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Preview: Packers at Saints



The New Orleans Saints will be banking on their home-field dominance when they host the surging Green Bay Packers on Sunday night. The Saints have dropped all four games on the road, including a galling setback last week at Detroit in which they blew a 13-point lead over the final 3:38, but quarterback Drew Brees said it's not time to panic. "There's no must-win games until they're must-win games," Brees said. "It's important. It's really important, but nobody needs that kind of pressure."

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers adopted a similar mantra to Brees after Green Bay dropped two of its first three, telling the home fans to "relax." Rodgers has guided the Packers to four consecutive wins and has been spectacular in doing so, throwing 13 touchdown passes and zero interceptions to push Green Bay into a tie with Detroit for first place in the NFC North. “We’re 5-2. They’re 2-4," Rodgers said. "They’ve lost some close games. We won a couple close ones. But they’re a good football team."

TV: 8:30 p.m. ET, NBC. LINE: Saints -1.5. O/U: 56

ABOUT THE PACKERS (5-2): Rodgers has 18 scoring passes versus one interception - that coming in Week 1 - and is coming off his fourth consecutive games with at least three TD passes in a 38-17 demolition of Carolina. Jordy Nelson has six touchdown catches and is second in the league with 712 receiving yards while fellow wideout Randall Cobb has eight TD receptions. The Packers are averaging 36.3 points during their winning streak despite a slow start by second-year running back Eddie Lacy, who has four touchdowns in the past four contests but has been limited to 48 yards or fewer in five of the seven games. Green Bay is one of the league's worst team's against the run, ranking 31st with an average of 147.9 yards allowed.

ABOUT NEW ORLEANS (2-4): The Saints' defense is permitting 27.5 points per game and appear vulnerable to Rodgers and Green Bay's vaunted aerial attack, surrendering 270.5 passing yards while collecting only nine sacks. Brees' inconsistency is reflected in his past three games - he has thrown for over 300 yards in each but has six touchdowns and five interceptions in that span. One major concern is the health of standout tight end Jimmy Graham, who did not have a catch against the Lions while battling a shoulder injury that has limited him in practice this season. Third-down back Pierre Thomas is expected to miss the game with a shoulder injury, leaving Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson as the primary ball carries.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Brees is 10-0 with a 117.9 passer rating in his last 10 at home.

2. Rodgers joined New England's Tom Brady as the only player with a passer rating of 150-plus in two of the first seven games of the season.

3. Graham has 11 scoring passes in his last 11 home games.

PREDICTION: Packers 34, Saints 30

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New Orleans Saints

  • Zach Wood

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Wood has been added to the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list and will be absent from the team for an extended period.

  • Kaden Elliss

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Elliss has been designated for the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list and will miss an undetermined length of time.

  • Kiko Alonso

    Knee
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Alonso has been placed on the active PUP list as he continues to recover from a torn ACL. There is currently no timetable for return.

  • Johnson Bademosi

    Foot
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Bademosi has landed on the active PUP list as he continues his recovery from a foot injury. It is unknown when he will be ready to make his debut.

Green Bay Packers

  • Hunter Bradley

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Bradley has been shifted to the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list, and the severity of the ailment is unknown.

  • Curtis Bolton

    Knee
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Bolton has been moved to the active PUP list as he is recuperating from a torn ACL, and there is no timetable for return.

  • Yosh Nijman

    Knee
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Nijman has been added to the active PUP list while rehabbing a torn ACL. There is no timetable for recovery.

  • Simon Stepaniak

    Knee
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Stepaniak has wound up on the active Non-Football Injury list with a torn ACL and will miss an extended period.

  • Patrick Taylor Jr.

    Foot
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Taylor Jr. has been posted to the active Non-Football Injury list while he is on the mend from surgery to fix a Lisfranc injury in his foot. It is unclear how much time he will miss.

  • Treyvon Hester

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Hester has hit the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list, and there is no timetable for return.

  • Mason Crosby

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Crosby has landed on the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list will miss an undetermined length of time.

  • Jace Sternberger

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Sterberger has been designated for the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list and will miss an extended period.