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The Saints are desperate for a victory this Sunday, but it won’t come easy.  They go head to head against the Packers at Lameau Field on Sunday.  The Packers are off to a surprising bad start themselves.  They are 1-2 after losing to the Seahawks Monday night on a controversial hail mary TD at the end of the game.  Aaron Rodgers is off to slow start with just 3 TD’s and 2 interceptions in the early going.  He is obviously capable of much more.  The running game has also struggled, rushing for just 78 yards a game, good for 28th in the league.

The pass defense has been surprisingly stout, giving up just 125 yards a game.  That has been aided by the outstanding pass rush led by Clay Matthews.  Matthews has an incredible 6 thus far, through only 3 games.  That is bad news for Drew Brees who has struggled under pressure so far this year.  Brees is by far the best QB the Packers have faced thus far, so there is some good news.  Green Bay has also struggled to keep the ground game under control, so feeding Thomas, Ingram, and Sproles early and often could be in their best interest.

Both teams are sort of desperate for wins.  The Packers certainly do not want to fall to 1-3, but the Saints really cannot fall to 0-4 if they still have postseason hopes.  This would have been expected to be a marque matchup before the season, but now features two struggling teams with 1 win combined through 3 weeks.  Who would have thought?

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