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53 degrees – 12 mph wind, gusts to 20mph; light rain
- The Packers started this game well. They jumped out to a 7-0 lead with a nice drive with backup QB Brett Hundley and backup RB Aaron Jones performing well. The Packers defense also came up with two early interceptions of Saints QB Drew Brees, and the home crowd was energized.
- The Saints entered this game on a 3-game winning streak, but notwithstanding that, there remain doubters of this young team. Even though the Packers were starting a backup QB, if the Saints are to contend this year, this was the type of game that would help prove their legitimacy, especially since this was a road game in inclement weather with a loud home crowd.
- Despite the early turnovers, the Saints defense rose up and got stops on key series to give their offense a chance to get untracked. The Saints defense is increasingly playing better situational football and making key stops on critical downs. There are fewer breakdowns, communication is better, and their defense is much more disciplined. One example of this is their adjustment to good early runs by Packers RB Aaron Jones. After some early success, Jones’ production was minimized the rest of the game. We’re used to seeing Saints Head Coach Sean Payton make successful adjustments on the offensive side of the ball, but now they’re making key adjustments on defense as well.
- On offense, the Saints stayed patient and calm, and they stuck to their game plan. They continued to run the ball with the talented RB combo of Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram, and they gashed the Packers consistently the entire game. This was highlighted by an excellent four-minute offense to close out the game.
- Two of the Saints’ TDs were on good 3rd down play calls; a TD run by RB Mark Ingram out of a strong side formation to the left that the Packers did not adjust to and the other by a 1-yard QB sneak by QB Drew Brees in which he jumped over the line and extended the ball over the goal line.