The New Orleans Saints are favorites Sunday to beat the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. Nevertheless, the Black and Gold better be ready for a dogfight.
As the Saints were pounding the Detroit Lions last week, word came down that QB Aaron Rodgers got injured against the Vikings and left the game. That injury, a broken collar bone, will end Rodgers’ season. Of course, no one wants to see star players get hurt in the NFL. But the Saints are going to benefit from that loss. Even playing at Lambeau Field.
Confidence is riding high in Who Dat Nation. And it should be. The defense is forcing turnovers. Also, the defensive line is getting pressure. All of a sudden, the 0-2 Saints have become 3-2 playoff contenders. Coupled with losses by both Carolina and Atlanta, the New Orleans Saints are now just a half game back of the NFC South lead.
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The Saints seem to be gelling at the right time. This game also ends the brutal stretch of six games. Most of the experts figured that 3-3 would be an achievement at this point. Especially, after the 0-2 start this year.
Al things considered, the Black and Gold have managed to pull themselves together. The doomsday scenarios for this year have seemed to diminish. However, this game on the road is still against the Green Bay Packers.
The last time the Saints beat the Packers on Lambeau Field was 2006. Before that it was 1971! Sure, Drew Brees wasn’t playing quarterback for the last 40 years. But don’t expect this team to just lie down on Sunday.
Be that as it may, the Saints hold a 2-10 record overall in Green Bay. All signs point to a Saints win this Sunday. In my opinion though, the Saints should be underdogs. Even with a quarterback that’s never started an NFL game, the Saints are still a work in progress.
If the Saints can win this game, the schedule looks much softer going forward. No doubt, the outlook could be rosier. First and foremost, the Saints had better not be looking ahead. Expect a totally different game plan with QB Brett Hundley on the field. This guy can run.
Expect the unexpected. Hopefully, the Saints can take care of business on Sunday. Getting this win won’t be easy. The Saints had better bring their “A” game.