This year New Orleans has looked more like the Aint’s than the Saints. Tomorrow’s match-up will have a much different feel than last year’s opener at Lambeau. Last year there was a feeling of excitement and jubilance in the air, while tomorrow’s game will have a feeling of desperation and anger as neither team can afford to lose. It is a must win for both the 1-2 Green Bay Packers and the 0-3 New Orleans Saints. I hate being that guy who says it is a must win in week four but not many teams have started 1-3 and made it to the playoffs.
Here are some keys to tomorrow’s game:
1. Hit the big play:
- The Pack have faced three of the toughest and most physical defenses in the first three weeks of the season which could be why their offense hasn’t clicked. The Saints rank 32nd against the run and 25th against the pass. If Green Bay doesn’t get into a rhythm against this defense we could be in for a long season. New Orleans corners got turned inside out last year by Greg Jennings and company, time to make it happen again.
2. Wrap up:
- Last year Darren Sproles ran circles around the Packers linebackers. If Sproles catches the ball in space the Pack need to wrap him up immediately and prevent the YAC (yards after catch) Same thing with the speedy Devery Henderson and the beastly Jimmy Graham.
3. Hit Drew Brees:
- Brees was sacked four times last week and has all ready thrown five interceptions in three games. Right tackle Zach Strief was a big part of the reason Brees got hit so much. Nick Perry on the left side recorded his first sack on Monday night and should be able to apply some good pressure. If not, time to move Clay around to wreck havoc.
I am sticking by my pick ’em prediction of the Packers getting the win.
Hope we see quite a few of these tomorrow.