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Saints' confidence shows in win against the Packers

25 Octubre 2017, 06:08 | Cornelio Vivanco

Saints' confidence shows in win against the Packers

Aaron Jones

New Orleans Saints game in Week 7? This wasn't the worst Packers performance year-to-date or anything, but this was a game that the Packers could have easily won.

I believe the second half letdown was both explainable and inevitable. Kamara will take full advantage this week against the Packers with 150 total yards to go along with two touchdowns. Once the Packers offense melted down the Saints did exactly what they wanted, when they wanted. And 485 yards versus 260 yards. Capers can even be complimented for reviving the Cincinnati Bengals offense, which hadn't scored a TD until they came to Green Bay and scored on their first drive.

It was that first half, not the second half, that sealed the team's fate. Brees' short passing game set up two deep completions, including a 22-yard touchdown to Brandon Coleman in the third quarter.

After Rodgers' injury, Packers fans were hoping the team would trade for a quarterback that can help them win in Rodgers' absence, or try to convince Milwaukee native Tony Romo to leave the broad cast booth for another chance to win a Super Bowl. If I were the coaches, I'd be reviewing those matchups. And he is on pace for 59 catches, 941 yards and five TDs.

It is far too easy to blame the defense, or blame the receivers, or blame Hundley. I agree. I didn't see him missing wide-open receivers. Three of those four players were draft picks of the Packers (K Mason Crosby, WR Jordy Nelson and LB Clay Matthews) and two have made at least one Pro Bowl. The thing that hurt was never addressing this pass rush with screen passes.

Instead of leading a signature drive, Hundley went three-and-out.

#2. Get Bennett involved. He threw for less than 100 yards.

#3. No huddle. It was barely used.

All of Green Bay's pass catchers were rendered irrelevant in fantasy scoring due to Brett Hundley's woeful play at quarterback. "I get excited anytime I know I'm going to get the ball".

The Packers defense has been shredded by every good offense they faced this year.

The Saints' defense, meanwhile, continued its strong play.

To leapfrog Ty Montgomery as the leader of the backfield, it was going to take something special. These were two critical, but very bad, play calls. The run didn't open up anything downfield, either - or McCarthy didn't let Hundley go downfield enough. Hundley had great success in his three runs.

The Packers have four players on the roster that played in the National Football League prior to the 2009 season.

Another option for the Packers is to bring back Matt Flynn, who played well in relief of Rodgers in the past. The offensive line gave it's best performance of the season, but it's irrelevant if the quarterback can't complete half his passes (literally, 48%). On a 2nd-and-8, he put the ball in Aaron Jones' gut, then pulled it out and swept wide for the first down.

BRETT'S DAY: Hundley rushed for 44 yards on three carries, including a 14-yard touchdown run, but finished 12 of 25 passing for 87 yards.

Meanwhile, in the other locker room, we have a Saints team that exercised some demons at Lambeau field on Sunday.

The more distressing thing was the failure of the Packers to plan to get their young quarterback in rhythm.

It will be the fourth straight season that the Packers have played in a prime-time contest coming out of the bye.

Green Bay will face an NFC opponent for the seventh time after the bye since 2006, and it will be the sixth time they play a team from the NFC North. What you do in practice translates to the game.

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