Under the impression that the visitors’ offense won’t be at full strength, the entire Patriots defense will need to rise to the occasion when the unit goes toe-to-toe with the Aaron Rodgers-led Packers offense. New England’s D also should be looking to make a statement after Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens moved the football with relative ease this past Sunday at Gillette Stadium.
One player who figures to help lead the charge for a bounce-back performance is Matthew Judon, who’s off to a strong start to the season on the heels of his 2021 nosedive. Rodgers knows Green Bay’s offensive line will have its hands full with the seventh-year pro.
“He’s got three sacks and 91’s (Deatrich Wise) got four, so they got a good pass rush,” Rodgers told reporters Wednesday, per a clip shared by FanNation. “Plus, they give you a ton of different looks, you know, with empty pressures, adjustments, checks of their own, delayed blitzes, spying — lot of different things they can do. So, we got to be aware of where he’s at because he’s a game-wrecker.”
There’s a decent chance Judon will be able to add to his season sack total at Lambeau Field. Rodgers, who was sacked a combined eight times in the Packers’ first three games, is playing behind a Green Bay O-line that’s currently dealing with injuries.