- The Saints come into Week 3 looking to rebound from a loss to Las Vegas
- The Packers are looking to start 3-0 after decisive wins over the Vikings and Lions
- See the opening odds for their Sunday night clash on Sep. 27th
Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers have been the top two quarterbacks in the NFC for the last decade, but Week 3 will mark just the fifth meeting between them, and the first since 2014, when the Green Bay Packers visit the New Orleans Saints on Sunday Night Football (8:20 pm ET, Sep. 27th).
The Saints have opened as 3.5-point favorites over the 2-0 Packers and their league-leading offense, but it’s hard to think that number will stay there after New Orleans suffered a shocking 34-24 defeat to the Las Vegas Raiders.
Follow the Packers vs Saints betting trends here all week.
Packers vs Saints Opening Odds
|Green Bay Packers
|O 51.5 (-110)
|New Orleans Saints
|U 51.5 (-110)
Odds as of Sep. 21 at DraftKings.
Saints Still Look Sluggish
Brees did little to quell concerns about New Orleans’ offense on Monday night, missing on a lot of throws in a sloppy effort against the Raiders. For the second straight week, the Saints led the league in penalties, including a pass interference on Janoris Jenkins that cost the Saints a shot at a final possession to tie the game.
Saints have some issues. Penalties are killing them. They miss Michael Thomas and those automatic catches. And Drew Brees is missing throws. You rarely see him with an off target ball but he’s had several tonight and I’m not sure why.
— Tony Dungy (@TonyDungy) September 22, 2020
Don’t be fooled by the fact that New Orleans scored 34 points on the Buccaneers in Week 1. They benefited from three Tampa Bay turnovers – including a pick-six – and finished the game with just 271 yards of total offense.
Defensively in Week 2, New Orleans had no answer for Darren Waller. Las Vegas racked up 375 yards, even with injuries along their offensive line. It was a bad game all around for Sean Payton’s team, which continued its trend of September stinkers.
Packing a Punch on Offense
Green Bay was heavily criticized this offseason after failing to bring in more weapons for Aaron Rodgers. Through two games, it’s looking like the Packers didn’t need any help on that side of the ball.
The Packers through two games:
-1,010 yards of offense
-Ten touchdowns (nine offense, one defense)
-Six sacks for, one sack allowed
-Two interceptions for, no interceptions against
— Matt Schneidman (@mattschneidman) September 20, 2020
It’s not all “pissed off Rodgers” driving this offense either: Green Bay leads the league in rushing thanks to an insane outing by Aaron Jones against the Lions in Week 2.
236 yards + 3 TDs = 45.6 @NFLFantasy points
— NFL (@NFL) September 21, 2020
As good as Packers fans are feeling, piling up points on Detroit or an overhauled Minnesota D isn’t exactly passing the bar. This loaded Saints defense will provide a much stiffer test, as they look to rebound from getting rolled by the Raiders.
Injuries? Of Course There Are Injuries!
Davante Adams left the Packers Week 2 game with a hamstring injury, but afterwards, head coach Matt Lafleur said that was more of a precautionary move. Center Corey Linsley also left the game with a hand injury, a week after guard Lane Taylor was lost for the year.
#Packers C Corey Linsley left Sunday’s win after spraining the thumb on his snapping hand, source said. Should be OK moving forward, but one more thing for Aaron Rodgers’ banged-up line to deal with.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) September 21, 2020
The Saints famously went into this week down Michael Thomas but escaped the Raiders game relatively clean.
How Will the Line Move?
Toward the Packers, initially. There’s no way people don’t react to two uninspiring efforts from the Saints offense. Questions of “how can Brees keep pace with Rodgers on the fast track of the Superdome?” will dominate the week. That doubt could also drive down the total as the week moves on.