The New Orleans Saints (2-4) are coming off a devastating loss to the Detroit Lions. The Saints have lost all of their road games this year going 0-4, while looking mediocre in their only 2 victories at home. The Saints have always played like a different team away from the Superdome. This year’s version of the Saints, however, lacks that explosive element. Quarterback, Drew Brees, has thrown for a lot of yards through the first six games, but he’s also thrown 7 interceptions to go along with only 11 touchdowns. It’s a far cry from the Saints offense that NFL fans have come to expect.
The Green Bay Packers (5-2) are coming off a 38-17 whooping they put on the Carolina Panthers. Aaron Rodgers is having another special season, throwing for 18 touchdowns to only one interception. It’s been an MVP caliber season for Rodgers thus far. If the Packers are to continue their winning way this week, Rodgers is going to have to continue to feed his outside receivers.
Saints Vs Packers Week 8 Odds
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Packers +1.5 (-110)
Saints -1.5 (-110)
Saints: The pressure on the Saints to start winning is about to reach a new level. The Saints have never been a dominant road team. They’ve always been an excellent home team with Drew Brees at quarterback. Aaron Rodgers and the Pack Attack, however, are no slouch. Drew Brees and the Saints offense are in desperate need of a statement game. Jimmy Graham has been Brees’ favorite target over the years, and with him in the lineup, the Saints always have a shot. His return last week, however, had very little impact on the outcome of the game. He’s clearly not 100% and his role in the offense this week makes him the biggest question mark for the struggling Saints’ offense. If Graham cannot step up this week and play at least a small role in the Saints’ offense, then Brees will struggle to keep pace with the Packers pass-happy offense.
Packers: If it wasn’t for Peyton Manning and Andrew Luck, then Aaron Rodgers would most likely be considered the best quarterback in the league. It’s hard to imagine someone with Rodger’s stats flying under the radar but simply not enough people are talking about him. The Packers schedule is partly to blame. So far, the Packers have bet up on weaker opponents. Outside of a week one beat down, at the hands of the Seahawks, the Packers have not been challenged by an elite team or quarterback. While the Saints are anything but elite, Drew Brees is still one of the best quarterbacks in the league. The Packers cannot under-estimate the Saints at home. If the Packers are to win, they will need Jordy Nelson to continue his dominance. Nelson has nearly 50 receptions for over 700 yards and the season is not even half over. But it’s not just Nelson. On the opposite side, Randall Cobb is having a ridiculously productive season finding the end-zone. Through six weeks, Cobb has only 35 receptions but 8 touchdowns. If the Packers are going to win, they will need both of these guys to continue dominating on the outside.
The Saints are not the team that so many experts picked before the season to win the Superbowl. If the Saints were playing anyone other than Green Bay, they would certainly get the nod to pull off the victory. In the past, New Orleans always holds serve at home, however, this Saints team is just not the same as past years. Rodgers is having a career year and the Saints’ defense is going to struggle to slow him down. Between these two offenses, there will be very little room for any kind of defense in this game. Expect a shootout from the get-go. Drew Brees will try to match the Packers score for score, but with so many weapons at his disposal, expect Rodgers to emerge the winner.
Green Bay Packers 34 New Orleans Saints 31