Jan 24, 2021; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA;  Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) during the NFC Championship game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Lambeau Field.  Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Double Jeopardy: Packers QB Aaron Rodgers talks future plans

Dec 13, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) throws a pass as Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Shamar Stephen (93) defends during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Full-time Green Bay Packers quarterback and part-time game show host Aaron Rodgers continues to imply his future is in jeopardy. And perhaps in “Jeopardy!”

Rodgers began a two-week stint as host of “Jeopardy!” on Monday and has serious interest in handling the role of the late Alex Trebek on a full-time basis.

The situation is not overly complicated, to hear Rodgers tell it. At least not as complicated as compared to his contract talks with Green Bay general manager Brian Gutekunst.

“I don’t think I’d need to give up football to do it,” Rodgers said on the Pat McAfee Show of becoming the full-time host of “Jeopardy!”

“They film 46 days a year. I worked 187 this year in Green Bay. That gives me 178 days to do ‘Jeopardy!’ So I feel like I could fit 46 into that 178 and make it work. It would be a dream job for sure, and I’m not shy at all about saying I want the job. That’s how I went into it. I want an opportunity to be in the mix.”

The celebrity stand-ins on the game show include Anderson Cooper, Savannah Guthrie, Mayim Bialik and Bill Whitaker, correspondent for “60 Minutes.”

Rodgers sees some synergy between his professional path, following Brett Favre in Titletown, and this possible next step.

“I bring an audience from the NFL, and I feel like I appeal to nerdy people, too, because I was a nerd in high school and got caught in that weird phase of wanting to be a jock and an athlete and also really caring about getting good grades,” Rodgers said. “And at the same time, there’s not many bigger fans of the show than me. I’ve been watching it for years and years and years. I respect the show and appreciate the history of it, and also there’s my background of stepping in for a legend and their footsteps. I feel like all that combined makes me a pretty good candidate.”

How many of those footsteps might be taken in Green Bay still seems clouded in Rodgers’ own mind. He made headlines at the end of the season by opining his future was “up in the air” with the Packers. The team selected quarterback Jordan Love in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft.

“Nothing’s really changed. My future, a lot of it, is out of my control,” Rodgers said on the Pat McAfee Show. “That’s why I used a phrase like ‘a beautiful mystery’ because it is quite uncertain which direction things will go. All I can do is play my best, and I feel like last year I did do that. I may have thrown a wrench in some timelines that may have been thought about or desired.”

–Field Level Media

Feb 4, 2021; Tampa, FL, USA;  Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Patrick Mahomes early favorite to win 2021 NFL MVP award

The dust has barely settled from Super Bowl LV and all eyes have turned back to Patrick Mahomes.

Despite seeing his Kansas City Chiefs come up short in the big game last week, Mahomes has been installed as the early favorite to win NFL Most Valuable Player honors for the 2021 season.

Mahomes, who won the award in 2018, is listed at +500 by DraftKings.

Mahomes, 25, is expected to be motivated after throwing for 4,740 yards and 38 touchdowns during the regular season before enduring one of the worst games of his NFL career in last Sunday’s 31-9 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He completed 26 of 49 passes for 270 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions in Super Bowl LV.

Reigning NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers resides at +800 to capture his fourth such award.

Rodgers received 44 votes to earn his third career MVP award (2011, 2014) on Feb. 6. Rodgers led the league with 48 touchdown passes, a 70.7 percent completion rate and a 121.5 rating.

Fellow quarterbacks Josh Allen (Buffalo Bills) and Russell Wilson (Seattle Seahawks) are both listed at +1300 to win the 2021 NFL MVP.

Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford is fifth on the list at +1500 following his trade from the Detroit Lions.

Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady of the Buccaneers sits at +1600 to win his fourth NFL MVP honor, while Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson has the same odds to capture his second in three years.

The first non-quarterbacks on the list are Tennessee Titans bulldozer Derrick Henry and fellow running back Christian McCaffrey of the Carolina Panthers. Both are at +3300.

–Field Level Media

Sep 20, 2020; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA;  Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) talks with head coach Matt LaFleur during the third quarter of the game against the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Packers ‘absolutely’ expect QB Aaron Rodgers back in 2021

Aaron Rodgers is “absolutely” the quarterback of the present and future for the Green Bay Packers.

Head coach Matt LaFleur said in a video press conference Monday that the likely league MVP is unquestionably returning to the team. That expectation came into question following the NFC Championship game loss, when Rodgers said his future was unclear.

“Is that a trick question? Absolutely,” LaFleur said Monday. “There’s no doubt about it. You’re talking about the guy who’s going to win the MVP of the league. We’re not in this position without him.”

The Los Angeles Times reported Sunday morning that the Rams attempted to acquire Rodgers before pulling the trigger on a trade for Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford on Saturday. According the report, Los Angeles GM Les Snead was unequivocally rebuffed in the trade bid.

Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst was asked about that conversation on Monday.

“There’s no truth to that whatsoever,” Gutekunst said.

Gutekunst expounded on the team’s position on Rodgers and shared the expectation that they would be together “for years to come.”

“He’s our quarterback. He’s our leader,” Gutekunst said.

He didn’t stop there.

“What we’re trying to do as an organization, and what we’re trying to accomplish, we can’t do without Aaron Rodgers right now,” Gutekunst said.

Rodgers is the favorite to win NFL Most Valuable Player honors for the third time after passing for 4,299 yards and a franchise-record 48 touchdowns. He has two years remaining on a $134 million contract extension. But questions began circling from Rodgers himself and onlookers after the Packers traded up to select quarterback Jordan Love with the 26th overall pick of the 2020 NFL Draft.

“We’re not idiots,” Packers CEO Mark Murphy told The 5th Quarter Show on WNFL in Green Bay last week. “Aaron Rodgers will be back. He’s our leader.”

LaFleur said Monday the Packers are still talking to candidates to replace Mike Pettine as defensive coordinator. LaFleur admitted a miscommunication with Pettine at the end of the first half of the team’s loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers cost the Packers dearly.

He also said he’s considering passing off playcalling duties to Nathaniel Hackett to free himself to oversee the larger operation.

–Field Level Media

Jan 16, 2021; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA;  Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) looks to pass in the first quarter during the game against the Los Angeles Rams at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Packers carve up Rams to reach NFC title game

In a matchup of the NFL’s top-ranked offense and defense, it was Green Bay’s offense that carried the day.

Rolling up 484 total yards and scoring on their first five possessions Saturday, the top-seeded Packers advanced to the NFC Championship Game with a 32-18 victory over the visiting Los Angeles Rams.

Green Bay will host either Tampa Bay or New Orleans, who play Sunday in New Orleans, on Jan. 24 with a spot in the Super Bowl at stake.

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers completed 23 of 36 passes for 296 yards and two touchdowns, finding Allen Lazard for the game-sealing 58-yard score off play-action with 6:52 left in the game. Rodgers added a touchdown run as Green Bay controlled the ball for 36:12.

“It’s all about the offensive line,” he said. “I was barely touched all night. (The Rams) have some really good players on that side of the ball and they were non-factors. Guys made plays and we had some off-schedule stuff that worked, but the run game was key.”

The Packers collected 188 yards on the ground, getting 99 on 14 carries from Aaron Jones. It was Jones’ 60-yard gallop on the first play of the second half that set up his 1-yard plunge to make it a 25-10 game less than three minutes into the third quarter.

The sixth-seeded Rams drew within 25-18 at 1:41 of the third on Cam Akers’ powerful 7-yard run and a two-point conversion but couldn’t produce the equalizer. They gained just 244 total yards.

Jared Goff hit 21 of 27 passes for 174 yards and a touchdown for Los Angeles. Goff, playing with a thumb injury that kept him out of the starting lineup for last week’s wild card win in Seattle, absorbed four sacks.

“You could see why they’re the one seed,” said Rams coach Sean McVay. “When you reflect on the game, there was a lot of back and forth, great plays on both sides. We had opportunities to sustain drives and get momentum going and couldn’t do it. That stings.”

Mason Crosby’s 24-yard field goal with 8:39 left in the first quarter initiated scoring. After Matt Gay drilled a 37-yarder just over four minutes later for the Rams, the Packers chewed up nearly eight minutes on a drive that ended with Rodgers’ 1-yard touchdown pass to Davante Adams.

Rodgers capped the next march with a 1-yard run, using a pump fake to get Leonard Floyd out of position for the tackle to make it 16-3 with 3:29 remaining in the half. Los Angeles pulled within 16-10 on Goff’s 4-yard scoring strike to Van Jefferson 29 seconds before halftime.

But Green Bay came up with the half’s last word, driving 54 yards to set up Crosby for a 39-yard field goal as time expired to give it a 19-10 advantage at intermission.

–Field Level Media

Jan 10, 2021; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) and defensive end Myles Garrett (95) celebrate after the AFC Wild Card playoff game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports

Divisional round primer: Browns take aim at another upset

The Cleveland Browns get to celebrate their first postseason win in 26 years but their reward isn’t as fun as wakeboarding on Lake Erie.

The sixth-seeded Browns receive a date next Sunday (3:05 p.m. ET) against the top-seeded Kansas City Chiefs.

The host Chiefs are also known as the defending Super Bowl champions and are heavy favorites to end Cleveland’s season in the AFC divisional round matchup.

But Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield isn’t willing to listen to the refrain, not after his team led the entire way in Sunday’s 48-37 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the wild-card round.

“Nobody here is satisfied yet,” Mayfield said. “There’s a new standard and we’re going to try to keep it that way.”

The powerful Chiefs are well-rested after receiving a bye and quarterback Patrick Mahomes likely took note that Cleveland allowed Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger to complete 47 passes (in 68 attempts) for 501 yards.

Following is a quick glance at next week’s other three playoff games:

Baltimore Ravens at Buffalo Bills
The second-seeded Bills halted their own playoff issues on Saturday when they edged the Indianapolis Colts 27-24 for their first postseason triumph since the 1995 season. Buffalo will host the fifth-seeded Ravens on Saturday (8:15 p.m. ET).

Quarterback Josh Allen has provided Buffalo with a toughness quality at quarterback and top target Stefon Diggs has been superb all season. The Ravens counter with Lamar Jackson, who passed for 179 yards and rushed for 136 in Sunday’s 20-13 slaying of the fourth-seeded Tennessee Titans.

Baltimore is more accustomed to postseason play than the Bills and will certainly hope its defense can rattle Allen. The Ravens impressively held Titans’ 2,000-yard back Derrick Henry to 40 yards on 18 carries.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints
Tom Brady and Drew Brees will square off for the third time this season when the fifth-seeded Buccaneers visit the second-seeded Saints on Sunday (6:40 p.m. ET). New Orleans and Brees won the first two matchups by a combined 72-26.

The Saints held Chicago out of the end zone until the final play of Sunday’s 21-9 victory in the NFC wild-card round and will look to frustrate Brady. The 43-year-old Brady threw just two touchdowns against New Orleans this season while being picked off five times and sacked on six occasions.

Brees tossed six touchdown passes without an interception against the Buccaneers. And it surely doesn’t hurt to have do-everything running back Alvin Kamara on your team.

Los Angeles Rams at Green Bay Packers
NFL MVP favorite Aaron Rodgers and the top-seeded Green Bay Packers are coming off a bye as they prepare to host the Los Angeles Rams on Saturday (4:35 p.m. ET).

The sixth-seeded Rams already won one game in which few gave them a chance as they recorded a 30-20 road win over the Seattle Seahawks. Jared Goff (fractured right thumb) was forced into action when backup quarterback John Wolford suffered a neck injury and he is going to need to be able to throw the ball better (he was 9 of 19 vs. Seattle) for the Rams to keep up with the Packers.

Rodgers and star wideout Davante Adams (tied Sterling Sharpe’s franchise record of 18 touchdown catches) have been terrorizing defenses all season. Green Bay figures to keep its foot on the pedal early and often as it knows the Rams aren’t equipped for a shootout.

–Field Level Media

Dec 13, 2020; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams (17) celebrates with quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) after a touchdown during the first quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Packers beat Lions to clinch NFC North crown

Aaron Rodgers passed for 290 yards and three touchdowns — including a record-setting score to Davante Adams — and ran for another score as the visiting Green Bay Packers clinched their second straight NFC North title with a 31-24 victory against the Detroit Lions on Sunday.

Green Bay (10-3) vaulted into possession of the top seed in the NFC with the New Orleans Saints’ loss at Philadelphia. The Packers, who own the tiebreaker against the Saints, play two of their final three regular season games at home.

Detroit (5-8) saw its flickering NFC playoff hopes take a hit as quarterback Matthew Stafford exited the game with a rib injury late in the fourth quarter. Stafford was shaken up on a hit by Kenny Clark one play before Kerryon Johnson scored on a 2-yard run to bring the Lions within 28-21 with 6:30 remaining and was later replaced by Chase Daniel.

Packers placekicker Mason Crosby kicked a 57-yard field goal on the ensuing possession before Matt Prater’s 32-yarder brought the Lions within the final margin with 1:49 to go. Detroit’s onside kick attempt after the Prater field goal went out of bounds, and the Packers closed the game with a first down.

Green Bay raced to a near perfect start, with Rodgers completing each of his 10 throws on the team’s first two possessions for 119 yards and touchdowns to Davante Adams and Marquez Valdes-Scantling.

Adams’ 56-yard catch and run marked the eighth straight game in which he has caught a touchdown, breaking Hall of Famer Don Hutson’s franchise record. Adams has 14 touchdown receptions this season, tied with Tyreek Hill of the Kansas City Chiefs for tops in the NFL.

Stafford was 24-for-34 passing for 244 yards and a touchdown to T.J. Hockenson. Danny Amendola led the Lions with six receptions for 66 yards, while D’Andre Swift ran for a touchdown in his return to the lineup after a three-game absence.

Adams had seven receptions for 115 yards and a touchdown while Valdes-Scantling had six catches for 85 yards and a score. Rodgers opened the second-half scoring with a 6-yard touchdown run to cap a 14-play, 75-yard touchdown drive that swallowed 8:49 of clock time as Green Bay took a 21-14 lead.

Aaron Jones paced the Green Bay ground game with 15 carries for 69 yards.

The Packers’ defense sacked Stafford four times.

The teams entered halftime tied at 14, with Rodgers and Stafford both turning in sparkling first halves. Rodgers was 12-for-15 for 149 yards and two touchdowns in the first 30 minutes while Stafford was 17-for-22 for 203 yards and a touchdown.

–Field Level Media

Nov 5, 2020; Santa Clara, California, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) throws a pass during warm ups before a game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Packers, Jags meet in battle of veteran, rookie QBs

Aaron Rodgers aims to continue his strong campaign when the Green Bay Packers host the beleaguered Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.

Rodgers passed for 24 touchdowns in the first half of the season to place him in position to surpass his career high of 45 set in 2011. He has completed 67.5 percent of his passes for 2,253 yards with just two interceptions.

Rodgers passed for 305 yards and four touchdowns during a 34-17 rout of the San Francisco on Nov. 5 to mark the fourth time this season he threw for four scores in a game. However, the 36-year-old veteran is more pleased with Green Bay’s 6-2 record at the halfway point.

“There’s nothing better than winning,” Rodgers said. “They all count, they’re all special.”

Helping Rodgers look good is standout wideout Davante Adams, who had 10 receptions for 173 yards and one touchdown against San Francisco. The contest marked the third time — in just six games — that Adams topped 150 yards.

The 27-year-old missed two-plus games with a hamstring injury earlier in the season but is fully healthy now. He’s caught 30 passes for 422 yards and six touchdowns over the past three contests.

After the big performance against the 49ers, Adams declared himself as the best receiver in the NFL. He has 53 catches for 675 yards and eight scores despite the time he missed.

“My whole mentality was to come in (this season) and elevate,” Adams said. “I still haven’t done everything that I can possibly do. I’ve got a lot to give.

“I’m relied on a lot in this offense, and I’ve got a very talented quarterback. I’m just in the business of maximizing stuff. I haven’t really taken a step back to look and reflect just yet, because I’ve only played six games, and I feel like there’s still a lot more to do.”

While the Packers appear on their way to a second consecutive postseason berth, the season has been a long one for the Jaguars (1-7).

Jacksonville was optimistic after opening the season with a 27-20 win over the Indianapolis Colts but has since dropped seven consecutive games. A leaky defense allowed 30 or more points in six straight losses before the Jaguars fell 27-25 to the Houston Texans last Sunday.

Quarterback Gardner Minshew II missed the Houston game with multiple fractures and a strained ligament in his right thumb. Minshew initially sustained the injury to his throwing hand in a game against the Texans on Oct. 11 but didn’t report it until after a game against the Los Angeles Chargers two weeks later.

Coach Doug Marrone expressed displeasure that Minshew initially kept the injury silent.

The ailment opened the door for Jake Luton to start, and the rookie took advantage against Houston. Luton will start again this week as Marrone said Minshew won’t return to the lineup until fully healthy.

“Right now, I want to see Gardner be able to throw first,” Marrone said Wednesday. “Because if he’s not throwing the ball well because of the thumb, well then, that decision’s easy.”

The sixth-round pick from Oregon State passed for 304 yards, one touchdown and one interception and also rushed for a score in his debut. Jaguars offensive coordinator Jay Gruden termed the performance as “really incredible,” and Marrone was amazed with the 24-year-old’s poise and maturity.

“I thought for his first game ever — with limited reps (in practices) — I thought he did an outstanding job,” Gruden said. “Not many guys in their first game, with that limited exposure, can step into the fire like that and perform like he did. Obviously, there are some throws I’m sure he wished he had back and some opportunities that were missed.

“But overall, the way he was on the sideline, the poise, the control he had at the line of scrimmage, using the play clock, changing protections from time to time — I thought he was great.”

Luton is more concerned with the forthcoming challenge than looking back at his strong debut.

“I’m focused on myself, focused on our team,” Luton said Wednesday after practice. “I stepped back out on the practice field today and I felt a lot more confident. I thought practice went really well, and I’m really just trying to build on what I did on Sunday.”

Promising rookie receiver Laviska Shenault Jr. (hamstring) was a limited practice participant on Wednesday. He is second on the Jaguars with 30 receptions. Safety Andrew Wingard (core muscle) was limited and could be activated off injured reserve after missing the past three games.

Standout Packers cornerback Jaire Alexander (concussion/hand) missed practice Wednesday. Two-time Pro Bowl left tackle David Bakhtiari (chest) was a full participant and should return after missing three straight games.

–Field Level Media

Oct 18, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Ndamukong Suh (93) sacks Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) during the second quarter of a NFL game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Buccaneers rout Packers in NFC showdown

Ronald Jones II rushed for 113 yards and two touchdowns on Sunday as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers sent the Green Bay Packers crashing from the unbeaten’s ranks with a 38-10 pounding at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla.

Tom Brady contributed an efficient 17 of 27 performance for 166 yards and two scores, including the 91st touchdown pass of his career to tight end Rob Gronkowski. The 12-yard connection with 1:02 left in the first half capped a 28-point second quarter outburst that shaped the game’s remainder.

Brady and Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers were standing on the sidelines in baseball caps before the NFC battle ended. Rodgers was battered after a sharp first two possessions, finishing 16 of 35 for 160 yards with two interceptions.

The first quarter hinted at another dominant performance for the Packers’ offense. They drove 10 plays and 54 yards to start the game, getting a 39-yard field goal from Mason Crosby. Aaron Jones capped a march of 7:32 with a 1-yard touchdown run for a 10-0 lead.

The Buccaneers (4-2) turned momentum with their defense. Jamel Dean picked off Rodgers — the first Green Bay turnover in five games — and cruised 32 yards to cut the deficit to 10-7 just 2:18 into the second quarter.

A tipped-ball interception by Mike Edwards resulted in a 37-yard return to the 2. Ronald Jones scored his first touchdown on the next play and Tampa Bay led for good.

Brady polished off a drive of 6:05 with a 7-yard scoring strike to Tyler Johnson with 4:35 left for a 21-10 advantage. Then Brady led a classic two-minute drill of 62 yards to finish the second quarter explosion, hitting his old New England teammate Gronkowski to put the Packers (4-1) away.

Ryan Succop added a 50-yard field goal less than three minutes into the third quarter for a 31-10 lead, and Ronald Jones capped an 85-yard march with a 1-yard touchdown run with 2:40 left in the period.

Jones became the first Buccaneers’ running back since Doug Martin in 2015 to rush for 100 yards in three straight games.

Tampa Bay wasn’t called for any penalties, while the Packers were flagged six times for 76 yards.

–Field Level Media

Sep 20, 2020; Green Bay, WI, USA;  Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) and Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones (33) celebrate Jones' long touchdown run with teammates during the 3rd quarter of the Green Bay Packers game against the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field in Green Bay on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020. Mandatory Credit: Mike De Sisti/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel-USA TODAY NETWORK

Packers’ clicking offense takes aim at Saints

The Green Bay Packers have been one of the most impressive teams in the NFL in the first two weeks of the season.

On Sunday night, they will visit a New Orleans Saints team trying to find the form that produced NFC South championships each of the past three years.

Aaron Rodgers has passed for an average of 302 yards while throwing six touchdown passes and no interceptions as the Packers (2-0) scored 43 and 42 points in wins against the Minnesota Vikings and Detroit Lions, respectively.

The Saints (1-1) opened the season by spoiling Tom Brady’s debut with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, then squandered a 10-point lead in losing to the Raiders, 34-24, in Las Vegas’ home debut on Monday night.

“Both the Saints and us have pretty big aspirations that I think are real,” Rodgers said. “They’re a really talented team and so are we, so I think it will be a good measuring stick.”

Rodgers received plenty of support last week from Aaron Jones, who rushed for a career-high 168 yards and two touchdowns and caught one of Rodgers’ two touchdown passes. Davante Adams has 17 receptions for 192 yards and two touchdowns on the young season.

“(Rodgers) is one of the top quarterbacks in the game, playing at a high level for a long time,” Saints linebacker Demario Davis said. “You’ve got to understand what they do well, that it’s not just Aaron Rodgers, one of the top receivers in the game, one of the top running backs in the game, very explosive offense, just a whole cast of other great players on the team.”

Saints quarterback Drew Brees, the NFL’s all-time leading passer, has not been up to par through two games. The 41-year-old veteran has a passer rating of 93.5, and his 64.7 percent completion rate is well below his league-leading 74.3 percent from last year.

“I feel good, borderline great,” Brees said. “I’m confident with the guys that we have, with the system we have and everything that we have that we’re going to get back on track.

“There are so many things that go into the precision of the passing game, and I think we have always been one of the best teams in the league, probably in history, at the precision of the passing game. And I think we are on our way to being back there very soon.”

Green Bay coach Matt LaFleur said he expects Brees to be back at his top level soon.

“I still see a guy who is a Hall of Famer,” LaFleur said. “I’ve had the opportunity, or misfortune, however you look at it, of going against him many times. There’s a reason he will be a first-ballot Hall of Famer.

“It’s just a matter of time before he gets it rolling like we’re all accustomed to. So you can never take that for granted or let your guard down because as soon as you do, he’s going to go out there and hang 45 on you.”

Saints All-Pro wide receiver Michael Thomas missed the game against the Raiders because of an ankle injury. New Orleans did not practice Wednesday, but the injury report indicated Thomas would not have practiced. The same was true of defensive end Marcus Davenport, who has yet to play this season because of an elbow injury.

Adams was held out of the Packers’ Wednesday practice because of a hamstring injury sustained against Detroit. He was unsure of his status for Sunday.

The game will be played without any spectators inside the Superdome.

–Field Level Media

Saints on top of latest Pro32 poll; KC, Pats tied for 2nd

NFL Week 9 Stat Recap Table: QB, RB and WR

Six straight wins for the Houston Texans. New Orleans ruins the the Rams perfect season. Tom Brady and the Patriots prove to be too much for Aaron Rodgers.

Notable Performances

  • Jared Goff, Patrick Mahomes, Matt Ryan and Drew Brees all tossed for 300+ yards and 3+ touchdowns
  • Michael Thomas made 12 receptions for 211 yards and 1 touchdown
  • Travis Kelce, Adam Humphries, and OJ Howard all caught for 2 touchdowns
  • Melvin Gordon and James Conner both rush for 100+ yards
  • 5 Players with 2 rushing touchdowns

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