The past two Super Bowl champions in the National Football League will get together on Thursday in the opening game of the league. The New Orleans Saints, who walked away with the title in 2010 will travel to Lambeau Field to take on the Green Bay Packers, who won the Super Bowl last February. Both teams feel they have a chance to not only win their division in 2011, but also feel they could win the entire NFC. The Green Bay Packers play in the NFC North, where they are the favorite over Detroit, Chicago and Minnesota. The Saints play in the NFC South with Atlanta, Tampa Bay and Carolina. The Packers went 3-1 in the pre-season, while New Orleans finished 2-2.
Green Bay Packers (-4)
The Green Bay Packers made a magical run last season, finishing as the NFC wildcard. Green Bay was the sixth seed, and won three road games: Philadelphia, Atlanta and Chicago to make the Super Bowl. The Packers then downed Pittsburgh to win it all. Aaron Rodgers should have a great season, after throwing for just shy of 4,000 yards a season ago. Rodgers top target was Greg Jennings, who caught 76 passes for 1,265 yards and 12 touchdowns. The Packers were one of the best passing defenses in the league, allowing just 194.2 yards per game. The Packers will play their next two games on the road; at Carolina and at Chicago.
New Orleans Saints (+4)
The New Orleans Saints made the postseason as well a season ago, but were downed on the road at Seattle. The Saints will look to new running back Mark Ingram, out of Alabama, to take the place of the flashy Reggie Bush. Bush signed in the off-season with the Miami Dolphins. New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees is also a MVP candidate. Brees threw for over 4,620 yards and 33 touchdowns last season. The Saints were also a great passing defense, allowing 193.9 yards per game. New Orleans plays their next two games at home, as they welcome the Chicago Bears and Houston Texans to the SuperDome.
This should be a great start to the National Football League season. Both of these teams can score points, but they also have solid defenses. Sean Payton just signed an extension to his contract, so look for him and his team to be very motivated in this game. The Saints are going to have a tought time dealing with the crazy crowd in Green Bay. In this game, we expect both teams to play a little tight, and the game to stay close. We are going to bet the New Orleans Saints +4 over the Green Bay Packers on Thursday night!