Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers once again came through with a dominating win in Week 2, this time over the Detroit Lions by a final score of 42-21. It was a game that showcased the Packers’ skills on both sides of the ball. With a 2-0 record, the Packers will now shift their attention to one of the biggest tests of the season on Sunday Night Football against the New Orleans Saints.
Fans know that any matchup featuring Rodgers going up against Drew Brees is must-watch football. That will be the case once again this week.
New Orleans is coming off of a rough Week 2 loss against the Las Vegas Raiders. They are 1-1 entering this matchup and will look to make a big statement with a win over the Packers. Green Bay has other plans heading into this matchup.
If the Packers can pick up another win, they would prove that the wins over the Vikings and Lions were not flukes. Excuses can be made about Rodgers’ big performances coming against weak defenses, but beating the Saints would quiet those critics up. Green Bay would also make a statement that they are a team to beat in the NFC and should be viewed as legitimate Super Bowl contenders.
All of that being said, let’s take a look at the Packers’ Week 3 matchup against the Saints. Here are four bold predictions for Green Bay on Sunday night in one of their biggest games of the season.
4. Aaron Jones Continues His Dominant Play
There is no question at this point in time that Aaron Jones is one of the best running backs in the NFL. After a massive breakout season in 2019, Jones did not receive enough respect throughout the offseason. He is quickly earning that respect with his play this year.
In Week 2 against the Lions, Jones carried the football 18 times for 168 yards and two touchdowns. Those numbers average out to an amazing 9.3 yards per carry, although a big chunk of the yardage came on a 75-yard touchdown run to open the second half. Jones also caught four passes for 68 yards and another score.
Going up against the Saints, Jones won’t put up quite the same production. He will, however, play a big role with 110 yards on the ground and a touchdown. To go along with his rushing numbers, Jones will catch five passes for 45 yards and a second score.
3. The Defense Sacks Brees Four Times, Forces Two Turnovers
Big games call for big performances from a defense and the Packers feel that their defense is capable of delivering that. Throughout the first two weeks of the season, the defense has been up and down. They have shown brilliant flashes of play and they have also let teams march down the field with ease.
Against the Saints this week, the Packers will finally see their defense step up.
Led by Za’Darius Smith and Jaire Alexander, the Packers will rack up four sacks and force two turnovers in the game. They have the talent to be a top-notch defense, they simply need to put it all together. Mike Pettine will come in with an aggressive game plan and that will pay off for Green Bay on Sunday night.
2. Green Bay Packers Get Another Vintage Aaron Rodgers Game
One of the biggest storylines throughout the entire NFL in the first two weeks of the season has been the play of Aaron Rodgers. After going through an offseason full of criticism from the media and the Packers drafting Jordan Love in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft, no one knew exactly what to expect from Rodgers. However, he has come back with a chip on his shoulder and extra motivation.
Soon after the Packers drafted Love, Rodgers made it clear that no one was going to beat him out for the starting job in Green Bay anytime soon. He has delivered on those bold words so far this season. In two games, Rodgers has completed 67.6 percent of his pass attempts for 604 yards, six touchdowns, and no interceptions.
In the spotlight on Sunday night going up against Drew Brees, Rodgers will deliver for the Packers once again. He will throw for 325 yards, three touchdowns, and no interceptions. Rodgers will further throw his name in the early MVP conversation.
1. Green Bay Packers Move To 3-0 With An Epic Win Over The Saints
Finally, and most importantly, the Packers are going to come away with a hard-fought and close win over New Orleans. This game is going to be fun and there are going to be quite a few points put up on the board. But, the Green Bay defense coming through with a couple crucial plays throughout the game will be the difference.
Rodgers and Jones will light it up for the Green Bay offense. Brees and company will come through with some big drives and will put up quite a few points. The Packers will simply have a play or two more up their sleeve to edge out the win.
We are predicting that the final score of this game will end up being 35-31 with the Packers coming out on top. Sunday Night Football this week should not be missed if you enjoy good football and getting to watch Rodgers and Brees square off is obvious reason to tune in.