Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers in 2014. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- Boston Globe NFL reporter Ben Volin and WBZ's Adam Kaufman preview this weekend's Pats-Packers game--just the second-ever meeting between Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers--and discuss the rest of the week's Patriots headlines in this week's Red Zone Report.
New England is rolling--five straight wins by an average of 15 points to storm to their rightful place atop the AFC East, and they've done it with several injuries mixed in. Volin said the team is really starting to round into form.
"They suffered a few of the dings and bruises that you always suffer during the football season, but they haven't had those crucial, season-changing guys who go on injured reserve yet," he said. "Now, the one to watch is obviously Gronkowski, and we'll see what happens with him this weekend, but I think overall they've been relatively healthy this year."
As for the Packers game, Kaufman noted that the injuries facing Green Bay's receiving corps--as well as the fact that they traded Ty Montgomery and Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix this week--could make it a not-too-tough match-up for the Pats.
"The Packers haven't won a game on the road yet this year, either," Volin said. "They just have not played well on the road. I caution against saying anything is easy when you're facing the Packers' offense and Aaron Rodgers, and the Patriots' defense, any time they've faced a tough quarterback this year, it's been tough to put them away ... Rodgers is like the bad guy in a horror movie, he never dies, he just keeps coming back."
Kaufman and Volin also talked about Gronkowski's health and frustrations this season, whether or not Sony Michel will return this weekend, Cordarrelle Patterson's performance at running back, if Brady will keep feeding James White, and how Brady and Rodgers' careers would look if they had been in each other's situations. Listen to the full interview below.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Adam Kaufman (@AdamMKaufman) reports