Packers: 3 bold predictions for Week 4 matchup vs. Patriots

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Packers shut out Patriots

Green Bay won’t just intercept Brian Hoyer three times, but the defense will shut out New England completely.

The Patriots’ offense has struggled to score points so far this season. They are averaging just 16.7 points per game, eighth-lowest in the NFL. It won’t get any easier without Mac Jones, either.

The Packers, meanwhile, have been tough on opposing offenses. They have the sixth-best scoring defense through three games, allowing an average of just 15 points per game.

Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers couldn’t get anything going last week until finally scoring a touchdown on their final drive when the Packers were playing conservative defense. The Chicago Bears also struggled to score against the Packers, putting up only 10 points in Week 2.

The Patriots have been struggling to put up points already this year. Now they likely enter Week 4 with a backup quarterback, on the road, against a dominant defense.

One area Green Bay needs to improve is defense on the opening drive. Joe Barry’s unit has allowed two touchdowns and a field goal on opening possessions in the first three games.

If they can set the tone in the first quarter and build an early lead, the Patriots’ offense could become one-dimensional.

The Packers’ defense has a chance to make a statement this week.