1. Brees might be the best QB in the league
Credit head coach Sean Payton, who used a bevy of different formations, motion, bunch formations and crossing routes to counter the Packers' man-to-man coverage and make it almost impossible for them to bump receivers coming off the line – both of which were Green Bay strong suits. It was the most points the Packers have given up since a 55-24 loss to the New York Giants in the 1986 season finale.
2. Rodgers didn't win it, but he didn't lose it either
On the plus side, Rodgers was 23 of 41 for 248 yards with two touchdowns, including 11 of 17 for 108 yards and a score in the first half. He also showed his athleticism when he scanned the field on third-and-6 at the Saints 10-yard line, saw all his receivers covered and took off for the end zone, diving in for a score with 1:52 left before the break to tie the game at 21. It was Rodgers' fourth rushing touchdown of the season.
3. No Bush, no problem
But who needs Bush or Wildcat trickery when you have Pierre Thomas, a back only fantasy football connoisseurs would know anything about. All Thomas did was rush for 87 yards on 15 carries with two touchdowns, along with snagging three passes for 34 yards. His 31-yard burst off right tackle with just under nine minutes remaining was the final nail in the coffin.
4. Making the playoffs just got a whole lot harder
With three NFC opponents among their five remaining games, including the Bears, it's imperative that the Packers win those games to keep their hopes alive. Of course, if the Packers can't correct the chaos that was their defense Monday night, they'll be lucky to win one more. And the Saints may have given the rest of the league a blueprint on how to beat them.
5. Frost is getting colder
Frost entered the Superdome with a 42-yard average (28th in the NFL), a 36.4 net average (26th) with eight punts inside the opponent's 20-yard line (27th). Signed by the Seahawks after his release from Green Bay, Ryan is averaging 45.9 yards (ninth) and a 37.3 net (18th) with 12 kicks inside the 20 (23rd). While Frost had two key punts at Minnesota, this is a move that could cost the Packers down the stretch.
W. Keith Roerdink is a Staff Writer for Packer Report and PackerReport.com. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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