Saints vs. Packers Predictions: Aaron Rodgers To Light Up New Orleans Secondary?

Cian FaheyFeatured ColumnistSeptember 8, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - AUGUST 26: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers gets sacked by Dwight Freeney #93 of the Indianapolis Colts during the first half of an NFL preseason game at Lucas Oil Stadium on August 26, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Offenses expect to be on top tonight as the NFL's curtain-raiser features Drew Brees with the New Orleans Saints traveling to face off against the Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers.

However, what may be lost in the buildup is the fact that both teams have fantastic secondaries.

Everyone knows about the Packers secondary after last season but the Saints will be trying to create more signature moments as opposed to Marshawn Lynch just blasting through them from the playoffs last year.

The Saints get a tough start as they try to cope with the seemingly endless list of weapons at Aaron Rodgers' disposal. However, what will really hurt the Saints secondary is not actually the players in coverage but the lack of disruption upfront.

Losing Will Smith to suspension so late in the preseason will really hurt the Saints for the first two games of the year. Smith would have been the leader of a stout defensive line playing across from rookie Cameron Jordan but now Jordan will be the one looked at to get Rodgers on the ground.

Without Smith, the Saints secondary will have to spend a lot more time trying to cover the Packers receivers, which is a difficult task at the best of times.

The Saints secondary is very good but like most secondaries, it is not filled with big players. The Packers' three main targets are physically overwhelming. Jermichael Finley is one of the most physically gifted tight ends in the league and just needs to overcome his injury from last year to be an elite tight end this year.

Finley is a matchup nightmare on his own but with wide receivers like Donald Driver and Greg Jennings who are built like running backs outside of him, it is going to be impossible for the Saints to prevent Rodgers from lighting up the scoreboard.

Tracy Porter and Jabari Greer are fantastic cover corners but neither will be able to handle Jennings or Driver's physicality on a consistent basis.

Patrick Robinson has apparently impressed in the preseason, so he could see a lot of time on the field, but the Packers have such a deep receiving corps it will be difficult for him to make an impression. Jordy Nelson and James Jones have been demoted to fourth and fifth receivers because of the return of Finley and Randall Cobb being able to make plays at sixth on the depth chart.

Aaron Rodgers has way too many weapons for the New Orleans Saints secondary to contain them all.