Can Green Bay Packers Keep Relaxing vs. New Orleans Saints Sunday?
The Green Bay Packers are 4-0 and Aaron Rodgers has thrown for at least three touchdowns in every game since telling fans to relax after losing to Detroit.
The Packers head into the Superdome, Sunday night, in primetime to face the New Orleans Saints. Green Bay is 5-2, while New Orleans is 2-4. The Saints have lost three out of four, but all of those games were on the road. At home, New Orleans is 2-0, which should make for an interesting match-up with the Packers. (Saints fans can blame me for their slow start because I picked them to go to the Super Bowl, earlier this year).
Plus, it's Rodgers vs. Drew Brees. An always exciting quarterback battle. Rodgers has thrown for 977 yards, 13 touchdowns and no interceptions since only scoring seven points against the Lions four weeks ago. Brees, meanwhile, has thrown seven touchdowns and three interceptions in the last four weeks. Including last week, when Brees and the Saints were up on the Lions. Brees threw a costly interception late in the fourth quarter that helped Detroit rally and win 24-23.
The Saints defense hasn't been very good in 2014, either. They are allowing teams to score 27.5 points every week. Green Bay's scored 38 (twice), 42 and 27 points over the last four weeks. So, New Orleans has a big task ahead of them with Rodgers' hot arm and receiving core that is finding its groove. Nelson and Cobb have combined for 1,164 yards and 14 touchdowns this season. Plus, rookie wideout Davante Adams has caught two touchdowns over the last three weeks.
The Packers defense, on the other hand, has allowed less than 20 points, four of the last five weeks.
Green Bay is firing on all cylinders right now and New Orleans needs a win. Can the Packers continue relax and pick up a win on the road or will the Saints extend their undefeated streak in the Superdome to three games, Sunday?
Saints: Jonathan Goodwin, Kyle Knox, Khiry Robinson and Pierre Thomas haven't practiced all week (as of Thursday). Broderick Bunkley, Jimmy Graham, Ramon Humber and Keenan Lewis have left practice on Wednesday and Thursday. Patrick Robinson has practiced all week.
Packers: Morgan Burnett and Sam Shields didn't practice, Wednesday or Thursday. Datone Jones and James Starks left practice, yesterday.
Packers fans can watch the game at 7:30 p.m. CDT, Sunday night, on NBC (KDLT-TV locally) and listen right here on ESPN 99.1.
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