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That is really all there is to say about so many things involving the Saints and the Packers.
Saints quarterback Drew Brees lost at home on opening day to a rookie. Wow.
The Saints are 0-3 and 0-2 in the Superdome. Wow.
The Packers are 1-2. Wow.
Aaron Rodgers was sacked eight times in one half last week in Seattle. Wow.
Oh yeah, the last play of the game in Seattle that sent the Pack to 1-2. Wow. Wow. Wow.
The Saints are the bigger story because they have the bigger problems. The Saints have struggled in all phases, evident by usually-surgical Drew Brees’ five interceptions and his career-worst 54.7 completion percentage.
The Saints have weapons which should not be overlooked. Any time a team has tight end Jimmy Graham, multidimensional Darren Sproiles, and receivers like Marques Colston and Lance Moore, that team has the ability to score points fast—but opposing teams are scoring faster.
The Saints defense is struggling to get to the sideline, as opposing teams possess the ball for 37:06.
Now, after games against Washington, Carolina, and Kansas City, the team travels to Lambeau Field to take on a Packers team that is upset and ultra-talented.
The Packers offensive line has been the biggest problem for the unit. Giving up eight sacks in two games is horrible enough, but to give up eight in 30 minutes is unheard of (actually, Seattle set a record for sacks in a half). The team also has problems running the football, which has forced the Packers to throw the ball on almost two-thirds of their offensive snaps.
This unbalanced attack is part of the reason defenses have gotten to Rodgers so much. Pass rushers don’t even have to respect the run, which allows them to pin their ears back and beeline straight to the quarterback.
Regardless, the Packer defense has been tremendous on third down. Clay Matthews, the NFL’s leader in sacks with six, will help Rodgers and the offense euthanize the Saints’ playoff hopes for good.
Score: Green Bay 37, New Orleans 24
Player: Aaron Rodgers looks like the league’s reigning MVP with 400 yards and four scores.