Last week was not all that kind to us with regard to our NFL selections, but with Week 7 upon us – better things could be on the horizon. At the very least though, they’ll likely be better than the fortunes of the Green Bay Packers. After tragically losing Aaron Rodgers last week against Minnesota – the Packers are suddenly quite iffy to make the post-season. Young QB Brett Hundley will take over and there are a ton of doubts on his ability. One thing is for certain – it will be very interesting watching the Packers as they host New Orleans this week.
For the Saints, they’re finally over .500 once again and seem to be trending in the right direction – despite their defensive concerns. They’ve won their last three contests and after dropping 52 points on the Lions last week – they look like a team poised for a huge second half. Going up against the Packers without Aaron Rodgers should suit them well and should make for an intriguing contest on Sunday. Read on below for a full game breakdown and official betting odds.
Saints vs. Packers Betting Odds:
New Orleans Saints -4.5 (-110)
@ Green Bay Packers +4.5 (-110)
Over 47.5 (-110)
Under 47.5 (-110)
Betting odds provided by Bovada.lv
Saints vs. Packers Pick:
With Aaron Rodgers most likely finished for the rest of the season, it’ll be up to the unproven Brett Hundley to fill the void. The youngster did not look very good at all against Minnesota, but perhaps a full week to prepare could have righted the ship for him and the Packers usually high-octane attack. Unfortunately for Hundley, the Saints have been much improved on the defensive side of the ball. Rookie corner Marshon Lattimore has been unbelievable and will likely do a good job of stifling the passing game.
Making matters quite worse for Hundley and the Packers is the current plight of their banged-up offensive line. David Bakhtiari seems to be banged up yet again at left tackle and this should make things easy on Cameron Jordan of the Saints. The defensive lineman is having an unbelievable season and should get after Hundley with regularity. It will be important for Hundley to get rid of the ball quickly, particularly picking on the Saints’ weak linebacking corps.
With Rodgers down, extra emphasis will be placed on the Packers’ defense keeping them in football games. Luckily they have the defensive front seven to do just that. Mike Daniels and Kenny Clark should absolutely be beasts in the middle and create a ton of pressure on Drew Brees through the interior of the Saints’ O-Line. Max Unger can’t block at all at the centre position and Clay Matthews should enjoy some success on blitz packages.
Green Bay has also done a very solid job of clamping down on the run game. Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara have had a ton of success in recent weeks – though the Packers will be able to contain this duel threat, and instead just focus on the passing game. They’ve had issues defending through the air, though if Morgan Burnett returns from injury, it will help keep Green Bay in this game.
This spread has gotten a bit out of control, especially since Brett Hundley isn’t that bad. The Saints have typically struggled on the road as favourites, and it has been shown that their offense rarely performs at the same level on grass. Look for Green Bay to keep things tight, and Brett Hundley to show the football world he’s got some talent.
PICK = Packers +4.5 (-110)