Packers: 3 reasons why they will beat the Saints in Week 3

Green Bay Packers, Aaron Rodgers (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
Green Bay Packers, Aaron Rodgers (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) /

Why the Packers will defeat the Saints in Week 3.

The Green Bay Packers have made the perfect start to the regular season but now face a big challenge on the road up against the New Orleans Saints.

If the Packers can build on their past two performances, they’ll have a great chance to win this game and remain undefeated.

Here are three reasons why Matt LaFleur’s team will pick up the win on the road:

1. Aaron Rodgers is on fire

Aaron Rodgers is at his MVP-best early in the season.

Through two games, Rodgers has thrown for 604 yards and six touchdowns with no interceptions. He hasn’t even looked close to turning the ball over. If Rodgers keeps up this level of play, the Packers are going to win a lot of games this year.

This won’t be an easy matchup for Rodgers. New Orleans have an excellent cornerback duo in Marshon Lattimore and Janoris Jenkins, and Green Bay will likely be without Davante Adams.

That said, Derek Carr picked apart this defense on Monday night and, given the way Rodgers is playing, I’m not sure any defense can stop him in this kind of form.

2. No fans, no problem

As we saw in the season opener, the lack of crowd noise plays right into Rodgers’ hands. The Superdome is typically one of the loudest and most challenging venues to visit, but without fans, there will be no need for a silent count.

Look for Rodgers to regularly test the Saints’ pass rushers with his hard count. The offensive line also gets the benefit of being able to listen to Rodgers’ call rather than having to watch him until the snap of the ball due to the crowd noise.

Rodgers regularly caught the Vikings offside in Week 1. We could see more of the same on Sunday night.

3. Drew Brees hasn’t looked like Drew Brees

If Rodgers, Aaron Jones, and Green Bay’s offense gets on a roll again, New Orleans will need Drew Brees to do the same.

Brees hasn’t made a bad start to the season but he’s not looked at his best. His interception on Monday night was the type of mistake we rarely see from Brees, and he’s also been unimpressive throwing the ball downfield.

According to Pro Football Focus, only 33 percent of Brees’ passing yards were through the air on Monday night against the Raiders. We could see more short passes with Saints receivers looking for yards after the catch. If the Packers play aggressive on defense and tackle well, they can put pressure on Brees.

Unlike last year, the Packers won’t have any problem if this game becomes a shootout. In an offensive battle between Rodgers and Brees (likely both without their top WRs), give me Rodgers every day.

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