Monday 23 October 2017 / 08:52 PM

Saints are back for at least one game!

This is truly turning into one of the wildest and most unpredictable NFL seasons of all time.

Just when it looked like Aaron Rodgers and the Packers were playing up to expectations, they were blown out of the park (or dome) 44-23 by the struggling New Orleans Saints.

Finally, some fantasy points for owners who drafted players from the usually potent Saints offense:

Eddie Lacy had a huge game with 182 total yards (123 yards receiving on 8 catches) but the Packers defense couldn’t come up with any answers for the Saints offense.

All good things must end

The loss snaps a four game win streak for Green Bay and drops them into second place in the NFC North after the Detroit Lions stunned the Atlanta Falcons in London 22-21 after trailing 21 to zip.

Green Bay gets a week to think about things as they head into their BYE week. The rest couldn’t come at a better time after Rodgers tweaked his hamstring in the third quarter.

They get back to work on November 9 at home against the floundering Chicago Bears. At 5-3 the Packers are in a good position to make a playoff run, but the Lions look to finally be taking the “next step”.

The week 17 match-up between these two clubs could wind up being an epic battle to decide the division. Let’s cross our fingers.

The shining turd in a shitty division

I’m not quite ready to announce that the Saints are back and are once again a Super Bowl contender, but at 3-4 they’re just a hair behind the 3-4-1 Carolina Panthers, who lost a heartbreaker 13-9 to the Seahawks on a last-minute Wilson to Willson TD pass.

The NFC South looks like a division that could be won with a 9-7 record, and should the Saints beat the Panthers next Thursday in Carolina, they’d be in the driver’s seat at 4-4.

The biggest question with New Orleans still revolves around their Swiss cheese secondary. They are second to worst in the NFL in pass defense, giving up an incredible 289.3 yards per game!

Then again, the league’s worst pass defense belongs to the Patrick Peterson-led 6-1 Arizona Cardinals, so perhaps ranking teams by single statistical categories is overrated.

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