Packers: 3 bold predictions for season opener vs. Saints

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Alvin Kamara finishes with fewer than 100 yards

Considering Alvin Kamara had 197 total yards with two touchdowns against the Packers last year, it might be wishful thinking to believe Joe Barry’s defense will hold him to fewer than 100 yards this time. But that’s why it’s a bold prediction.

It’s also not completely out of the question.

For starters, there’s a good chance the Packers’ run defense will improve overall. The addition of TJ Slaton and Jack Heflin should help the defensive line improve, especially on early downs. Kamara only had 58 yards rushing the last time these two teams met.

What hurt the Packers was his receiving ability, with Kamara catching 13 passes for 139 yards and two scores. Yes. Thirteen receptions. With Michael Thomas out and the Saints lacking much depth at receiver and tight end, they will lean on Kamara again. But the Packers’ number one goal on defense will be to prevent Kamara from taking over the game.

The fact there will be no Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders, or Jared Cook to worry about will make it that much easier. Let’s also not forget that while Kamara did have a huge game against the Packers last season, a big part of that was a 52-yard touchdown when he broke about 3,000 tackles. The Packers should’ve made the stop for a minimal gain.

Kamara is going to be the key to victory for New Orleans’ offense on Sunday, both on the ground and through the air. As we’ve seen in the past, it’s not easy to stop him.

However, my bold prediction is that Kamara has fewer than 100 total yards in the season opener. Green Bay’s defense has improved, and this New Orleans offense isn’t as strong as in previous years. That will only help Barry’s defense come up with a plan to limit Kamara.

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