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Saints are extremely healthy headed to Green Bay

Kristian Garic
October 20, 2017 - 5:31 pm

I can't remember the last time the Saints had just two players on the injury report during the season.  The Saints listed LT Terron Armstead (shoulder) and WR Willie Snead (hamstring) as questionable for Sunday's clash with the Packers.  However, both players were listed as questionable last week and played significant snaps.

"I would expect both of them to play this week, they're a big part of your offense," said Saints color analyst Duece McAllister.

Armstead logged 64 snaps in his season debut last week. 

CB Delvin Breaux (fibula) has officially been designated injured reserve with a return designation.  Breaux has two weeks of practicing with the team before he's eligible to play in a game.  The Saints talented secondary could be talent rich when he returns. 

The Packers, on the other hand, are really banged up.  Green Bay listed four players out for this week, including LB Ahmad Brooks and QB Aaron Rodgers.

Saints coach Sean Payton sent a subtle reminder to the team about facing the Packers on the road this Sunday without Aaron Rodgers.  Payton had the field maintenance crew paint the Packers logos on the team's practice field on Airline Drive. 

“We do it periodically. We are playing on grass.  I think the main point and the challenge sometimes is when you leave a Bermuda (grass) field and you get up on a thicker grass field. I wouldn’t say it’s like Wembley, but you’re not going to be wearing the shoes out here that you will wear on Sunday.  More than anything it was really just the fact that we we’re going to be outside. It was something that sounded good," Payton explained. 

There is no such thing as an easy win in the NFL, but the Saints being favored by 5 points on the road tells you a lot about the loss of Aaron Rodgers and the recent play of the Saints.

"This is a talented team without Rodgers, but the Saints should win this game unless they go out there and have double digit penalties and turn the ball over a few times," explained McAllister.

I like the Saints to cover the five point spread and win their fourth straight game for the first time since 2013.  Saints win 24-17. 

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