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3-2, 2nd in NFC South

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints G Larry Warford is out of the game with an abdominal strain. Warford has been a solid, steady addition to the line this year after signing a big free-agent deal to migrate from Detroit. And it adds to a rotating list of injuries for the Saints' line. (C Max Unger and LT Terron Armstead were hurt in the summer; RT Zach Strief was placed on IR with a knee injury two weeks ago).

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

Drew Brees TD pass to Brandon Coleman. Double-move in the red zone. Slant and Go to beat rookie CB Kevin King.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Good start to the second half for the Saints and their passing game. Drew Brees threw a 22-yard TD pass to a wide-open Brandon Coleman after a great leaping 21-yard catch by Michael Thomas on third-and-9 a couple plays earlier. It's still an imperfect day for New Orleans, though, as the extra-point attempt was blocked. So the Packers still lead 14-13.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The Saints seem almost lucky to be trailing just 14-7 after a sloppy first half on a cold and rainy afternoon in Green Bay. Drew Brees has thrown two deep interceptions. And Ted Ginn Jr. has muffed two punts (one nullified by a penalty and the other that he recovered). The Saints need to play a cleaner second half and start forcing inexperienced Packers QB Brett Hundley to be the one making mistakes instead.

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

Touchdown run from Packers QB Brett Hundley. Pull the ball down and showcase that 4.6 speed.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints leaning on their running backs with Drew Brees off-target on a sloppy day in Green Bay. Mark Ingram scored on a 12-yard TD run on third-and-1 (then did the Lambeau Leap!) to tie the score 7-7 early in the second quarter. Ingram has 10 runs for 46 yards already. Alvin Kamara has two runs for 16 yards and four catches for 47 yards.

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

That's the second interception for Drew Brees. And another ball thrown into tight coverage. Packers CB Davon House was on the hip of the WR to play the fade route.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Drew Brees has now thrown two interceptions in the first quarter Sunday -- and four over the past three quarters -- after he didn't throw a single pick in the first 18 quarters of this season. Both came on deep passes at Green Bay. The second wasn't as off-target as the first (which was underthrown). But it's been a rough start for New Orleans' passing game on a cold, wet day. Even Brees' 40-yard connection with Ted Ginn Jr. was underthrown and required a diving catch.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Rough start for the previously red-hot Saints in Lambeau Field. Drew Brees threw an interception in the end zone from Green Bay's 20-yard line -- an underthrown ball intended for receiver Brandon Coleman that was easily snagged by CB Damarious Randall. The Saints did not turn the ball over in the first four games this year (tying a NFL record). But now they have four turnovers in the past three quarters.

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

Aaron Jones 46 yard TD run for the Packers. Block down and pull the guard. Create a lane for Jones to cut up the field. Jones is already up to 70 yards rushing on just four carries.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The Saints are quickly down 7-0 after allowing a 46-yard TD run to Packers rookie Aaron Jones on the opening drive. Saints coach Sean Payton has continued to harp on the Saints' need to stop allowing explosive plays, despite their impressive defensive turnaround in recent weeks. Jones also began the game with a 15-yard run.

Seth Walder ESPN Analytics 

Today's Saints-Packers game has significant ramifications for both teams' playoff chances.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The Saints (3-2) are over .500 for the first time since 2013 (they busted the longest active streak in the NFL last week). Today, they'll try to win their fourth straight game for the first time since 2013, as well.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The Saints' defense will try to continue their remarkable turnaround this week against first-time starting QB Brett Hundley. The Saints pitched their first shutout since 2012 in a 20-0 over Miami three weeks ago. Then after a bye, they followed with a franchise-record three defensive TDs in last week's 52-38 win over Detroit. DE Cameron Jordan was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week for the first time, thanks to two sacks and a batted pass that he intercepted in the end zone.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Drew Brees will be making his 238th career start today. Packers QB Brett Hundley will be making his first. According to ESPN Stats and Information, the only bigger disparity in the Super Bowl era came when Matt Cassel made his first career start against Brett Favre in 2008. ... However, the Saints lost their last two games against QBs making their first career starts (Robert Griffin III in 2012 and Max Hall in 2010).

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Cleats were a huge point of emphasis for the Saints this week as they prepared for the sometimes-slippery turf at Lambeau Field. ESPN's Dianna Russini reported that Sean Payton showed players clips of players slipping at Green Bay throughout the week and encouraged players to wear screw-in cleats – though they will experiment throughout the day to find out which length works best.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints DE Hau'oli Kikaha is a healthy inactive for the first time this year. Rookie DE Al-Quadin Muhammad is active in his place. It's unclear why the Saints made the switch, but it doesn't appear to be injury-related since Kikaha was never on the injury report. Also inactive for the Saints: WR Willie Snead (as previously reported), WR Austin Carr, CB Sterling Moore, DT John Hughes, G John Greco and QB Taysom Hill.

ESPN Stats & Info

FPI: Near coin flip at Lambeau Field

The Packers would be about a 2-1 favorite with Aaron Rodgers in the lineup, but ESPN's FPI sees Sunday's game as a dead heat with Brett Hundley starting. The Saints are seeking their first three-game road winning streak since 2014.

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Week 7 NFL score predictions: Saints at Packers

With Aaron Rodgers' injury last Sunday, New Orleans will suddenly enjoy a huge advantage in quarterback experience at Green Bay this Sunday.

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Berry high on Kamara against Packers (1:53)

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints CB Delvin Breaux was in uniform on the practice field Friday, though he was not participating in the portion open to the media. This was the first week Breaux was eligible to practice, and he is eligible to play his first game in Week 9 after he began the year on injured reserve with a broken fibula. “I think Delvin's on or ahead of schedule,” Saints coach Sean Payton said. “And I think it's not long here before he's doing everything.”

Team Stats

Passing Yards258.46th
Rushing Yards113.814th
Points For29.04th
Points Against23.221st

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