Thursday, 08 September 2011 08:29
New Orleans Saints v. Green Bay Packers: Who Dat Talking?
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Green BayThe Big moment is now here.

New Orleans Saints vs. Green Bay Packers tonight on NBC.

Super Bowl  Champions 2009 vs. Super Bowl Champions 2010

 Brees vs. Rodgers

WhoDat vs. Cheese

Something has to give; something has got to break

Which team will it be?

Here’s how some look at the game:

Green Bay remains unchanged, and that will be the clear advantage on the field Thursday. The Packers didn't need to make any adjustments in the offseason. They hit their apex just as all of their ingenious draft signings hit their prime.The New Orleans Saints may tout some new toys, but the Packers have chemistry. When you mix that with an arm like Rodgers', it is a very deadly combination

Bleacher Report

t>Line: Packers by 4. Over/under: 47.

Sam Farmer’s pick: If the Packers can generate more of a pass rush than just Clay Matthews — and they’re now equipped to do so — they’ll continue the streak of the home team winning these openers. Packers 24, Saints 21.

Boston Herald

Saints have a roster better than just about everyone in the league and a coaching staff proven to be among the league's elite.The Saints' world-class production starts at quarterback and features one of the best inBrees, who is entering his 11th season, and is the 10th highest-rated passer in history.

The Packers have the most talented and deepest roster. There's no good reason to pick against them as repeat Super Bowl champs.

But I am in this game. Prediction: Saints 24-23. Take the 4 points.


Injury update: Saints -- WR Lance Moore out, K Garret Hartley out; WR Adrian Arringtion questionable, DT Tom Johnson questionable.

Packers: LB Frank Zombo out, LB Vic So'oto out; DT Mike Neal questionable.

Jake Query of WNDE, citing two unnamed sources whom he trusts, reports Peyton Manning already has had another procedure on his neck, and he'll miss the entire season. The radio show host reports that Manning's condition is far more serious than currently believed.


Forbes is out with its NFL team valuations and the Saints rank 21st with a worth of $965 million. The Cowboys are the most valuable at $1.85 billion. Saints owner Tom Benson bought the Saints from John Mecom in 1985 for $70 million. Mecom paid $7.5 million for  the new franchise in 1967... Valuation breakdown: Sport, $604 mil; market, $136 mil; stadium, $189 mil, and brand management, $35 mil..Revenue per fan: $85...

From Forbes: "New Orleans lacks the corporate sponsors and high net worth individuals that cities like New York, Dallas, Boston, Washington D.C. and Philadelphia have. But thanks to an improved stadium and lease, Benson's Saints should have no problems being financially competitive with all but a handful of teams..

by Ed Staton and Bayoubuzz Staff

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Ed Staton is a former sports writer for the Times Picayune and New Orleans States Item.  He also served as the New Orleans Saints Information Director.  He has won 43 media awards in writing, design and photography.  


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