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2017 Schedule
3-2, 2nd in NFC South
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FPI: Near coin flip at Lambeau Field

The Packers would be about a 2-1 favorite with Aaron Rodgers in the lineup, but ESPN's FPI sees Sunday's game as a dead heat with Brett Hundley starting. The Saints are seeking their first three-game road winning streak since 2014.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints RT Zach Strief said he is going to try and rehab his knee injury instead of having surgery (for now) to see if he's able to return in December. He said it's a sprained MCL "and some other stuff." "Hopefully I can come back, because I don't want to finish (my career) like this. I would love to come back and finish with my uniform on," said Strief, an 11-year veteran, who has spent his entire year in New Orleans. "At the same time, I'm a long way from complaining about anything, no matter what happens.”

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

No change to the Saints injury report. WR Willie Snead (hamstring) and LT Terron Armstead (shoulder) were limited -- but both are expected to play after making their 2017 debuts this past Sunday. Everyone else was full-go.

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Is blitzing the key for the Saints' D?

During its recent defensive surge, New Orleans has blitzed more often and been far more effective when doing so. The Saints have allowed a Total QBR of just 9.4 when sending five or more rushers over the last three games.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Drew Brees on one of his all-time great teammates, guard Jahri Evans, playing on the other sideline in Green Bay this week: “Jahri's a stud. Jahri's a stud. Love Jahri. Every guy in this locker room does. He was such a big part of our success over the last 11 years. And I wish him nothing but the best. It'll be funny to see him in a Green Bay uniform after being here his whole career. But he's the best.”

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How do Saints DBs avoid the hype? Gas masks

Worried about the media fawning over the Saints after three straight wins, Kenny Vaccaro & Co. are filtering out euphoria-inducing praise with masks.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Kenny Vaccaro on whether it's hard to prepare for a player like Brett Hundley (Aaron Rodgers' injury replacement) without having much film on him: “Yeah. But at the same time, I'd rather do that than prepare for Superman.”

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Woody, Herm give Saints the QB, defensive edges vs. Packers (0:48)
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Brees cherishes chance to play in Green Bay (0:43)
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Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Drew Brees talks about how much he appreciates the history whenever he gets the chance to play in Lambeau Field — and never knows how many more chances he'll get.

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Brees: 'We still don't know how good we can be' (0:27)
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Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Even without Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees said a trip to Lambeau Field is a good test for the Saints on their current three-game win streak. "Winning feels good. Winning cures a lot of ails. But we still don't know how good we can be," Brees said.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The Saints got a visit from Carli Lloyd and other members of the U.S. Women's national soccer team during Wednesday's practice as they prepare for a friendly match against the Korea Republic in New Orleans (photo courtesy of the Saints on Twitter). "They've inspired a nation on many occasions, with the way that they play," Saints QB Drew Brees said. "You can feel the team camaraderie, and man they're exciting to watch, they're fun to watch."

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Pretty short and sweet injury report for the Saints on Wednesday. WR Willie Snead (hamstring) and LT Terron Armstead (shoulder) were limited, just like last week. But they both played last week. Nobody else is on the list.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Kenny Vaccaro showed off one of the gas masks that he said veteran CB Sterling Moore bought for him and the other Saints DBs to prepare for people trying to gas them up after their three-game win streak.

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Brees always makes his teammates better (1:23)
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Predicting Week 7 in the NFL (0:47)

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Sean Payton said Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro has “played some of his best football” in the past few weeks after he was battling inconsistency the first two weeks and was temporarily pulled from the lineup. “There are a lot of things he's doing well right now,” said Payton, who said Vaccaro plays better when he's up closer to the play -- though Payton stressed that the team did not single out Vaccaro during the defense's early struggles. “These last few games, he's been outstanding.”

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Sean Payton said he just talked to the players about repeated mistakes that will cost them, despite their current three-game win streak. “We'll have no chance if we can't clean up some of these areas,” said Payton, who was asked for some specific examples. “Our third-down numbers offensively ... our communication defensively and eliminating some of the big plays that we've given up, even in the last game. I think our field goal protection has struggled – it's gonna cost us in a game. Our penalties on special teams are gonna cost us in a game.”

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints DE Cameron Jordan, who had two sacks and a batted pass/interception in the end zone for his first career touchdown Sunday, was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week for the first time in his career.

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FPI ranks best games of NFL Week 7: Saints at Packers

FPI does account for quarterback injuries, so it has already downgraded the Packers' rating. But a non-Rodgers story to keep an eye on in this one is the surprising competency of the Saints' defense.

Team Stats

Passing Yards258.45th
Rushing Yards113.814th
Points For29.04th
Points Against23.221st

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