Ballin' In N'awlins
Strong Defensive Effort Propels Pack over the Saints
Packers cornerback Meir Payne tries to corral Saints halfback Bishop Sankey during Green Bay's 26-7 road win at the Superdome.
NEW ORLEANS, LA. [IP] -
The Green Bay Packers traveled south in week four to face The New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Any concerns about rust from their bye week evaporated immediately when Rashaan Jones returned the opening kickoff 99 yards for an early 7-0 Packer lead. On the ensuing drive, the Packers defense looked unsteady as halfback Bishop Sankey began to weave his way through the Green Bay defense on the ground before quarterback Jameis Winston hit Sankey on a sideline streak to give New Orleans a first down at the Packers' one yard line. The scoring opportunity was snuffed out when outside linebacker Danny Travathan stepped in front of wide receiver Tavon Austin to pick off the Winston pass in the end zone and return it to the Green Bay five yard line. Green Bay would pick off Winston 3 more times on their way to the 26-7 victory to move to 2-1.
Packers halfback Alvin Kamara finished the game with 102 yards on 19 carries. Spell back D'Anthony Thomas had a short TD run while kicker Kevin Wagner added 4 field goals. The Saints lone score came on a 64 yard screen pass to Tavon Austin.
Next week, the Baltimore Ravens visit Lambeau Field for the Packers home opener.