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
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.
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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