The two quarterbacks both tossed for three TDs and no picks, yet it was the meeting Packers who beat the competition
The New Orleans Saints played host to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night, yet the Packers were the ones who took all the energy at the last part of a premium NFC shootout.
Drew Brees bounced back from a calm Week 2 misfortune with three scores, including two to star play-creator Alvin Kamara, and the Saints showed up on their way to a potential late-game triumph because of an essential fourth-down stop. Aaron Rodgers and Co. were more hazardous, notwithstanding, driving here and there the field to guarantee a 37-30 win and improve to 3-0 on the 2020 NFL season.
Here are some quick takeaways from the Packers’ third consecutive success.
Why the Packers won
The Saints may have some great pieces on their guard, however like Derek Carr seven days sooner, Aaron Rodgers just dismantled them on Sunday night – aside from in substantially more exciting, huge play style. Without Davante Adams in the setup, No. 12 actually figured out how to interface on a modest bunch of delightful bombs and blossom with rollout throws while taking care of a super profitable Allen Lazard.
He additionally killed New Orleans in time to take care of business with his smarts, most remarkably drawing a couple of punishments to place the Pack in the red zone with a lead and under four minutes to play.
Credit Matt LaFleur for dialing up a course of action to keep the Saints tense the entire night, and credit Rodgers for executing it with power. Protectively, Green Bay wasn’t close to as compelling, permitting Alvin Kamara to pile on computer game details as Drew Brees’ top passing outlet, however they likewise removed the greater part of Brees’ external targets, restricting Sean Payton’s assault to a dink-and-dunk approach for a great part of the night.
Why the Saints lost
A large portion of the fault has a place with the safeguard, where New Orleans and its veteran heads – Cameron Jordan, Malcolm Jenkins, Demario Davis – fizzled for a second consecutive week at keeping things close enough.
Marshon Lattimore may have had a basic fourth-down stop, and Davis may have sacked Rodgers, yet a few features amount to nothing when you surrender almost 40 focuses at home, particularly to a group without its obvious No. 1 wideout. Where on the planet was the contraband safeguard? Rodgers had only fully open targets.
You can likewise credit a portion of the late-game move in energy away from the Saints to Sean Payton’s dynamic, explicitly his emphasis on consolidating Taysom Hill at unfavorable occasions. Drew Brees, in the interim, shouldn’t be thrashed for an exceptionally proficient exhibition that legitimately took care of Alvin Kamara (an outright stud in the game), yet you actually need to puzzle over whether his aversion to push the ball downfield has prevented their capacity to win shootouts.
Tied at 27, the Saints had recently gotten an immense stop on a fourth-and-1, stuffing an Aaron Jones hurry to take over right off the bat in the final quarter. Yet, at that point, rather than approaching Brees to proceed with his productive short-zone passing assault, Sean Payton focused on Taysom Hill for a read alternative, during which Hill mishandled away the ball, gave Green Bay belonging and set up a Packers field objective that put the guests out in front for good.
Play of the game
Nobody verged on coordinating Kamara on his razzle-stun catch-and-run TD to hitch the game at 27 late in the second from last quarter. This play alone typified a colossal night for the Saints’ star running back, who could conceivably be the best non-QB play-producer in the NFL:
The Saints (1-2) will take off in Week 4 to take on the Detroit Lions (1-2), who simply resentful the Arizona Cardinals in a rebound triumph. The Packers (3-0), in the interim, will be back in ideal time on Monday night to take on the Atlanta Falcons (0-3), who have now blown two straight 15-point final quarter leads subsequent to tumbling to the Chicago Bears in Week 3.