5 Reasons Why The Saints Will Lose to The Packers
The New Orleans Saints are set to take on the Green Bay Packers this weekend in Titletown USA and at one of the league's most storied venues, Lambeau Field.
These are two teams that seem to be going in opposite directions at this point in their respective seasons. The Saints have won three in a row and are above .500 for the first time since week 17 of 2013.
For the Packers sitting at 4-2 they've lost their leader, one of the best throws of the football anyone has ever seen in Aaron Rodgers. The team now turns to third year pro, Brett Hundley out of UCLA to lead their team. Does this kid have what it takes? We're about to find out.
For 5 reasons the Saints will defeat the Packers on Sunday, make sure you check out Steve Peloquins article.
1). The Element of Surprise
With the Packers starting a brand new quarterback this weekend it adds an element of surprise for the Saints defensive coordinator, Dennis Allen. The only game film you have on Brett Hundley is from the preseason and last weekends game against the Minnesota Vikings. One, the preseason is the preseason you can't take those games too seriously. Two, with the footage you have of him from last week against the Vikings, he was executing a game plan that the coaching staff put together for Aaron Rodgers and had not practiced at all with the starters. This week he's practicing fully with the first team offense and the coaching staff is going to devise a game plan which nobody has any idea what it'll look like. That could leave the Saints defense on their heels and give the advantage to the Packers offense.
2). In Brett They Trust
After the dust had settled on the Rodgers injury the conversation immediately turned to whether or not the Packers would bring in a veteran quarterback or not. The name that constantly came up was that of Colin Kaepernick. There was even a petition that was put together by Packer fans urging the team to sign the controversial quarterback. Head Coach Mike McCarthy shut down that notion quick, fast, and in a hurry when he stated, "I’ve got three years invested in Brett Hundley, two years invested in Joe Callahan, the quarterback room is exactly where it needs to be. OK? We’re fortunate to have a great quarterback in Aaron Rodgers, we’re committed to the path we’re on. We need to play better as a football team. Brett Hundley will start this week and Joe Callahan will be the backup." My thought is that if they didn't believe in Hundley they would have brought somebody else in to compete with him. The Packers have complete confidence in him and we saw some of that talent show through in a couple throws last Sunday.
3). Home Field Advantage
This will be Brett Hundley's first career start and it'll come in the friendly confines of Lambeau Field. Not having to deal with a hostile crowd should help the young quarterback feel more confident. Generally the Packers are better at home so this should worry the Saints, we know that Drew Brees' numbers aren't as good on the road as they are at home.
4). Rushing The Football
While we don't know exactly how the Packers will attack the Saints, one can venture a guess that it'll involve trying to take pressure off Hundley and run the football. New Orleans hasn't been great against the rush as they're allowing 4.3 yards per carry. If Green Bay has plans to win this game they'll need to be successful on the ground with running backs Ty Montgomery and rookie Aaron Jones.
5). Saints Lose Turnover Battle
The one thing you can't do in football is turn the football over and generally when you lose the turnover battle you lose the game. If the Saints are sloppy with the football and give the Packers additional possessions and a short field it'll make life easier for a young quarterback and the opposing offense. If you don't turn the ball over and make things difficult for the young Brett Hundley you'll put themselves in a good position to be successful.