game than the Bears (27.6) this season are the Jaguars (27.7). Chicago was third in points allowed only two years ago.
20
Texans
5-6

2
Last Week: 18

Ryan Mallett was 1-of-9 for 22 yards on throws at least 15 yards downfield Sunday. Mallett’s the second quarterback this season to attempt that many without multiple completions (EJ Manuel).
21
Saints
4-7

1
Last Week: 20

New Orleans has lost three straight home games for the first time since dropping four in a row spanning the 2006-07 seasons. Still, who else is there in the NFC South?
22

1
Last Week: 21

Atlanta has yet to beat a team from outside the NFC South (0-7). They are 4-0 in division, with games remaining against the Saints and Panthers.
23
Rams
4-7

1
Last Week: 22

The Rams just gave away Sunday’s game. They allowed a league-high seventh defensive touchdown, and Shaun Hill threw a late interception from the Chargers’ 4-yard line down by three points.
24

Last Week: 24

Teddy Bridgewater’s 40.8 Total QBR is fifth-worst in the league. Bridgewater also still has road games against the Dolphins (first in QBR allowed) and Lions (second) this season.
25
Panthers
3-7-1

Last Week: 25

Losers of five straight, the 3-7-1 Panthers are still very much in the hunt in the NFC South with games left against all three divisional opponents. Somehow, the opportunity’s there.
26
Giants
3-8

Last Week: 26

Odell Beckham Jr. is a definite bright spot. Beckham had eight catches for 125 yards and a pair of touchdowns in just the first half Sunday night, including that incredible catch.
27

2
Last Week: 29

Was that ineffective enough for Jay Gruden? Robert Griffin III was the first quarterback since Jay Cutler in Week 4 of 2010 to finish with negative yards on non-play-action dropbacks.
28
Titans
2-9

1
Last Week: 27

The only quarterbacks with a lower QBR than Zach Mettenberger this year are Geno Smith and Blake Bortles. With Tennessee headed for a high draft pick, how long’s his leash?
29

1
Last Week: 30

Tampa Bay has lost six of its past seven games and looks closer to the first overall pick than first place in the division. Still, the Bucs aren’t technically out.
30
Jets
2-9

2
Last Week: 28

The worst unit on the Jets this year might be the secondary. The Jets have allowed a league-worst 17.8 yards per attempt on throws at least 15 yards downfield.
31
Raiders
1-10

1
Last Week: 32

Raiders win! Derek Carr was 7-of-14 on third down with six conversions Thursday, including 4-for-4 with four first downs targeting James Jones. Move aside, 2008 Lions.
32
Jaguars
1-10

1
Last Week: 31

Jacksonville’s last in points scored and points allowed. Teams cannot do worse than that, but the Jaguars will always have that Week 7 win over the Browns (and maybe the first pick).

Tom Brady talks Lions, Packers, and Odell Beckham’s catch

Tom Brady celebrates with teammate Matthew Slater after beating the Lions. (Photo By: David Silverman)

Tom Brady celebrates with teammate Matthew Slater after beating the Lions.
(Photo By: David Silverman)

Tom Brady joined WEEI’s  Dennis & Callahan radio show for his weekly Monday call.

Brady said even though the team is 9-2 there are a lot of improvements ahead.

“I think it’s a week-to-week thing,” he said. “At different times over the course of the year we’ve done a lot of things really well, and you really want them to all come together on game day. I’m sure there’s always things we can get better at. I thought we did a lot of good things offensively yesterday, but I think we could have been even better. You’ve just got to go out there every week trying to improve and stay sharp and improve things that have shown up over the course of the season and we haven’t done as well consistently.

“It’s great to win, but as always when you win it’s never as good as you think, and when you lose it’s never as bad as you think. We’ll go in today and watch the film and talk about all the things we can do better. We obviously are playing well, we’ve got a lot of good things going. We’re continuing to be tested, because we’ve played a lot of good opponents here the past bunch of weeks, and now we’ve got another one coming up on Sunday.”

Brady also talked about Gray’s punishment of not playing Sunday.

“Those are always coach’s decisions to do certain things,” Brady said. “It’s unfortunate for everybody involved. You never want to see those things, because all these guys are important to us, and Jonas is a big part of our team and a big part of the reason why we won a huge game in our season. You just hate to see someone disciplined, but that’s just the way coach decided to handle it.”

Brady also talked about Revis and his dominance this season.

“If you play a team that has a great player on the other side of the ball, you’ve got to do things offensively to try to not allow that guy to make a lot of plays,” Brady said. ” Even for me, I’m on the sideline watching, and I see pass after pass go in his direction. When we played him, we didn’t necessarily do that. But every team chooses what they want to do, and they obviously don’t feel like throwing over there is a big deal. But it’s great when they do it, because he covers so well.

“I always think the most impressive thing is how he defends passes without getting penalties. There’s always a fine line between just a little pull here or a little tug there. I think Revis does such a great job of there’s contact where it’s legal and his hands are off and he’s got such great anticipation and quickness and savvy and ball skills and timing for the ball. You may get him once on something, but you’ll never get him twice.”

Brady downplayed people saying the game against the Packers is a possible Super Bowl preview.

“We’re so far from that,” Brady said. “We’ve got so many games. If we’re lucky enough to make it there, nobody cares who we play. That’s so far down the road. We think about the one game we have ahead of us, which is a good opponent. We’ve got nine wins, we’ve done a good job getting ourselves to this position. Now this is when the weather turns, the mental toughness, the discipline, how much we’ve improved really comes into play.

“We’re playing one of the best teams in the league. This team plays better — they play like we do at home, they always play good. We’ve got our work cut out for us. They’ve got a great offense, they’ve got a great defense, they do a lot of things defensively that are a challenge for us. They’ve got a good rush, they’ve got good coverage, they play the run well and they can score a lot of points.

“It’s fun going to Lambeau. I’ve only been there once. I think I’ve been there for a preseason game, but only once in the regular season. And we won, which was great. I’d love to get to 2-0.”

Brady also gave his thoughts on Dominic Raiola’s hit that many think was a cheap shot on DE Zach Moore.

“I don’t know, I didn’t really see the play. … I just think you’ve always got to go out there and protect yourself. We’re not going to quit. They’re not going to quit. And then some people get pissed off, and then emotions get the best of you. When you’re out there you’ve got to do everything you can to not take any play for granted, you’ve got to protect yourself. If someone’s going to try to cut you down, then you’ve got to play it like it’s a regular play. If we’re not going to take a knee — unless they want to stop playing and tell us, ‘Look, we’ll stop playing,’ and we’ll stop playing and we’ll just win, let’s just do that. But that’s not the way it goes. You play until the end of the game. You play until there’s no time left. If people don’t want to play that way then you’ve just got to understand the way it is and then play accordingly.”

Brady talked about Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr’s amazing 3 fingers catch.

“Yeah, I saw it, and I couldn’t believe it. I kind of started laughing out loud. Ironically just before that they were showing those catches of him in the pregame, and then all of a sudden he did it again. To do it on a ball like that — the ball was almost behind his head, and it barely even bobbled in his hand. It like stuck and then just started rolling and he got it to his body. That was unbelievable. That guy is going to be a hell of a player.”

Brady also talked about Randy Moss’s amazing catches back in the day.

“Randy had two great one-handed catches. He had the one against the Jets, and he had one against Miami where a guy was on him. We were going toward the lighthouse at home one day and he made a phenomenal catch. Randy was one of the greatest receivers ever to play the game. He was a game-changing player. Every time he took the field he was just one of the biggest threats to ever take the field. He was phenomenal.”

(Transcript provided by WEEI.com)

 

Tom Brady talks the win over the Lions

Tom Brady talks to the media. (Photo From Patriots.com)

Tom Brady talks to the media.
(Photo From Patriots.com)

Tom Brady spoke to the media after the Patriots win over the Lions.

Q: What does it say about this team that you can run for 250 yards one week and throw 53 times the next and it results in pretty much the same thing: a lot of points?

TB: Yeah, we did a decent job so it was good to – I thought we got off to a good start and then played from ahead. We struggled a little bit there in the third quarter, but rallied there in the fourth. It was a good win. I thought a lot of guys made a lot of great plays. Some penalties really held us back from being a little bit more consistent, but it was a good game. Whatever it takes, we’re going to try to figure out, whatever it takes.

Q: Do you feel like you guys have a competitive advantage in the areas of coaching and preparation?

TB: We get great coaching and we get great preparation. This is the only place I’ve ever been, so I don’t know really how it goes in the other places, but I know as players we always feel very prepared. We work hard at it all week and we get one chance to go out and do it and execute it a week, so it’s fun when we win.

Q: Was it good to seeLeGarrette Blount back out there for you guys doing what he does?

TB: Yeah, he made some really great runs. He’s a big guy, he runs hard, and once he breaks your defense, he’s got a little bit of explosion so it was great to see on a couple of those big runs. We’re going to need a lot more of it.

Q: Is your mind already on to the Packers?

TB: I’ll let this one settle in for a little bit and then I’m sure tonight I’ll be getting after it. They’re a great football team. We’ve played a lot of those it seems lately. They‘re the next one on the schedule, so it will be a great challenge for us.

Q: It seemed you guys wanted to get the ball out fast against this defense. Were you able to do that?

TB: Yeah, we took some shots down the field that we didn’t come up with that I wish we would have hit, but had some good ball possession-type passes and we hit a few good runs and didn’t really make too many big plays, so I wish we could have done a little better job of that.

Q: How does Tim Wright always get open in the end zone?

TB: We ask ourselves the same thing. Every time we throw to him it’s a touchdown. We’ll try to find him more down there. He does a great job in the coverage and finds the open spots, makes the plays, so it was a big day for that.

Q: Do you feel for a guy Jonaslike Gray who had to stand and watch this game?

TB: Yeah, I know. I don’t have much comment on that. I love when everyone is out there contributing, so that’s usually the way I love it the most. Hopefully he’s out there next week.

Q: I know you’re focused on your offense, but has it been fun to watch your defense out there the last few weeks against three pretty good teams?

TB: Yeah, they’re playing great, it’s amazing what they’re able to do with another team’s passing game and shut the run down and really kind of suffocate the passing game. We see it in practice, so I’m glad some other people have to go against it too. They’ve got really good cover guys, good scheme, they’re athletic and they played great today.

Q: What do you think about how Josh McDaniels comes up with a different game plan each week? Does it keep you guessing?

TB: Yeah, Josh is the best. Josh is the best. He’s so smart, gets us all prepared. He’s a great coach. We’re lucky to have him.

Q: How has special teams kind of given this team a spark? If it’s not Julian Edelman it’s Danny Amendolaor someone else.

TB: Yeah, Danny made a phenomenal run there on the kick return. That really did spark us. We didn’t have a lot going there and then he made that huge play. It got us the short field. Jules had a great punt return that got called back; that would have been incredible. Those guys are both dangerous with the ball in their hands. This is the time of year where the kicking game really comes into play. You get – not necessarily today – but the weather plays a factor in the kicking game and you get some missed kicks and you get some good returns and good opportunities. Those guys do a great job when they get it, so it’s been fun to see.

Q: This was supposed to be a really tough stretch, but how much of a difference does it make when you see that balance and see how much you can spread it around to different guys?

TB: It’s great when we can spread it around to different guys and it makes us tough to defend. I thought we did a good job of that trying to find out matchups and making the plays. There’re a lot of guys that are making plays out there: Gronk [Rob Gronkowski], Tim [Wright], Jules [Julian Edelman], JoJo [Brandon LaFell]. We’ve got a lot of guys that are contributing, so it’s a lot of fun.

Q: Today was the Salute to Service military appreciation game. Did that make the win that much more special knowing that there were a lot of service men and women in the audience?

TB: Yeah, absolutely. It’s been a fun couple games. Thanking a lot of the guys that have come out – the men and women who have served. Those people and what they’ve sacrificed for us is incredible. Coach [Bill] Belichick has a long history with the navy and he keeps us really well school on Veterans Day and Memorial Day and obviously the last two [Salute to Service] games, so we’re very appreciative and very thankful.

Q: You were asked about coaching and preparation and this team’s understanding of complementary football. After a slow start today, how much appreciation do you have, knowing that you guys will eventually find your stride offensively, that the other units complement what you have?

TB: Well everyone is linked together, so we all feed off each other. Offense, defense, special teams, you need those big plays. We talk about situational football and complementary football quite a bit and it’s exactly what you said: when you’re down and out on offense, the defense does some things to spark it, special teams takes advantage of it and makes a play and then offensively we finally get some momentum based on what they’ve done for us. That’s a very important thing and we’ve found ways to do that and it’s helped us score some points. We’re going to need that here coming

(Transcript provided by Patriots.com)