Green Bay Packers vs New Orleans Saints Prediction, 9/12/2021 NFL Pick, Tips and Odds, Week 1
Game: Green Bay Packers vs New Orleans Saints
Date: Sunday, September 12, 2021
Location: TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, FL
Odds/Point Spread: Saints (-1.5)
The Green Bay Packers (13-3-0 last year) are traveling to TIAA Bank Field on Sunday where they will go up against the New Orleans Saints (12-4-0 last season). New Orleans opens this contest as 1.5-point favorites from Vegas oddsmakers. The total is set at 51.
The Green Bay Packers ended the season holding a 13-3-0 record. In their last contest, the Packers went up against the Buccaneers and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 31-26. Aaron Rodgers went 33/48 with 346 yds passing and 3 TDs. He had a QB rate of 101.6 and walked away from the contest with 1 interception. Davante Adams had an average of 7.4 yds per reception by accounting for 67 yds on 9 catches. Jamaal Williams was the rushing leader for the Packers with 7 attempts for 23 yds (3.3 yards per carry). When all was said and done, they had 69 plays which converted into 381 yds. The Green Bay Packers ran the ball 16 times and accumulated 67 yds, earning them an average of 4.2 yds per carry. Against the rush, the Packers gave up 76 yds on 24 attempts, which is 3.2 yards per run surrendered. Green Bay allowed 20 pass completions on 36 tries for 275 yards, and a completion percentage of 55.6%.
The Packers attained 6,224 total yards last year. They surrendered the ball 11 different times (5 interceptions and 6 fumbles). Green Bay compiled 48 touchdowns via the pass and 16 rushing touchdowns. Green Bay had 216 1st downs offensively, and they committed 84 infractions for 684 yards. Offensively they averaged 132.4 yds via the ground game, ranking them 8th in the NFL. In terms of getting in the endzone, the Green Bay Packers were sitting at 31.8 points per game.
Regarding yards via the pass, the Packers allowed 3,539 yards which ranked them 7th in football. During their 16 games played last season, they gave up 221.2 yards per game via the pass and surrendering a completion percentage of 64.6%. They allowed 334.0 yards/outing ranking them 9th in the NFL. They conceded 23 touchdowns through the air and 16 touchdowns on the ground. They allowed an average of 4.5 yards per tote and 112.8 rushing yards per game for the previous season. In total, they gave up 1,805 rushing yards through 16 contests. The Packers sat in 13th in the league in terms of team defense, giving up 23.1 PPG.
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The Saints finished the season having a 12-4-0 mark. When they last stepped on the field, the Saints took a loss by a score of 30-20 when they faced the Buccaneers. Drew Brees (1 touchdown) ended the contest with 134 yds on 19/34 passing while his quarterback rate was 38.1. He threw 3 interceptions and his longest pass completion was 16 yds. Alvin Kamara carried the football 18 times for 85 yds, walking away from the contest with 4.7 yards per carry for New Orleans. Emmanuel Sanders was featured in the passing game for the Saints, snagging 6 passes for 48 yards (8.0 yards per catch). New Orleans ended up running for 4.2 yds per carry, finishing the contest with 104 yards on 25 carries. The Saints finished with a total of 294 yds while running 60 plays (4.9 yards per play). The Saints pass defense conceded a completion rate of 54.5%, surrendering 189 yards on 18 for 33 passing. New Orleans gave up 35 running attempts for 127 yds (3.6 yards per carry).
The New Orleans Saints maintained an average of 376.4 yards/outing which was good for 12th out of all teams in the NFL. They tossed 8 interceptions while losing 9 fumbles and they recorded 199 first downs. They averaged 141.6 yards per game via the rush and rushed for 2,265 yards for last year. The New Orleans offense totaled 1,005 yds of penalties on 98 infractions, which was 9th in the league in terms of hurting your team. Last season, the Saints compiled 3,758 yards via the pass as well as averaging 234.9 passing yards per outing, which had them ranked 19th in the NFL. When looking at their ability to score points, the Saints were ranked 5th in the NFL averaging 30.1 PPG.
The Saints surrendered 21.1 points per contest, which had them ranked 5th in the league. Last season, they gave up 337 total points. New Orleans surrendered a total of 1,502 yards rushing (93.9 yards/game) and 11 touchdowns on the ground last year. They conceded 28 touchdowns via the pass in addition to 217.0 yards per game, which had them ranked 5th in football. The Saints defense took the field for 992 plays, which had them ranked 4th in the league. Their defense had 26 turnovers (8 fumbles and 18 interceptions) for the prior year.
Who will win tonight's Packers/Saints NFL game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the New Orleans -1.5
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