Vic Carucci of NFL.com, in his weekly appearance on The Big Show, said that the Packers -- who are likely to feature Matt Flynn instead of Aaron Rodgers as the quarterback -- have little chance of keeping up with the Patriots this weekend. While Green Bay's defense is highly regarded, Carucci did not feel that the Packers had the ability to match the scoring prowess of the Patriots, nor did their defense have the ability to contain New England's extremely efficient offense, which is now predicated on quick, short passes rather than stretching the field.

 

Six Patriots — defensive lineman Ron Brace, tight end Aaron Hernandez, cornerback Devin McCourty, nose tackle Myron Pryor, defensive lineman Gerard Warren and defensive lineman Mike Wright — are all questionable for Sunday's game against the Packers. Here's the complete report:

Did Not Participate
DL Ron Brace (concussion) questionable
TE Aaron Hernandez (flu) questionable
DL Myron Pryor (back) questionable
DL Mike Wright (concussion) questionable

Limited Participation

Peter King of Sports Illustrated and NBC Sports made his weekly appearance on the Dale & Holley show Friday and talked about the Patriots' resurgence and the team's success in bad weather.

 

"The Patriots just play, and they play football, despite whatever weather they're in," King said, adding: "They don't hunker down and say, 'OK, let's get 10 points on the board and try to stop them.' They keep attacking.

 

Though Aaron Rodgers is listed as doubtful for Sunday night's game against the Patriots while recovering from a concussion, the Packers quarterback was described as upbeat in the Green Bay locker room on Friday, and he has not been ruled out for the contest.

 

FOXBORO -- Rookie tight end Aaron Hernandez was one of four players not spotted at the start of Patriots practice on Friday as the team worked out in sweats and shells on the main stadium field. 

 

Also missing were defensive linemen Mike Wright, Ron Brace and Myron Pryor while Gerard Warren returned after missing practice on Wednesday and Thursday. 

 

Patriots running back Fred Taylor made his weekly appearance on the Dale & Holley show Friday morning and said he's trying to be as patient as possible while he waits for his chance to see more action.

 

"It's not the best situation that I've been in throughout my career," he said. "I'm used to playing. I'm used to playing, and I'm used to playing a lot. Right now at this point, that's not what's happening for me for now. But there is a process, and I understand that. Like I tell [son Kelvin]: 'Be patient and continue to chip away.'

Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo checked in with the Dale & Holley show Friday morning and talked about why the Patriots seem to be so far ahead of other teams when it comes to playing in inclement weather.

 

ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning and talked about the Patriots' incredible success of late.

 

"You can't watch them and not be impressed," he said, noting: "They've scored in their last five games 196 points, which is 32 more than the Panthers have scored in 13 games this season."

 

FOXBORO — It’s difficult to measure the impact of a single offensive lineman — there are no easy go-to stats.



One man's Week 15 NFL picks, made while trying to figure out if I should let my strength coach stand this close to the computer …

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San Francisco (+9.5) over SAN DIEGO 



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