- The Green Bay Packers will be looking to record their first win at the Superdome in 25 years when they take on the New Orleans Saints on Sunday Night Football as 3.5-point underdogs
- SNF betting record: 1-0 ML; 1-0 ATS; 1-1 O/U; +2.05 units
- We’ve got you covered with all the odds, storylines, and best bets ahead of this key Week 3 NFC matchup
A clash of NFC titans is featured on Sunday Night Football in Week 3, as the New Orleans Saints host the Green Bay Packers as 3.5-point favorites on September 27th at 8:20 PM EST. The Saints return home after suffering their first loss of the season, to the Las Vegas Raiders 34-24 as 4-point chalk on Monday Night Football.
Green Bay travels to the Big Easy as +150 moneyline underdogs in the Packers vs Saints odds after opening up their campaign with a pair of decisive victories, capped by last week’s 42-21 win over the Detroit Lions as 7-point home favorites. However, Green Bay has work to do to tally their first victory under the lid at Mercedes-Benz Superdome since 1995.
Green Bay Packers vs New Orleans Saints Odds
|Green Bay Packers||+3.5 (-114)||+150||O 53.0 (-110)|
|New Orleans Saints||-3.5 (-107)||-175||U 53.0 (+110)|
Odds taken Sept 27 at DraftKings.
Saints Coming Off Blown Opportunity in Vegas
The Saints let an opportunity slip away in last week’s loss in Las Vegas, blowing an early 10-0 lead on their way to their first road loss since Week 2 of last season. While quarterback Drew Brees racked up a solid 312 passing yards and one score, he has yet to dominate in the early going of the season.
.@ShannonSharpe on the Raiders beating the Saints in home opener:
"I'm going to give credit to the Raiders and they might be better than I realized. It seems that Gruden & Mayock have put together a great team. That Waller kid is a problem & the Saints had no answer for him." pic.twitter.com/77jIZio6c7
— UNDISPUTED (@undisputed) September 22, 2020
The absence of injured receiver Michael Thomas has been a big blow to Brees and the Saints. With Thomas on the shelf, and Brees enduring a slow start, the spread has tilted away from New Orleans since opening with the Saints favored by six points.
A Busy Night Awaits for Kamara
As was the case on Monday night, rusher Alvin Kamara is likely to play a huge role for the Saints in Sunday night’s contest. Kamara enjoyed a solid evening in New Orleans’ loss in the desert, racking up 79 rushing yards and a pair of scores. He has also emerged as Brees’ primary target, catching 14-of-17 passes for a team-leading 146 yards and one TD.
That steady start makes an intriguing -112 wager to compile over 47.5 receiving yards on Sunday night, and a +365 bet to score multiple touchdowns for a second week in a row.
Alvin Kamara had 96 receiving yards after catch vs. LV
Most in a game by any player this season pic.twitter.com/D8R5kMcuyl
— PFF Fantasy Football (@PFF_Fantasy) September 22, 2020
While the team turned in a somewhat disappointing performance in the Raiders’ debut in their new home at Allegiant Stadium, they have been dominant on home turf in prime time. The Saints have claimed decisive victories in each of their past four appearances on Sunday Night Football, and have not suffered an SNF loss at the Superdome since 2004, going 9-0 SU during that stretch including a lopsided 44-23 win over the Packers back in 2014.
Packers Look to Continue High-Scoring Ways
The Packers arrive in New Orleans as the highest-scoring team in the NFL following last week’s demolition of the Lions. Green Bay has racked up an average of 42.5 points per game and also leads the NFL with 505 total yards per game, including an NFL-best 208.5 ground yards per game.
The Packers are the 8th team in the Super Bowl era to score 40+ points in each of their first 2 games of a season
Each of the last 2 such teams (2013 Broncos & 2009 Saints) went to the Super Bowl that season#Packers
— NFL Research (@NFLResearch) September 20, 2020
Aaron Rodgers has been at his vintage best, tossing for six total scores while avoiding getting intercepted through the first two weeks. Not to mention, his offensive line has provided a big assist, allowing just one total sack.
However, the Packers’ early-season explosion has come against inferior opposition. In Week 1, Rodgers picked apart a youthful Minnesota Vikings secondary that will certainly benefit from time together as the season progresses. Moreover, last week’s victory came against a Lions defense decimated by injury.
Injuries, Stout Saints Defense Pose Challenges
While Rodgers still offers value with -112 odds to top 249.5 passing yards, the Packers can expect to face a far stingier defense on Sunday night. Complicating matters for the Packers are their current injury woes.
Receiver Davante Adams is listed as doubtful for Sunday night as he nurses a hamstring injury but is reportedly a game-time decision. Adams has impressed while tallying 192 receiving yards and two scores through the first two weeks.
Packers will give WR Davante Adams up until game time Sunday night to try to recover from his hamstring injury and prove he can play against the Saints, per source. Adams remains doubtful, but the Packers are not giving up all hope yet and plan to test him pregame.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 27, 2020
Meanwhile, Aaron Jones is coming off a dominant two-TD, 168-yard performance against Detroit, he faces a far more formidable rush defense this week. New Orleans hasn’t allowed an opposing rusher to run for over 100 yards in almost three years.
With the Packers dealing with injuries and facing their first top flight opponent of the season on the road, the swing in the spread provides a great opportunity for Saints backers to cash in on Sunday night, in what should still be a high-scoring affair.
Best Bets: Saints -3.5 (-107); OVER 53.0 (-110)
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