The struggling New Orleans Saints will travel to Lambeau Field Sunday afternoon in what would’ve been a marquee match-up prior to the beginning of the season. However, since Week 1 the Saints have looked abysmal in all facets of the game. Their offense looks out of sync, while their defense is certainly the league’s worst. If the Saints are to make the post-season they’ll need to reverse this trend, but taking on an angry Packers squad might not be the best of news for New Orleans.
Last time we saw the Packers they were getting screwed out of a victory on Monday Night Football. Now that the replacement refs are gone, look for the Packers to play their game and start performing like the dominant team this bunch should be. Their defense is much-improved, though their offense seems a tad behind. Squaring off against a horrific Saints defense should definitely fix that.
The Packers enter a surprising 1-2 and need to start putting wins together if they’re to retake the NFC North. This is a much better team than their record indicates and taking on a reeling Saints team should be welcoming news for the Packers. Expect a motivated Packers group to show up the Saints in a high-scoring affair.
Saints at Packers Spread & Betting Odds:
New Orleans Saints +7 (-105)
@ Green Bay Packers -7 (-115)
Over 53 (-110)
Under 53 (-110)
Betting odds taken from Bovada.lv
Saints at Packers Pick:
It is so tough to back the New Orleans Saints in any contest given how brutal their defense has been this season. This team is clearly missing Sean Payton on the sidelines, lacking a ton of leadership and direction. They’re conceding an average of 477.3 points per game and this could be a bloodbath against an angry Green Bay squad. Look for Aaron Rodgers to dominate this defense Sunday afternoon. The Saints are awful on the road, and brutal on grass, and though seeing a team like New Orleans get more than a touchdown seems appealing, these aren’t the same Saints.
Expect Green Bay to finally get their offense clicking. Though they’ve struggled statistically thus far in 2012, it’s more attributable to the fact that they’ve had to play very good defenses. Against the Saints’ swiss cheese defense, look for Green Bay to pad their stats and start resembling the Packers of last season. New Orleans can’t defend the pass, can’t defend the run, and though they can put up points, Green Bay’s defense is actually capable of getting some key stops.
Expect a back-and-forth affair with a lot of points Sunday afternoon, however it’s hard to imagine New Orleans keeping this contest close. Last week’s loss against the Chiefs was embarrassing and showed the football world just how bad this New Orleans team truly is. A motivated Aaron Rodgers will be bad news for the Saints as they leave Lambeau with an 0-4 record.
This line has surprisingly just dropped down to just 7 points at most sportsbooks as of early Sunday morning. Don’t expect any sort of hangover effect from last week’s brutal call against them, as Green Bay is experienced enough to know what needs to be done. The time for winning is now at Lambeau, and look for the Packers to make a statement in what should be a rout against the Saints. Take the Packers to win large in what could be a 31-17 type of scoreline.
PICK = Packers -7 (-115)