Gene Higginbotham, the editor of our fansided.com fellow NFL site, Who Dat Dish, took time out of his busy schedule today to answer some questions we had about the Green Bay Packers and New Orleans Saints matchup.
Before the season started, one would have been stunned to think this week four game in Green Bay would feature a winless Saints team marching into Lambeau Field. One would also be surprised to think the Packers would be sitting at 1-2.
This is a huge game for both teams as each looks to get back on track before the season gets along too far.
So, here’s our questions and how Higginbotham sees things:
The Saints say that they are dialed in and have been practicing fast this week. But they have been saying that since the first week so the proof will be in the pudding.
I think the Saints will try to go back to the run but try to establish a passing game as well. The Packers secondary to me is pretty solid though, so Brees should proceed with caution.
If the team can ever get into sync on defense they will. The glaring problem of course seems to be in the pass rush department which the Packers don’t have a problem with.
Two stand out so far as a disappointment and both are first round picks, cornerback Patrick Robinson and running back Mark Ingram. Defensive end Junior Galette seems to be stepping up more and defensive tackle Akiem Hicks is also looking very promising.
Q. What young players have made a difference for the Saints this season and should be watched?
Defensive end Cameron Jordan is doing better than last year and hopefully will develop further this year.
I think the tempo especially on offense which the Saints are used to controlling should be a difference.
They say it’s not that bad but it obviously is. Payton had that fire and could get players motivated by getting in their face which interim head coach Aaron Kromer doesn’t seem to possess. The team has got to find a way to spark some fire from themselves or it won’t happen.
Q. Tell us how you feel this game will go and, of course, provide us with a final score prediction.
This will probably get me some fire from Saints fans but the way they have been playing, I just don’t know if they will be able to turn it around this quickly especially in Lambeau Field.