Green Bay Packers Coming in Hot for Week 3

Two NFC North wins back to back?

While putting 40+ on the board both times?

And it’s only week three?

On the other hand, the Saints lost their first game of the season this past week to the Raiders. They gave up 34 points in the new 2 billion dollar Allegiant Stadium.

Packers Davante Adams was listed as “doubtful” after Friday’s final injury report (hamstring).

*Trying to put on a brave face after hearing Adams is most likely out this week*

While Matt LaFleur and Aaron Rodgers said they’d have no issues with Adams playing Sunday without practicing all week, I think it’s better to be safe rather than sorry in the long run.

Adams joins the list of “doubtfuls” next to tight end Josiah Deguara (ankle) and outside linebacker Randy Ramsey (groin). Defensive lineman Kenny Clark (groin) is questionable, along with offensive lineman Elgton Jenkins (back/rib) and safety Darnell Savage (groin).

The Saints superstar receiver has yet to see the practice field as well and did not play in last week’s game at all against the Las Vegas Raiders due to a high ankle sprain.

Rather than dwell on what the Packers won’t have this week, let’s appreciate who WILL be on the field Sunday night.

Put some R E S P E C T on his NAME!

Running back Aaron Jones had an absolute DAY last week, having a career-high 168 yards rushing, a team-high 68 yards receiving, and three touchdowns that lead to a 42-21 over the Detroit Lions on Sunday.

I shouldn’t have to sit here and make a case and point as to why this man deserves to get paid the big bills. The fact is as clear as day.

If you don’t see that… I’d offer you a pair of my glasses but that might not help with that type of “blind.”

It’s time to pay this man the respect that is rightfully his. How can someone with Jones’ level of talent continuously be underrated and under-appreciated? S M H.

Ironically, Jones was part of the 2017 draft class that included Minnesota’s Dalvin Cook and New Orleans’ Alvin Kamara, who both just recently signed big-time contracts; which now makes Kamara the second-highest-paid running back in the league.

Predictions & Expectations

With both teams missing one of their superstar receivers, I am going to assume that both the Saints and the Packers are going to rely heavily on their run game. That being said, our defense is going to have to apply the pressure quickly, and consistently.

The Packers defense hasn’t had to deal with a lot of runs, but they’ve still somewhat struggled when it comes to rushing attacks when the situation presents itself.

But, they’ve been powerful when it comes to the pass rush. Tallying up 4 sacks last week, and second-year LB Rashan Gary contributed to 1.5 of those. I think this will definitely be put to the test this week, considering Saints QB Drew Brees is usually pretty quick to release the ball.

The Saints passing defense isn’t coming off of a hot week either, they let Raiders QB Derek Carr throw for over 280 yards, 3 touchdowns, and a 120.7 passer rating.

This game is going to be down to the wire, because I feel like this is the most balanced matchup the Packers have seen thus far. I mean we are talking about a primetime Sunday night football game here; I’d expect nothing less.

I predict a Packers win 30-28, with us fans on edge the whole game. A feeling we all know too well but have come to love.

And to that, I’d crack a cold one. Cheers.

Let week three, commence.

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Samantha is a Saint Leo University graduate from Appleton, WI (the 920!). You can follow her on twitter at @Sam_Milliren.

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