Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers will take on the New Orleans Saints in what looks to be like a haymaker in the Superdome tonight. The primetime matchup on Monday Night Football will be the 21st game between these two teams. Both teams enter tonight’s matchup with records of 5-5 and are pursuing an intense playoff race.
Green Bay joined a three-way tie atop the NFC North with the Bears and Vikings last week defeating the Bears at home, 37-3.
Last week, New Orleans defeated the Chiefs 30-20 at Arrowhead Stadium. In a heated NFC South, the Saints currently find themselves at the bottom in 4th place.
This becomes a critical game for both teams as the race in each of their respective divisions has significantly tightened, leaving no room for error.
Green Bay is coming off a triumphant defensive performance as it held Chicago to 234 total yards and a season low in points (3) while scoring its record seventh defensive touchdown. The Packers have really formed their niche through their pass defense allowing just 176.3 yards per game, and intercepting the opposition 16 times. Ironically, the Saints come into this game leading the NFL in yards per game through the air with 319.7.
There is no doubt Green Bay will attack through the air. If they want to be effective, they’ll hope to have wide receiver Donald Driver back after missing some practice time this week to deal with minor injuries and an ongoing personal situation. Aaron Rodgers went 23 for 30 for 227 yards and two touchdowns in the win over Chicago. Ryan Grant also gave a dominating performance last week on relatively stingy run defense.
Grant, had 25 carries for 145 yards and a touchdown last weekend. This was his second 100+ yard game of the season. History shows that when Grant runs for over a 100 yards in a game, the Packers win. The Pack are 6-1 when Grant can hit the holes for 100 yards.
This game looks to be hitting the air with both quarterbacks playing at high levels. It appears though that the Packers will have the edge with their tightfisted secondary, limiting the number one offense and shutting down a formidable wide receiver core. In a high scoring affair, Packers will get the victory and advance to 6-5.
RB-Reggie Bush missed significant practice time this week and is listed as questionable for tonight’s game. WR-Marques Colston (knee) and RB- Deuce McAllister (knee), both were limited in practice this week and according to NFL.COM are probable to play.
The Packers will be without MLB- Nick Barnett who is out with a season ending knee injury. CB-Jarret Bush didn’t participate in practice this week but is hopeful to bolster the secondary. WR- James Jones was limited in practice and is listed as questionable