Saints vs. Packers: Who are the experts picking in Week 1?
The New Orleans Saints face the Green Bay Packers this Sunday afternoon and the game will be held in Jacksonville due to the damage from Hurricane Ida.
As of now, WynnBet has the Packers as 3.5-point favorites, and playing on a neutral field doesn’t help New Orleans’ case there. Even if the Saints were the home team, they’d probably be underdogs at the Caesars Superdome due to who the quarterback is on the other team.
Let’s check out who the experts are picking in this game. The results probably won’t shock you.
Saints vs. Packers – Expert Picks
Gregg Rosenthal (NFL.com) – Packers 29, Saints 26
"It wouldn’t surprise me if the Saints, forced to host the Packers in Jacksonvillebecause of Hurricane Ida, play with a higher purpose like the Jim Haslett Saints of 2005 did in their opener after Hurricane Katrina. But at some point, the matchups on the outside are too tilted."
Mike Triplett (ESPN) – Packers 27, Saints 22
Rob Demovsky (ESPN) – Packers 30, Saints 24
Pete Prisco (CBS Sports) – Packers 35, Saints 20
Bleacher Report – Packers 31, Saints 17
Well… New Orleans isn’t just an underdog when it comes to betting, as everyone in this group picked the Packers. This isn’t stunning considering everything that’s been thrown at them from having to find a new quarterback to not even getting to play in their home stadium.
The Packers are also the better team, largely because of their quarterback. Aaron Rodgers is one of the best quarterbacks in the league and he’s typically going to help the Packers be favored in most of their games.
This should only motivate the team even more, as no one seems to believe they have any shot at taking down the Packers. Green Bay is good but they’re not unbeatable and this game might not be in New Orleans but it’s also not up in Wisconsin either, meaning the Saints aren’t going to have to deal with all of the rabid Packers fans that show up to Lambeau.
Will New Orleans shock some people and come out of this game victorious? If they do, a lot of people will be eating their words.