Week 8: Packers at Saints

We take our first look at Sunday night's game at the Superdome, with statistical leaders and notes on each of the teams.

PACKERS (5-2) at SAINTS (2-4)

LAST GAME — 9/30/12: Saints 27 at Packers 28. Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers completed 31-of-41 passes for 319 yards and 4 TDs. Packers WR Jordy Nelson caught 8 passes for 93 yards and TD.

LAST GAME AT SITE — 11/24/08: Saints 51, Packers 29. New Orleans QB Drew Brees completed 20-of-26 passes for 323 yards and 4 TDs. Saints WRs Lance Moore and Marques Colston each had 70-yard TD receptions.

BROADCAST — NBC (7:30 p.m. CT): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (Field reporter). Westwood One: Kevin Kugler, James Lofton, Chris Doering (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 84 (WW1), 93 (GB), 92 (NO). XM: 227 (WW1), 225 (GB), 226 (NO).

PACKERS NOTES: QB Aaaron Rodgers has won past 2 starts vs. New Orleans with 125.5 rating. Including playoffs, Rodgers has started 23 games indoors and has 56 TDs, 8 INTs with 117.1 rating. Is 1 of 2 in NFL history with 3-plus TDs and 0 INTs in 4 in row in single season. Has 13 TDs, 0 INTs and 137.9 rating in past 4. Only player in NFL history with 18 TDs and 1 or 0 INTs in first 7 team games…RB Eddie Lacy has 4 rush TDs in past 4. RB James Starks had rush TD in last meeting…WR-PR Randall Cobb made NFL debut vs. New Orleans (9/8/11) and scored 2 TDs (108-yard kickoff return, 32-yard reception). Leads NFL WRs with 8 receiving TDs. Has receiving TD in 4 in row (5 TDs). WR Jordy Nelson aims for 3rd in row vs. New Orleans with TD. Has receiving TD in 4 in row (5 TDs). Since 2011, Nelson is 1 of 2 in NFL with 4,000-plus yards (4,034), 30-plus receiving TDs (36) and 16-plus avg. (16.2)…LB Clay Matthews had sack in last meeting. LB Julius Peppers has 5 sacks, 4 FFs and 2 INTs in career vs. New Orleans. Only player in NFL history with 100-plus sacks (121.5) and 10-plus INTs (10). Since 2010 (including playoffs), CB Tramon Williams is tied for 1st in NFL with 20 INTs and CB Sam Shields is 4th with 19 INTs.

SAINTS NOTES: QB Drew Brees has passed for 300-plus yards and 2-plus TDs in all 5 meetings. In those 5, has 1,904 yards (380.8 per game) and 110 rating with 14 TDs vs. 2 INTs. In last home game vs. Green Bay, had 157.5 rating. In past 10 at home, is 10-0 with 117.9 rating. Since joining New Orleans in 2006, leads NFL with 40,649 pass yards and 294 TD passes…RB Pierre Thomas, who had 121 scrimmage yards (87 rush, 34 rec.) and 2 TDs in last home meeting, is out with shoulder injury. WR Marques Colston had 9 catches for 153 yards and TD in last game vs. Green Bay. Has TD in 3 of 4 meetings. TE Jimmy Graham has 11 TDs in past 11 at home. Since 2011, leads NFL TEs with 304 catches, 3,883 yards and 39 TDs. WR Kenny Stills had 5 catches for 103 yards and TD (46) last week…LB Junior Galette has 12 sacks in past 10 at home. DE Cameron Jordan has 8 sacks in past 9 at home. Has 13.5 sacks in past 21.

PACKERSSAINTS
SERIES LEADER16-7
STREAKSPast 2
COACHES VS. OPP.McCarthy: 2-2Payton: 2-1
LAST WEEKW 38-17 vs. PanthersL 24-23 at Lions
PASSINGA. Rodgers: 141-211-1674-18 (1C)-1-117.3 (1C)Brees: 178-263-1916 (2C)-11-7-91.7
RUSHINGLacy: 92-369-4.0-4 (T3L)K. Robinson: 64-330-5.2-2
RECEIVINGNelson: 47-712 (1C)-15.1-6 (T2C)J. Graham (TE): 34-376-11.1-3
OFFENSE325.4437.0 (1C)
TAKE/GIVE+10 (1L)-8
DEFENSE362.7373.7
SACKSPeppers, Perry: 3Galette: 4
INTsShields, Hayward: 23 tied: 1
PUNTINGMasthay: 47.0Morstead: 44.3
KICKINGCrosby: 47 (23/23 PAT; 8/9 FG)S. Graham: 45 (15/16 PAT; 10/11 FG)


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