Kickoff: Monday, 7:30 p.m. CT
Surface: Sportexe Momentum
Television: ESPN – Mike Tirico, Ron Jaworski, Tony Kornheiser, Suzy Kolber, Michelle Tafoya
Series: 21st regular-season meeting. Packers lead series 14-6. Although Green Bay has the upper hand in the all-time record, the Saints have won two of the past three meetings. The Packers' most recent visit to New Orleans resulted in a 35-20 loss in 2002. The Saints also won the teams' last matchup, 34-27 at Green Bay in 2006. The teams are meeting in prime time for the first time. The intra-conference foes have never met in the postseason.
KEYS TO THE GAME
The Packers have to like the matchup of their deep receiving corps against the Saints' shaky secondary. The Saints don't have the cover men to match up with Greg Jennings, Donald Driver and Co., and they won't get much help from the pass rush. New Orleans has just 18 sacks, and Packers QB Aaron Rodgers moves well. Still, Green Bay is getting improved production from RB Ryan Grant and will get him 25-plus carries to help rest the defense. ... The matchup of the week could be Saints QB Drew Brees facing the Packers' turnover-happy defense. Brees leads the league with 3,251 passing yards, but he has also thrown 11 interceptions. A key factor will be how well his receivers deal with the bump-and-run style of the Packers secondary, which leads the league with 16 picks and a league-best 51.5 completion percentage against. Green Bay is far more vulnerable on the ground, but the Saints have yet to mount a consistent ground game.
Packers: Driver (family matter) is expected to return in time for the game; DE Jeremy Thompson (groin) should play.
Saints: RB Reggie Bush (knee) has a chance to return this week if his knee responds well following practice; C Jonathan Goodwin (knee) is uncertain.
Of Jennings' 20 career touchdowns, 10 have been for 40-plus yards. ... Brees is on pace to throw for 5,202 yards this season, which would break Dan Marino's single-season record of 5,084 in 1984.
C Scott Wells
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Packers: DE Aaron Kampman was added to the injury report with a calf injury. Kampman had limited work in practice Thursday, but the injury isn't believed to be serious. Expect Kampman to make the start at left end Monday. ... DT Colin Cole was added to the injury report with an elbow injury. Cole has been dealing with some soreness in the elbow the past few weeks and has managed to play, so he should be ready to play Monday. He was a full participant in practice Thursday. ... C Scott Wells also was added to the injury report with an unspecified shoulder injury. Wells went through the full practice Thursday, so he should be OK to make the start in the upcoming game. ... LT Chad Clifton was a full participant Thursday, a day after he was held out of team drills so he could rest his chronically sore knees. He'll be good to go Monday. ... CB Jarrett Bush didn't practice for the second straight day because of a sprained ankle. The key special-teams contributor isn't a certainty to play Monday, though he did play with the injury in the last game. ... S Charlie Peprah was added to the injury report with a calf injury. The backup had limited work Thursday. The severity of the injury isn't known.
Saints: FB Mike Karney will miss his second straight game Monday night against the Green Bay Packers with a sprained MCL in his right knee. ... CB Aaron Glenn did not practice Thursday because of a recurrence of his left ankle injury and will not play against the Packers on Monday night. ... RB Deuce McAllister did not practice Thursday after having fluid drained from his surgically repaired left knee, but he said the knee will be fine for Monday night's game. ... RT Jon Stinchcomb, who has a strained right calf, was limited Thursday but played with it last week and should be ready Monday. ... WR Marques Colston was limited Thursday with a sore left knee that was surgically repaired during the offseason.
Packers 30, Saints 28.
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