Sunday, September 30, 2012
Halftime: Packers 21, Saints 14
By Kevin Seifert
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- A few thoughts from halftime here at Lambeau Field:
- The Green Bay Packers have been in control for most of this game, but the New Orleans Saints are going as quietly as an 0-3 team might. The Saints got within a touchdown on an 80-yard drive before halftime, and quarterback Drew Brees has completed 20 of 24 passes against minimal pass rush. The Packers are going to have to change something up at halftime or Brees will continue picking them apart.
- Most of the picking apart is coming in the middle of the field. The Packers opened the game using a package of seven defensive backs on many plays, but a shoulder injury to safety M.D. Jennings has made that difficult. The Saints have 211 yards at halftime.
- This has been the best the Packers offense has played this season. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers has three touchdown passes, equaling his season total over the first three games. Receiver James Jones has been the primary beneficiary with two touchdown receptions.
- Receiver Greg Jennings has the other touchdown catch, but he has been ruled out for the second half with a groin injury. Jennings, who has been limited by a strained groin for several weeks, spent most of the second quarter on the sidelines.
- I'll be interested to note what the Packers saw to try a fake punt from the Saints' 17-yard line (!) in the second quarter. Upback John Kuhn took the direct snap and rushed five yards for a first down, but man, that was risky.
- OK, back to NFL Countdown Live.