RADIO: WWL-AM, 870; WWL-FM, 105.3 in New Orleans; KMDL-FM, 97.3 in Lafayette; WDGL-FM, 98.1 in Baton Rouge; en español, WGSO-AM, 990, FM, 97.9
RECORDS: New Orleans 3-2; Green Bay 4-2
COACHES: Saints, Sean Payton, 11th http://www.cmslamp.c...rsey-c-2_6.html season, 97-68; Packers, Mike McCarthy, 12th season, 118-63
LAST WEEK: A season with Super Bowl hopes suffered a crushing blow when two-time MVP Aaron Rodgers was knocked out with a broken collarbone, an injury that could potentially cost Rodgers the rest of the season. Unable to solve Minnesota's defense without Rodgers, the Packers lost 23-10 to the Vikings in Minneapolis.
OFFENSE: With Rodgers headed for surgery, the Packers will turn to backup Brett Hundley, a third-year quarterback who Green Bay has been grooming for three years. Hundley completed 18-of-33 passes for 157 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions against Minnesota's punishing defense, but the Packers are high on the UCLA product. Hundley, like Rodgers, has exceptional mobility and a strong arm. The problem for Hundley is that Rodgers is far from the only injury affecting Green Bay. Three of the Packers' starting five offensive linemen — LT David Bakhtiari (hamstring), RT Bryan Bulaga (concussion) and LG Lane Taylor (knee/ankle) — left the game against the Vikings with injury, leaving only C Corey Linsley and Saints legend Jahri Evans as sure bets to play in front of Hundley on Sunday. Battered by injury all season, the Packers have started a different offensive line combination in every single game so far and allowed 23 sacks, tied with Detroit for worst in the league. If the Packers' line or Hundley's legs can give him time, though, Green Bay has exceptional skill players. Wide receivers Davante Adams (28 catches, 339 yards), Randall Cobb (26 catches, 246 yards) and Jordy Nelson (25 catches, 290 yards) form a devastating trio, although Nelson has been banged up. Tight end Martellus Bennett is a load, and the running back combination of Aaron Jones and Ty Montgomery has had its moments, but the injuries have been crippling.
DEFENSE: The Packers secondary has been hit hard by injury. Green Bay opened Sunday's game without starting cornerbacks Kevin King (concussion), Davon House (quadriceps) and safety Morgan Burnett (hamstring), then lost cornerback Quinten Rollins to injured reserve with an Achilles injury. Cornerback Damarious Randall, who has two interceptions this season, and Pro Bowl safety HaHa Clinton-Dix are healthy, and the Packers might get some of those starters back this week, but the secondary was peppered with rookies and backups against Minnesota. Green Bay's defense ranks 14th overall and 18th in http://www.steelersp...eys-c-1_14.html yards per play allowed, led mostly by the front seven. Clay Matthews and Nick Perry still form a formidable pair of pass rushers off the edges, and Matthews is devastating when he shifts to blitz from inside. Nose tackle Kenny Clark and interior rusher Mike Daniels are both talented, and second-year linebacker Blake Martinez has blossomed, leading Green Bay with 48 tackles and six tackles-for-loss. For all of that talent, though, the Packers have merely been middle-of-the-road on defense this season, ranking 19th in rushing yards allowed per play and 18th in passing yards per play.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Kicker Mason Crosby has a consistent and powerful leg. Rookie punter Justin Vogel and the coverage unit is limiting opposing return men to just 3.5 yards per return. Green Bay's return game is nowhere near as dangerous as Detroit's; Trevor Davis has speed but lacks Jamal Agnew's track record.