Packer-Saints: Both Teams Need a Win

Sam TastadCorrespondent IIINovember 24, 2008

On Monday night, the Green Bay Packers visit the Superdome to take on the New Orleans Saints. Both teams are 5-5 and are at a point where they need to win.

Aaron Rodgers is coming off a great game against the Bears. He threw for 227 yards and two touchdowns. Rodgers has been a leader for the Packers and it shows on the football field. He has thrown 15 touchdowns to six interceptions this season. Favre's replacement has been consistent, but has had his share of bad games.

As the season winds down, Rodgers will have to show that he can play like a starter and lead this team. Greg Jennings and Donald Driver have been a huge part of Rodgers' success as well. They open up the field for him and create big plays. Ryan Grant has also come up big lately, especially against the Bears, when he ran for 145 yards and a touchdown.

The Packer's defense is coming off a great game as well. They held the Bears to three points and had one defensive touchdown. The Packers rank 15th in total offense and 15th in total defense.  In order for Green Bay to win tonight, everyone needs to step up and play hard for 60 minutes.

The Saints have been led by Drew Brees, who has played great all year. His team has been hit by injuries, however. Brees has 18 touchdowns to 11 interceptions, five 300-yard games, and two 400-yard games. He has definitely been a leader for this team this season.

Reggie Bush and Marques Colston have faced injuries this season, but have recently rebounded and should be on the field Monday night. Bush is questionable for the game, but his replacements have fared well. Deuce McAllister, Lance Moore, and Devery Henderson are just a few that have given the Saints a boost. The Saints rank No. 1 in total offense and 22nd in total defense.

Now, be sure to tune into tonight's game to see who wins. The game begins at 7:30 CT on ESPN.

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