I love presenting three statistics to all of our FPC readers each week prior to the Patriots games. I love expanding on these numbers, comparing the Pats and their opponents, and trying to highlight some key things to look for.
This week is different, if any game all year deserves the prime time slot, it is this one. Brady vs Rodgers. A debate that gets even more attention than LeBron James vs Michael Jordan. Jordan even did a promo for NBC in anticipation of this matchup. I could go on and on about how much better Brady is, how his work ethic and team first attitude he has showed us throughout his career has proven why he is the GOAT. In my mind and in most of the New England faithful’s minds, Brady is far and away the best at what he does, but it will be a fun matchup on Sunday.
“Cali-boy” Aaron Rodgers couldn’t come out on top over “The Greatest Show on Surf” in the California sun at the LA Memorial Coliseum on Sunday. The excuses have been raining in all week, just like they have been his whole career. Meanwhile, Brady got another road win against the Bills on Monday night. Now the two teams, who are still trying to find their identities and reach their full potential, face off Sunday night in Foxborough, here are 3 stats to look for:
Stat One: 61.3%
Rodgers’ completion percentage being 61.3% is definitely worth noting. The Pats defense has struggled at times, but Green Bay has just the 13th best scoring offense in points per game. Rodgers should look into stepping up his game because the Pats are 4th in the NFL in that category and the 41 year old under center completes 67.5% of his passes.
Stat Two: 24.7
The Packers have allowed an average of 24.7 points per game. The Pats, on an “off night,” on the road, against an AFC East opponent put up 25. The chemistry should continue to build with Brady and Gordon, Jules is now in his 5th week of action, and James “Sweet Feet” White should thinking about changing his nickname to James “MVP” White.
Stat Three: .774
Again, I could go on all day. Tom Brady has a .774 win percentage in his career including the playoffs. He has only 68 losses since he entered the league. Rodgers has a .645 win percentage, which is great. But unfortunately not good enough to be the GOAT.
Sorry MJ, this week 9 matchup between the GOAT and a 3-3-1 QB does not decide who the GOAT is, but it will be a battle.
Kickoff is at 8:20pm Sunday on NBC and 98.5 The Sports Hub.
-Johnny Maffei is a Staff Writer for Full Press Coverage Sports Media and covers the New England Patriots. Follow him on Twitter @johnnyBSBL4