Their No. 10 ground attack against the Jaguars’ No. 21 run defense is the key to opening up everything else in the offense. Even though Rex Burkhead is expected to return, Dion Lewis should keep dominating touches. Because of Lewis’ much-improved work between the tackles and still-dynamic ability as an outlet receiver in open field, he keeps the Patriots at their most unpredictable and versatile.
The Jaguars have been much better in stopping the run since they acquired tackle Marcell Dareus at midseason. He’ll be in there for base 4-3 sets. If the Patriots go two-back with fullback James Develin as a lead blocker for Lewis, it will help, but that would also limit the number of receiving options.
Expect New England to be patient about establishing power, because Brady will need it to keep the “Sacksonville” pass rush at bay early and wear it down late. Balance is critical for Brady to hit on any big pass plays.
The Christian Hackenberg experiment continues to go poorly. Hackenberg started for the Jets against the Lions, with the hope being that he could manage to start and put some throws together, maybe put a little heat on Josh McCown, maybe give Jets fans some hope.
is fault, and that’s why Hackenberg is being pulled from the game at the break.
Todd Bowles told CBS Hackenberg is done for the night. On Hack’s performance: “We’re not giving him a chance. We have to block for him.”
The Packers are going to want to let Bennett, who is a strong run blocker as well, diversify their formations. But they’re also going to want to use him as a short-yardage red-zone weapon. Good luck covering him with a linebacker like that.
“They don’t have to do it here in front of the flag,” Rose said. “It’s just the wrong place to do it. .?.?. There’s five people in our section in my row that we have tickets together, my family. Two of them didn’t come today. And the tickets are going to waste. They didn’t want somebody else to have it. They wanted that seat to be empty. I respect that.”