Two NFC teams that have had numerous playoff appearances in recent years will clash to open their 2021 season, as the Green Bay Packers will play the New Orleans Saints. Due to the recent hurricane in New Orleans, this game will be played at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville. Both of these teams think that they have a great shot at making the Super Bowl this season. Let’s have a look at our NFL Betting analysis for the upcoming match between the Packers and the Saints.
Green Bay Packers vs New Orleans Saints Betting Preview
Green Bay Packers
Green Bay has had quite a run of success. Unfortunately, they don’t have any recent Super Bowl victories. They have four losses in the last seven NFC title games. The Packers are coming off of a tumultuous offseason that saw contract squabbles between Aaron Rodgers and the front office turn very nasty. That is behind them now, and Rodgers is ready to lead the Packers to the Super Bowl.
Offensively, Green Bay should be a very good team. With Rodgers and Davante Adams, the Pack has one of the best combinations in the game. Combine that with Aaron Jones, AJ Dillon, and Robert Tonyan, and the Packers have a very explosive offense. Green Bay is hoping that their offensive line injury issues won’t last long.
The Packers’ defense has always seemed to be their weak spot. Last season, the defense improved and isn’t as poor as it has been in the past. If the pass rush can continue to improve, Green Bay should have a defense that can give other teams some issues.
New Orleans Saints
With the retirement of Drew Brees, the biggest question mark in New Orleans was the quarterback position. After battling through much of training camp, Jameis Winston won the battle and will be under center on opening day. Alvin Kamara is one of the top running backs in the league. He can not only run the ball well, but he’s also very dangerous coming out of the backfield in the passing game. Michael Thomas will miss the first few weeks of the season due to injury, so the receiving corps won’t be as strong.
Defensively, New Orleans has built themselves a very formidable unit. Cam Jordan leads a strong pass rush, while Marshon Lattimore and Malcolm Jenkins anchor the secondary. The Saints have worked hard to build a better defense, and they have done a good job of making it a very respectable unit.
Not having the home crowd behind them will really hurt the Saints. The Superdome crowd has always been one of the best fan bases in the game, and they give the Saints a huge home-field advantage. The Saints are underdogs in this one, as the Packers are favored by 4.5 points.
We’re not completely sold on Jameis Winston yet. Until he proves that he’s ready for the big time, we’re going to put our money on the Packers. When you start betting against Aaron Rodgers, that’s when you get yourself into trouble. We like Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers to win a high-scoring affair by a touchdown.