Green Bay Packers 2022 opponent preview: New England Patriots

Green Bay Packers, Aaron Rodgers (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)
Green Bay Packers, Aaron Rodgers (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images) /

A week after playing Tom Brady, the Green Bay Packers host the team where Brady won six of his seven Super Bowls.

Eight years after a classic between these two teams at Lambeau Field, they meet again in Green Bay.

What can we expect from the New England Patriots in Week 4?

Last season

Despite entering the season with rookie quarterback Mac Jones, the Patriots exceeded expectations, going 10-7.

They picked up some impressive wins on the way, including a road victory over the Buffalo Bills and a 45-7 win against the Cleveland Browns.

Jones impressed with 3,801 passing yards, 22 touchdowns, and 13 interceptions.

New England earned a wild-card berth but lost 47-17 to Buffalo.

When is the game?

The Packers host the Patriots in Week 4. It will be played at Lambeau Field on Sunday, Oct. 2, with a 3:25 p.m. CT kickoff.

Offseason additions/departures

The Patriots lost All-Pro and Pro Bowl cornerback J.C. Jackson in free agency. He signed with the Los Angeles Chargers. Guard Shaquille Mason signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

New England did get second-year quarterback Mac Jones some help by trading for wide receiver DeVante Parker.

Cornerback Malcolm Butler returned to the Patriots. He had spent time with the Tennessee Titans and Arizona Cardinals before retiring last year. But he’s now back with the Patriots.

The Patriots got Jones some more help with their top two draft picks, selecting guard Cole Strange and wide receiver Tyquan Thornton.

Last meeting with Packers

November 4, 2018: Patriots won 31-17 at Gillette Stadium

Player to watch

Mac Jones: Jones impressed as a rookie. If he can take a big step in year two, the Patriots can again be in contention for a playoff spot.

To win this game, the Packers will need to make life difficult for the 15th overall pick from the 2021 NFL Draft. For the Patriots to win, Jones needs to play well.