New England vs Green Bay prediction for the August 19th, 2023 NFL preseason game. Patriots vs Packers prediction.
The New England Patriots will be on the road on Saturday, August 19th, 2023. They will face the Green Bay Packers, who enter the game at +2.5 with Unibet (-103). Our New England vs Green Bay prediction is that the Packers will win this game by a field goal or better. Accordingly, we’re going with the Packers covering the spread in this game, and here’s why.
New England vs Green Bay Prediction: GB’s defense will be good
New England took a big step forward this week. They were able to acquire Ezekiel Elliott, a veteran running back that has been with the Dallas Cowboys for a number of years. While the signing is good for the Patriots for the whole season, it’s not clear just how much the transaction will help the Pats during the preseason.
Last week, the Patriots lost their preseason opener in an upset. The Houston Texans defeated New England by a score of 20-9. The only team New England has beaten in the last two preseasons combined, so far, is the Carolina Panthers. Furthermore, New England doesn’t look quite right defensively. Last week, they made two edgy quarterbacks, Davis Mills, and Case Keenum, look pretty decent.
Meanwhile, the Green Bay Packers, who won last week 36-19, had a good game defensively. They picked off each of the two quarterbacks that Cincinnati played, Trevor Siemian and Jake Browning. When the Bengals did score against Green Bay, it was only via the field goal (plus a defensive touchdown). At this point, you have to have some faith in Green Bay’s defense.
The Packers are more into this game than just -2.5. Our recommendation is to take the Packers to cover -2.5 in this game at odds of -103 with Unibet. This game is one of the later games with an 8:00 PM ET start time. The Packers will host the game at Lambeau Field.
Further reading: we got the Panthers vs Giants game right!