Green Bay Packers at New Orleans Saints
Date and Time: Sunday, 10/26/14 at 8:30pm on NBC
Game Line: New Orleans Saints -1.5 (from WagerWeb)
Green Bay Packers at New Orleans Saints Sunday NFL Football Analysis: Behind the play of Aaron Rodgers, the Packers have rolled to four consecutive victories and erased the memories of their 1-2 start. Rodgers has thrown for 977 yards and 13 touchdowns without an interception during the win streak, and he posted the second highest passer rating of his career, 154.5, in last week’s 38-17 rout of Carolina. Jordy Nelson has been the primary beneficiary of Rodgers’ success. Nelson ranks second in the NFL with 712 receiving yards, only seven behind Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown and fourth in receiving touchdowns with six. Teammate Randall Cobb is second in touchdowns with eight. Green Bay’s passing attack may be in store for another successful game, facing a Saints defense ranked 28th in passing yards allowed at 270.5 per game. A loss Sunday would give the Saints their worst seven game start to a season under Sean Payton, who was suspended when they started 2-5. It would also match their loss total from last season, when they finished 11-5 and lost to Seattle in the divisional round. Even with the poor start, however, the playoffs are still very much within reach since Carolina leads the NFC South at 3-3-1. New Orleans has allowed 27.5 points per game, ranking fifth worst in the NFL, but the bigger concern is closing out games. The Saints squandered a fourth quarter lead for the third time last week as Detroit rallied for two TDs in the final 3:38 of their 24-23 loss. Brees completed 28 of 45 passes for 342 yards and two touchdowns, but he also threw a costly fourth quarter interception that led to Detroit’s go ahead score. Wednesday, he shifted focus from the loss to the task of upending the Green Bay and the sixth best passing defense in the NFL. The Packers edged the Saints 28-27 in their most recent meeting. Brees threw for 446 yards and three touchdowns, but Rodgers threw a go ahead touchdown to Nelson with seven minutes left. It what will surely be a high scoring, offensive battle between two of the leagues best quarterbacks, this is a very tough game to call and the one with the ball at the end of the game has a great chance to come out on top.
Sunday NFL Week 8 Green Bay Packers at New Orleans Saints Free Picks: Green Bay +1.5 and under 56
Green Bay Packers at New Orleans Saints Game Prediction: 31-24 Packers
What to expect in this Sunday Night Football Week 8 NFL Football match up: These two quarterbacks lead two of the strongest passing offenses in the NFL over recent years, but this time around the Packers have something going for them that the Saints don’t, and that’s a pass defense. If Green Bay can get in a groove offensively and build a little lead, it will be much harder for the Saints to mount a comeback than it will be for the Packers. Either way, Aaron Rodgers has more weapons that seem to be clicking on all cylinders right now and it’s tough to pick against them in thi one.