Following a Monday night tilt with the Seattle Seahawks, the Green Bay Packers return to Lambeau Field in Week Four of the NFL season to face the New Orleans Saints. Once among the top NFL picks of the season, the Saints enter the game still in search of their first win.
The Packers put in a much-improved effort to notch their first win of the season against the Chicago Bears in Week Two. It wasn’t without controversy, however.
Swirling around Packers camp was the actions of quarterback Aaron Rodgers in the Bears’ game. Rodgers’ talked down a teammate and, though Rodgers’ later apologized, the fallout continued during the week.
If any team can overcome such distractions it figures to be the Packers. Green Bay is just two years removed from a Super Bowl victory and a “free pass” figures to be in order for Rodgers, who was the NFL’s Most Valuable Player a season ago.
In the Saints, Green Bay is facing an 0-3 team fluttering in disarray. Following the off-season “Bounty-gate” scandal, New Orleans has shown lingering effects. Its defense, under new coordinator Steve Spagnulo, has been abysmal. Quarterback Drew Brees and the offense haven’t been a whole lot better, either. The Saints’ season looks on the verge of tumbling off the cliff and the Packers may be the team that provides the final push.
Green Bay is expected to receive a boost offensively with the return of No. 1 wide receiver Greg Jennings. He was expected to play Monday night against the Seahawks and that tune-up could have him primed for this week’s tangle with the Saints and its wanting defense.
The Packers are tough to beat at Lambeau and figure to cause the winless Saints plenty of problems Sunday. Keep an eye on the odd boards and return for an analysis of this week’s NFL picks.