USA TODAY Sports NFL power rankings after Week 9 of the season, with the Saints moving at No. 1 and resembling the actual Super Bowl contenders.
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"He has a lot of precision," Belichick told Rodgers at a press conference in the middle week. "Very mobile in the pocket, expanding the games, very good vision in the field, using the rhythm well, being a very good player of the situation, is one of the great fighters of the National Football Federation.
Well, Belichick's message of defense during the game was not nearly as glamorous. The coach of the Patriots was small during the game. Let's see what he said in his defense for General Packers …
"Hold it in your pocket and try to throw us two tapes now, we'll get one, just drop it."
Rodgers had to take some chances he would not normally get, as the secondary patriots had an excellent job of sticking to the Packers receivers. but I certainly do not doubt that Rodgers would appreciate Belichick by saying he "just pushes him".
Belichick's prediction would not be a reality. Rodgers did not throw anything but New England's defense continued to keep the green balloon under control in the second half thanks to a brilliant game by Belichick and defense co-ordinator Brian Flores.