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Green Bay Packers vs. New Orleans Saints Preview and Predictions 09-27-2020

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The Green Bay Packers have been one of the most impressive teams in the NFL in the first two weeks of the season.

On Sunday night, they will visit a New Orleans Saints team trying to find the form that produced NFC South championships each of the past three years.

Aaron Rodgers has passed for an average of 302 yards while throwing six touchdown passes and no interceptions as the Packers (2-0) scored 43 and 42 points in wins against the Minnesota Vikings and Detroit Lions, respectively.

The Saints (1-1) opened the season by spoiling Tom Brady's debut with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, then squandered a 10-point lead in losing to the Raiders, 34-24, in Las Vegas' home debut on Monday night.

"Both the Saints and us have pretty big aspirations that I think are real," Rodgers said. "They're a really talented team and so are we, so I think it will be a good measuring stick."

Rodgers received plenty of support last week from Aaron Jones, who rushed for a career-high 168 yards and two touchdowns and caught one of Rodgers' two touchdown passes. Davante Adams has 17 receptions for 192 yards and two touchdowns on the young season.

"(Rodgers) is one of the top quarterbacks in the game, playing at a high level for a long time," Saints linebacker Demario Davis said. "You've got to understand what they do well, that it's not just Aaron Rodgers, one of the top receivers in the game, one of the top running backs in the game, very explosive offense, just a whole cast of other great players on the team."

Saints quarterback Drew Brees, the NFL's all-time leading passer, has not been up to par through two games. The 41-year-old veteran has a passer rating of 93.5, and his 64.7 percent completion rate is well below his league-leading 74.3 percent from last year.

"I feel good, borderline great," Brees said. "I'm confident with the guys that we have, with the system we have and everything that we have that we're going to get back on track.

"There are so many things that go into the precision of the passing game, and I think we have always been one of the best teams in the league, probably in history, at the precision of the passing game. And I think we are on our way to being back there very soon."

Green Bay coach Matt LaFleur said he expects Brees to be back at his top level soon.

"I still see a guy who is a Hall of Famer," LaFleur said. "I've had the opportunity, or misfortune, however you look at it, of going against him many times. There's a reason he will be a first-ballot Hall of Famer.

"It's just a matter of time before he gets it rolling like we're all accustomed to. So you can never take that for granted or let your guard down because as soon as you do, he's going to go out there and hang 45 on you."

Saints All-Pro wide receiver Michael Thomas missed the game against the Raiders because of an ankle injury. New Orleans did not practice Wednesday, but the injury report indicated Thomas would not have practiced. The same was true of defensive end Marcus Davenport, who has yet to play this season because of an elbow injury.

Adams was held out of the Packers' Wednesday practice because of a hamstring injury sustained against Detroit. He was unsure of his status for Sunday.

The game will be played without any spectators inside the Superdome.

--Field Level Media

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Last Injuries

New Orleans Saints

  • Bennie Fowler

    Shoulder
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Fowler has been moved to the injured reserve list due to a shoulder injury, and it is uncertain when the team will take him off IR.

  • Ty Montgomery

    Hamstring
    day-to-day | I-R

    Montgomery has hit the Injured Reserve/Designated for Return list with a hamstring injury, and the team has two weeks in order to activate him.

  • Nick Easton

    Concussion
    day-to-day | questionable

    Easton missed the last game with a concussion, and it is unknown if he will be cleared in time for Week 8 versus the Bears.

  • Emmanuel Sanders

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Sanders has been placed on the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list, and it is uncertain how long he will be away from the team.

  • Michael Thomas

    Hamstring
    day-to-day | questionable

    Thomas sat out the previous contest with a hamstring injury. It is uncertain if he will return to action Week 8 versus the Bears.

  • Terron Armstead

    Arm
    day-to-day | questionable

    Armstead departed the previous game with an arm injury, and it is unclear if he will return to face the Bears in Week 8.

  • Ken Crawley

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Crawley has been added to the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list, and it is undetermined how much time it will take him to pass protocol.

  • Kiko Alonso

    Knee
    day-to-day | I-R

    Alonso has popped up the PUP list after recovering from a torn ACL. It is unclear if he will return to the fold against the Bears in Week 8.

Green Bay Packers

  • Darnell Savage

    Quadricep
    day-to-day | questionable

    Savage sat out the previous contest with a quad injury, and it is unclear if he will face the Vikings in Week 8.

  • Aaron Jones

    Calf
    day-to-day | questionable

    Jones sat out the last game with a mild calf strain, and it is unclear if it will hinder his availability against the Vikings in Week 8.

  • Tyler Lancaster

    Shoulder
    day-to-day | questionable

    Lancaster was absent from the previous game with a shoulder injury. It is unknown if he will suit up against the Vikings in Week 8.

  • Tyler Ervin

    Wrist
    day-to-day | questionable

    Ervin has missed the previous two contests with a wrist injury, and it is undetermined if he will line up versus the Vikings in Week 8.

  • Kevin King

    Quadricep
    day-to-day | questionable

    King has missed the last two games due to a quad injury, and it is unknown if he will be available Week 8 versus the Vikings.

  • Krys Barnes

    Shoulder
    day-to-day | questionable

    Barnes re-aggravated his shoulder in the previous contest, and it has yet to be established if he will face the Vikings in Week 8.

  • Raven Greene

    Oblique
    day-to-day | questionable

    Greene was removed from the previous game with an oblique injury. It is uncertain if he will be available Week 8 versus the Vikings.

  • David Bakhtiari

    Chest
    day-to-day | questionable

    Bakhtiari missed the last contest with a chest injury, and it is uncertain if he will play against the Vikings in Week 8.