Green Bay is 2-0 entering a contested battle of NFC powerhouses. New Orleans and Green Bay have consistently been high performing offenses that fall short in the postseason, “wasting the prime of their Hall of Fame quarterbacks.” Rodgers and Brees are regularly knocked for their one Super Bowl win as if they’re easily attainable outside of Brady/Belichick.
For the talent and promise of both QBs, these teams have only faced off 5 times in Rodgers career, with the first one being a 52-3 Packers victory in 2005. Rodgers was a rookie completing his first NFL pass in garbage time which was his only attempt of the game. In the other 4 games, the Packers have split results, with the home team winning in all 4 games. Rodgers has a combined 5 interceptions in the 2 games at the dreaded Superdome. Meanwhile, Drew Brees averages 363.7 yards passing yards per game versus Green Bay in his career. Most vs any opponent for him, granted he had the luxury of facing Dom Capers defenses.
Waiting until Sunday night for Packer football is a fast track to the Sunday scaries. Add in three hours of Drew Brees checking it down 5 yards, might be even worse. To make matters worse, Green Bay’s injuries are piling up like a Louisiana levee.
Both teams are projected to be missing star wide receivers, Davante Adams (hamstring) and Saints Michael Thomas (high ankle). Green Bay has questionable tags on young stars Kenny Clark, Darnell Savage and standout lineman Elgton Jenkins. Packers league leading rushing attack with Aaron Jones, will be the main factor of success going head to head against Alvin Kamara. Either way it’s a recipe for a well contested Sunday Night Football game in the Bayou.
Don’t see him shattering his averages although when Davante missed time last year, Aaron Rodgers led the Packers to a 4-0 record in that span. Stats will be TBD but QB1 always puts the team on his back in big moments.
Prediction: Rodgers throws for 220 yards and 1 TD
He faces an uphill battle against a tough New Orleans defense that is 8th in rushing yards allowed. With 86 yards per game at home compared to 116 on the road. Luckily for Green Bay, Aaron Jones defies the hate and is dashing through defenses each week in a race to get his bright lights shades on. Aaron Jones ability to showcase in the run game as well as making acrobatic catches, ensures he is to see some of Davante’s lost targets. With the variations of use and motions, expect LaFleur to strategically get the ball in his superstars hands who already led the team in catches against Detroit.
Prediction: Jones rushes for 55 yards with 2 TDs and catches 6 passes for 75 yards
With Adams out, Lazard’s big frame will be monumental for the passing game to move against an aggressive secondary. Expect to see higher volume for Lazard than last weeks 3 catches for 45 yards. Rodgers can look to use Lazard and the mixed bag of TEs in the same capacity Las Vegas gashed this Saints defense with Darren Waller. He hauled in 12 catches for 103 yards on Monday Night.
Hit or miss
The saints defense looked suspect against the speedsters from Las Vegas but were fortunate Derek Carr wasn’t able to see the opportunities. Aaron Rodgers will take advantage of every deep ball as he continues to show trust in the young wide receiver who has battled tough plays for this offense.
Robert Tonyan/Jace Sternberger
Have faith both of these guys will be involved as the TE group is blocking tremendously for the rushing attack. Bobby Touchdowns finally got into the endzone last week after a year of me envisioning it to be true. He only had one other catch totaling 2 for 25 yards. Jace had the unfortunate drops but have patience in these young guys to learn the offense and fill in when called upon.
My heart is telling me Packers by a country mile. Despite the Packer defense possibly being able to shutdown the Saints passing game, expect Kamara to burst through for monumental play in addition to the peppering of catches from checkdown plays. Also expect Saints to game plan Emmanuel Sanders in after the disappointment performance last week.
Hard to bet against an offense that’s scored 40+ in back to back games. Also hard to bet against Sean Payton at home in primetime. Green Bay can’t risk getting behind early against this talented of a team. Personally think the Packers fight throughout, ultimately coming up short in the Superdome again. Drew Brees sneaks out with a 27-21 win.
Praying my guts wrong but will maintain hope in the Green and Gold.
Go Pack Go