When New Orleans Has the Ball
The New Orleans offense is powered by quarterback Drew Brees, but the run game is equally important. During the 2010 season the Saints' running game struggled due to injuries at the running back position, and when the run game stalled so did Brees' production. The key for winning the game is a solid run game by New Orleans, something that can be hard to do against the Green Bay Packers.
Green Bay's defense is stout, even after losing starter Cullen Jenkins to Philadelphia in free agency. Clay Matthews, Nick Collins, B.J. Raji, Charles Woodson and Tramon Williams are all exceptional players that the Saints must identify on every down. If Matthews and Raji aren't accounted for pre-snap, they'll wreak havoc on the Saints' backfield.
When Green Bay Has the Ball
The Green Bay offense, much like New Orleans, is based on the solid passing of Aaron Rodgers with a little help from the running game. Again, much like New Orleans, the Packers run gam struggled last season due to injury, putting much of the focus on Rodgers. The offensive line in Green Bay is good enough, but a heavy pass rush and blitz can throw them off. If anyone can design a blitz package to stop the Packers offense, it's Gregg Williams- defensive coordinator of the Saints.
New Orleans has a bigger defensive line this year, so expect to see a strong base presence of Sedrick Ellis, Shaun Rogers and Aubrayo Franklin up front with pass rushers aplenty outside of them.
New Orleans: Brees, Mark Ingram, Marques Colston, Jabari Greer, Jimmy Graham
Green Bay: Rodgers, Greg Jennings, Jermichael Finley, B.J. Raji, Clay Matthews
Prediction: Green Bay 34, New Orleans 27
If the Packers can shut down the Saints' running game they'll be able to tee off on Drew Brees and the Saint passing game. The stout Packers defense should have no trouble shutting down the run and finding ways to pressure Brees.