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Saints vs. Packers: Aaron Rodgers Injury Moves Point Spread

Saints vs. Packers: Aaron Rodgers Injury Moves Point Spread

The New Orleans Saints vs. Green Bay Packers Week 7 matchup will mark the first Green Bay matchup of the season without star quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The absence of Rodgers, who is out for an unspecified period with a broken collarbone, has caused the point spread for the game to shift.

Though the Packers would have likely been home field favorites had Rodgers been healthy, the Saints have opened as 3.5-point favorites at Lambeau Field. As of Wednesday, the majority of sportsbooks now have New Orleans favored by at least 5 points. At Bovada Sportsbook, the Saints are 6-point favorites.

The New Orleans Saints (3-2) are coming off a 52-38 win over the Detroit Lions as we head into the matchup. The Saints’ defense will be the first to take on Brett Hundley, the replacement quarterback that finished 18 of 33 for 157 yards and one touchdown with three interceptions in Sunday’s 23-10 loss to Minnesota. Hundley will be going head-to-head with Saints Pro Bowler Drew Brees.

The only other instance where the Saints have been road favorites against the Green Bay Packers was back in 2006, when Brett Favre was still at quarterback and Rodgers had just finished his rookie year.

Though the Packers have won 4 out of the last 5 home games against the Saints, New Orleans is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games against Green Bay. The team is also 4-0 ATS in their last four games following an ATS win. The game total, which is set at 47 ½ at Bovada, has gone over in 9 out their last 10 meetings with the Packers.

After starting the season 0-2, Brees has led his team to three consecutive wins and hopes to make Sunday’s game the fourth. You can bet on the New Orleans straight up at -240 betting odds, but when you consider home field advantage and that Hundley may put up a breakout performance, betting the dogs could present value. The betting odds for the Green Packers are +200, and LegalGamblingUSA believes a surprise upset could be in the works.