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Thursday, September 8, 2011
Experts: Saints have no chance

By Pat Yasinskas
ESPN.com

Our eight-person panel, plus Pigskin Pick ‘Em and Accuscore have turned in their picks for Thursday night’s game between the New Orleans Saints and Green Bay Packers.

We’ve got a complete sweep on our hands. All 10 have the Packers winning. That seems pretty logical since the Packers are the defending Super Bowl champions. They’ll be playing at home in front of a crowd that’s always great, but should be even more wound up than usual because it’s a night game, the season opener and the Packers will be unveiling their Super Bowl banner.

I generally don’t do predictions, but I’m going to make an exception on this game. I think part of my decision to do this is just because I like to play the contrarian from time to time. So why not?

I’ll go with Saints 31, Packers 28.