Week 3 Preview – Packers vs Saints

Rodgers vs Brees on Sunday Night Football. A clash of two future hall of fame quarterbacks. This game could be a NFC Championship preview. What a way to end the weekend.

Packers at Saints

  • When: Sunday, September 27, 2020 at 7:20 p.m. CT
  • Where: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • TV: NBC
  • Line: Saints favored by 3.5
  • Commentators: Mike Tirico, Cris Collinsworth, Michelle Tafoya

3 things to watch

Saints Kamara & Cook vs Packers Defense

The Saints will be without their top receiving target Michael Thomas but they will still have Jared Cook and Alvin Kamara. Cook has the ability to stretch the field as the Packers are aware of. Kamara is not only a dynamic runner he is also a receiving threat. He can catch coming out of the backfield and line up wide. To slow this duo down, defensive coordinator Mike Pettine is probably going to have to use an extra defensive back due to their speed.

Offensive Lines – strength vs strength

The Packers and the Saints have two of the best offensive lines in football. This game could be won in the trenches. The team that is able to control the line of scrimmage is going to give their quarterback and offense a huge advantage. Rodgers has only be sacked once in the first two games so far. The run game is averaging 6.2 yards per carry. The Saints defense is allowing 4.9 yards per play. Just like Rodgers, Brees has only been sacked once. This should be a high scoring game. It will come down to which offensive line can protect their quarterback, create holes and control the time of possession.

Run Game

Rodgers and Brees get the headlines but Kamara and Aaron Jones are the stars. These two running backs have very similar traits. When the ball is in their hands, they make plays. Each defense will not only have to worry about the opposing air attack, they will have to stop the run game. Both teams can control the clock with the running backs and rack up huge yardage. Both backs are dynamic coming out of the backfield as receivers. I fully expect Matt LaFleur and Sean Payton to feed Jones and Kamara both on the ground and through the air.

Final Analysis

This looks like a tough matchup on paper for the Packers. These are arguably the two best teams in the NFC. I fully expect this to be a high scoring, thrilling primetime game.

Anthony Haag is a writer for PackersTalk.com. He has been a Packers fan since the day he was born and truly bleeds green and gold. He makes annual visits to Lambeau Field and has attended his fair share of games. You can follow Anthony on Twitter at @anthony_haag

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