This week was certainly one that Packers fans will never forget. In fact, I don't think NFL fans in general will forget about the drama of Week 3 of the 2012 season for quite some time.
That being said, the Green Bay Packers will be coming into this week with an enormous chip on their shoulders. The last time they needed a big "statement win," they pummeled the Chicago Bears 23-10 in Week 2.
The Packers come into this week angrier than ever. It is pretty safe to say that the fans at Lambeau Field this weekend will not accept anything but that very attitude.
Because the Packers want to exact revenge for the win that was stolen from them, and because they have some ground to make up in the standings (1-2), this game will mean a lot to the team.
Aside from all of the obvious motivations, maybe the biggest reason why this will be the Packers' game to lose is because this is actually the perfect matchup to get this team back to their dominant ways.
The New Orleans Saints not only come into this game at 0-3, but the teams to which they have lost have a combined 0-6 record against other teams in the NFL. The losses suffered from the bounty suspensions have very clearly taken their toll. The Saints simply are not the same team, especially when it comes to defense.
The Saints have allowed 34.0 points per game (30th in the NFL), as well as a horrendous 215.0 rushing yards per game (32nd) and 262.3 passing yards (25th) for a total of 477.3 yards per game allowed (32nd).
If there is any week for Green Bay's offense to explode, it would be this week.
The one place the Saints have still found success is their passing game, which is averaging 284.7 yards per game (sixth in the NFL).
However, Drew Brees has been very prone to interceptions with five already this season. The Packers defense not only thrives on intercepting the ball, but they have actually been the best pass defense in the NFL this season, giving up only 125.3 passing yards per game. That is incredible considering they allowed the most passing yards in NFL history last season. If you take away Russell Wilson's Hail Mary pass from last week, that number drops to 117.3 yards per game and only four touchdowns through the air.
It is safe to say that the Packers match up well against this Saints team. It will be interesting to see how they respond to all the controversy from this week. No matter what happens, fans will be excited to watch the Packers play again with the actual NFL referees.