Jordan Love and the Green Bay Packers offense face their toughest test of the season against the New Orleans Saints in Week 3. However, there is one potential matchup where Love can win big.
Saints cornerback Paulson Adebo is questionable to play due to a hamstring injury. He appeared on the injury report late in the week and didn't practice on Friday. There's a good chance Adebo either doesn't play or is limited.
According to Saints reporter Erin Summers, Isaac Yiadom will step in if Adebo is unable to play. That's a huge advantage for the Packers.
Packers vs. Saints: Jordan Love could get huge advantage in matchup with former teammate
Packers fans may remember Isaac Yiadom from his one season with the team in 2021. Green Bay traded for Yiadom, sending Josh Jackson to the New York Giants in return.
Green Bay had Yiadom play on defense early in the season, even starting one game, but that experiment didn't last long. The Packers replaced him with Rasul Douglas, who they had only recently signed off the Arizona Cardinals' practice squad.
Per Pro Football Reference, quarterbacks completed six of seven passes for 110 yards in Yiadom's coverage, earning a passer rating of 118.7.
Yiadom played 67 defensive snaps between Weeks 4-7 of the 2021 season but then zero until Week 17. The Packers moved on from Yiadom in the offseason, and he has played only six defensive snaps since the start of 2022, including four for the Saints this season.
He has barely played on defense since leaving Green Bay, with almost all of his snaps coming on special teams.
Make no mistake about it: Jordan Love and Matt LaFleur will go after Yiadom if he starts.
They have done a great job of identifying favorable matchups. Last week, the Packers found success against Falcons cornerback Tre Flowers and went after him repeatedly. Eventually, the Falcons pulled him out of the game.
If Adebo doesn't play, expect the Packers to go after Yiadom. He could see plenty of Romeo Doubs and Dontavyion Wicks, and potentially Christian Watson if he is healthy.
Four-time Pro Bowler Marshon Lattimore will make life difficult on one side of the field. Per Pro Football Reference, he is allowing a passer rating of 2.5 in his coverage. He has only given up one completion but has broken up five passes and intercepted one.
That increases the likelihood that Green Bay targets Yiadom in the passing game. It could force New Orleans to move Alontae Taylor outside, creating opportunities for Jayden Reed and Luke Musgrave in the middle of the field.
The Packers have to be smart against a talented Saints defense. They need to pick their matchups. If Yiadom starts, expect Love to go after him.