Packers vs. Saints Week 3 Preview
New Orleans (-170) is favored by 3 points over Green Bay (+145) with the over/under set at 52.5 total points
- The Green Bay Packers secured a 42-21 win over the Detroit Lions to improve to 2-0.
- The New Orleans Saints fell to 1-1 after suffering a 34-24 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders on Monday Night Football.
- Green Bay leads the NFL in points per game and total yards while the Saints had some issues scoring without Michael Thomas last week.
- New Orleans (-170) is favored over Green Bay (+145) with the over/under set at 52.5 total points. The Saints are 3-point favorites. CLICK HERE FOR LIVE GAME ODDS!
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The Green Bay Packers have been an offensive juggernaut through the first two weeks of the season. In Week 1, they buried the division-rival Minnesota Vikings (43-34) and recently stormed to a 42-21 win over the 0-2 Detroit Lions. The Packers lead the NFL in points per game with 42.5, including total yards per game with 505.0. The Packers are also first in rushing yards with 208.5 per game.
Aaron Rodgers looks like vintage Aaron Rodgers through two weeks with a quarterback rating of 119.4, fifth in the league, and six touchdown passes, which is tied for second. Aaron Jones leads the NFL in rushing with 234 yards while Davante Adams is third in receptions with 17 and sixth in receiving yards with 192. Adams' status prior to Week 3 is unclear after he endured a minor injury to his hamstring.
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Saints Fall Flat
The New Orleans Saints lost their first game of the season on Monday night, losing to the Las Vegas Raiders 34-24. The Saints had no trouble moving the ball, as quarterback Drew Brees threw for 312 yards with a touchdown and an interception while Alvin Kamara had 79 yards on the ground with two rushing touchdowns to go with nine catches for 95 yards.
The Raiders buried the clock, controlling the ball for about 36 minutes to just 23 for the Saints. Las Vegas also converted 10-of-17 third downs and both fourth down attempts. The killer was penalties, as the Saints were flagged for 129 yards in penalties to just 13 for the Raiders. It didn’t help that the league’s best receiver, Michael Thomas, was out with an injury.
Green Bay has a golden opportunity here to make an early season statement in the NFC. A win at New Orleans over one of the better teams in the conference would serve notice to the rest of the conference that the Pack are back. The Saints are coming off a short week having played Monday night, and they're expected to be without star wideout Thomas once again.
The Saints are 3-point favorites, which might make more sense if the Superdome was rockin’ with screaming fans. Without that edge, it's hard to envision the Saints being able to stop Rodgers and the Packers. New Orleans gave up 34 points to Las Vegas and couldn’t really stop them. Can the Saints defense fare any better against one of the NFL’s best offenses? The Packers receiving points here is pretty mind-boggling.