Here are three keys to the game for the Green Bay Packers against the New Orleans Saints this Sunday in the Superdome:<p>

Exploit Saints secondary: This could be the perfect opponent for the Packers. The receivers and Brett Favre get a chance to work out some kinks against an inferior secondary. Fred Thomas is the Saints' top cornerback because of the drug suspension to Dale Carter. Thomas is a quality player but a liability at only 5-foot-9. Starting opposite Thomas is Michael Hawthorne, who has just three NFL starts in his first two seasons. It gets worse with rookie fourth-rounder Keyuo Craver a key part of the rotation. The Packers have to take advantage of these mismatches. Terry Glenn is faster than the Saints' corners and reserve Robert Ferguson should be able to use his size to get open.

Prevent big plays: The Packers might not face a more explosive team all season than the Saints. With strong-armed quarterback Aaron Brooks throwing to three big-play receivers, New Orleans is a threat to score on nearly every play. The Saints' offensive line, however, is shaky in the interior, and running back Deuce McAllister is untested. If the Packers can eliminate the big play and force the Saints to put together 10- and 12-play drives, chances are the Packers will be able to hold the Saints' offense in check.

Handle the noise: The Packers have had little success playing in the great indoors — see last season's playoff loss at St. Louis. The Packers would be wise to take the Superdome crowd — watching their home opener — out of the game early so they can communicate on offense. The Saints finished third in the NFL with 52 sacks, and while some of those stars are gone, New Orleans can make life miserable for Brett Favre if tackles Chad Clifton and Mark Tauscher are slow off the ball.

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