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Prediction: Green Bay over New Orleans
Result: Packers 42 Saints 34
The Point After
Is it possible that the season could have started with a better game? I doubt it. In fact, the game has a place as one of the best I’ve seen in years. Thursday night the Packers proved that there is not a championship hangover in Green Bay and they are ready to defend their Super Bowl title.
Aaron Rodgers played like the champion he is, throwing for 312 yards and three touchdowns. He looked comfortable in the pocket and proved how accurate and dangerous he can be on the field completing 27-for-35. Rookie Randall Cobb also showed his stripes as took a kickoff return 108 yards for the score in the third quarter.
On the other side of the ball, Drew Brees (32-for-49) didn’t look too shabby himself racking up 419 yards and three touchdowns. Of course that’s not the problem the Big Easy will be asking themselves. Brees didn’t look protected in the pocket. He was sacked three times and rushed several passes. In the end, the Saints were only able to make one strike while in the red zone (1-for-5), while the Packers proved why they took home the trophy last year getting a perfect score in the red zone.
With a game as amazing as this you know it all had to come down to the very last play—zero seconds on the clock, ball on the 1-yard line and the Saints needing a touchdown and two-point conversion to tie up the game. Then, in a very strange choice, the Saints decided to go with a run play handing the ball to rookie Mark Ingram, who couldn’t break the plane.
So where will we see these two teams going? Well despite the loss the Saints took, they showed that they are still a force to be reckoned with. Look out for them to bring their best when the Bears visit New Orleans next week.
As for Green Bay, let’s just say if I were a Packers fan I wouldn’t be worried at all. Can they defend their Super Bowl title? If they play like they did on Thursday I’d say they stand a damn good shot. Look for them to pummel the Panthers next week in Carolina.