New Orleans, LA - The last time the Packers visited New Orleans, Nov 2008, Drew Brees carved up the Packers defense like a hot knife through butter as the Saints clobbered the Packers 51-29.
Brees torched a Packers secondary that came in ranked 3rd in the NFL with 176.3 yards passing allowed per game. He was 20-of-26 for 323 yards as New Orleans tied a club record for points scored and touchdowns (seven) in a game.
It was a primetime game, in 2008, and he had a PERFECT passer rating for the night.
Of course, that was before Capers, and Matthews, and Peppers, and pretty much all the same guys on defense now.
The current Saints are struggling a little bit, and come off a last-4 minute collapse in Detroit, letting the Lions win and stay ahead of the Packers in the NFC North race.
Drew Brees was a lot better against that ferocious Lions front 7 than Rodgers was back in week 3, but he made a fatal mistake late, throwing an interception with about 2 minutes to go that gave the Lions their go-ahead, and winning, score.
Brees got the ball back down 1 with just over a minute to go, and he was unable to pull out a mini-drive into field goal range, mostly due to the pass rush.
Jimmy Graham played despite an injured shoulder, but he was not the same Graham everyone is used to seeing. For the Packers, hopefully this is still the case as Graham is a nightmare matchup for any LB, and that's certainly not strength for the Packers.
Due to Graham being about 6-7, I'd like to see Sean Richardson on him instead of a linebacker.
Nothing in this game result would surprise me, from a Saints win to a Packers win, to even a Packers blowout. The Packers have 2 wins this season by the score of 38-17.
Rodgers could very well lead the team to another 38-point night. And the defense has been playing very well since week one.
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