When: Noon (Central) Sunday
Where: Lambeau Field
TV: Fox (Ron Pitts and Terry Donahue)
Line: Saints are favored by two points
Rankings: Packers - Total offense 21st, rushing offense 14th (tied), passing offense 21st; Total defense 26th, rushing defense 21st, pass defense 27th. Saints - Total offense 11th, rushing offense sixth, passing offense 16th (tied); Total defense 3rd, rushing defense 9th, pass defense 3rd.
Out: RB Mike Karney (calf); S Bryan Scott (hamstring). Questionable: DT Rodney Leisle (knee).
Out: T Junius Coston (knee). Questionable: G Jason Spitz (thigh); CB Will Blackmon, WR Koren Robinson (knee). Probable: RB William Henderson (knee); (foot).
Series: Packers lead 14-5
Last meeting: The Packers whipped the Saints 52-3 on Oct. 9, their first win after starting the 2005 season 0-4. Al Harris had his first career two interception game, including one he returned for a touchdown, and Nick Barnett returned another INT 95 yards for another score. The Saints led 3-0 but the Packers scored the final 52 points. Packers quarterback Brett Favre threw three touchdown passes. Najeh Davenport rushed for 54 yards and two touchdowns, but his season ended with a broken ankle. The Packers 52 points was the most since piling up 55 against Tampa Bay in 1983.
Noteworthy: Amazingly, this will be just the third time the Saints played at Green Bay. Seven times the teams met in Milwaukee. Packers coach Mike McCarthy and Saints counterpart Sean Payton coached their first career games last week. Their combined two games ties for fewest in NFL history. In 2001, Detroits Marty Mornhinweg faced Clevelands Butch Davis. The Packers note that Don Shula, the NFLs winningest coach, also lost his first game. Favre is 3-1 with a 108.1 pass rating vs. the Saints. Favre is coming off his first shutout of his career, spanning 222 starts. While McCarthy was New Orleans offensive coordinator in 2002, the Saints set a team record and led the NFC with 432 points. Saints running back Deuce McAllister missed the final 11 games of last season. He rushed for 90 yards last week. His 2005 season ended with a knee injury in the loss at Green Bay. Saints quarterback Drew Brees is 11-7 in his last 11 road starts. Saints cornerback Mike McKenzie had 15 interceptions while playing for the Packers from 1999 to 2004. The Saints have never won two road games to open the season.