The Green Bay Packers haven’t lost a game at Lambeau Field this season, and that’s certainly not lost on Bill Belichick.
The head coach and his New England Patriots head to Green Bay, Wis., this Sunday, and they’re faced with the tall task of trying to stop a team that hasn’t scored less than 30 points at home and has dropped more than 50 points on its last two opponents there.
“We don’t play there very often, so our experience in that stadium is obviously very limited,” Belichick said in a conference call Tuesday. “No question, there’s a great tradition there, and their record is great there, and so that transcends a lot of teams and a lot of players and a lot of opponents.
“I think the thing that we have to focus on … is going in there this time of year with the potential elements and the conditions that we’re going to have to play in against a very good football team and the way they play and how we can try to gain some advantages with our matchups and our execution, overall game plan.”
The last time the Patriots played at Lambeau was in 2006, and they shut out the Packers 35-0. And while New England has done a fine job of dominating teams over its seven-game win streak, that won’t be easy to do against this season’s Packers.
“We have to try to find a way to try to be competitive in their home stadium where they’ve played exceptionally well in recent weeks, just extraordinary,” Belichick said. “It’s going to be a huge, huge challenge for us.”
For Belichick, the most important thing is to prevent Green Bay from running away with the game early. But whether or not that will end up being enough to beat Aaron Rodgers and the rest of the Pack remains to be seen.
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