The New Orleans Saints for all intents and purposes should win their 2011 NFL season debut against the Green Bay Packers. These two teams are matched pretty evenly as both teams are offensive minded with extremely opportunistic defense’s.
The Packers are clearly the favorite to repeat again this year, no matter what the outcome of this game. New Orleans however is content to be under the radar, but are anxious to prove the naysayers wrong after last seasons play-off collapse against the Seattle.
Last season the Saints failed to have enough quality running backs, moreover ones in good health, which kept the team from moving forward in the playoffs.
This year they made some moves to solidify that position, and in doing so, have assembled the strongest group of running backs the team has had in recent history.
In a surprising move they traded their first round pick in 2012 to get back in the first round of this years draft and grab Alabama running back Mark Ingram, a former Heisman Trophy winner.
So far in training camp he has looked outstanding running with the first team offense.
New Orleans was already returning running backs Pierre Thomas and Chris Ivory the leading rushers for the Saints in 2009 and 2010.
Earlier this off-season the team traded Reggie Bush to Miami for yet undisclosed draft compensation, and promising safety prospect Jonathon Amaya.
The same day Bush was trade, they added free agent running back Darren Sproles, who by all accounts is performing better then Reggie had inside the Saints offense.
Now suddenly a running back core that had been completely decimated by injury, and was one of the weakest spots on the roster, is suddenly perhaps one of the deepest positions on the roster with Thomas, Ingram, Sproles and Ivory.
While the Green Bay Packers hold the overall edge in head to head meetings against the New Orleans Saint (7-14), the Saints have won three of the last four contests including a 51-29 blowout the last time the two teams met in November of 2008.
This match up will feature the last two Superbowl winning teams, and both are ready to show the rest of the NFL that they will be the team to contend with in the NFC this season.