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Green Bay at New Orleans Monday Night Football Matchup

BetUS NFL Feature – Monday Night Football Preview

A couple of 5-5 teams will both be looking to move above the .500 mark – and pay off for those doing any NFL betting – on Monday night when Aaron Rodgers and his Green Bay Packers play a game on the road at the Superdome versus the New Orleans Saints.

And not only do the Packers and Saints have the same straight-up record this season, but they also have six victories against-the-spread (Green Bay is 6-3-1 ATS, New Orleans is 6-4). As well, the OVER/UNDER for both teams is at 6-4 through 10 games.

However, the similarities end with the standings. While the Packers are right in the race for top spot in a middling NFC North division, the Saints are mired in the basement of an NFC South division that has even seen the troubled Atlanta Falcons make a comeback this season. That puts New Orleans in a difficult position to make the playoffs this year.

Still, the Saints did manage to pick up a win last week, albeit against the Kansas City Chiefs. Drew Brees went 25-of-36 for 266 yards passing in that 30-20 road victory, with one touchdown strike and one interception. Deuce McAllister and Pierre Thomas each rushed for a score, while Reggie Bush sat out the game with a knee injury. Bush did get in some practice time this week, but he’s still pegged as QUESTIONABLE for Monday.

The Packers are coming off a win as well, as they embarrassed the Chicago Bears 37-3 last weekend. Aaron Rodgers went 23-of-30 for 227 yards passing in the win at Lambeau Field, with two touchdown throws and one pick. Ryan Grant ran for 145 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries, while Greg Jennings and Donald Lee had TD catches.

The last time the Saints and Packers met was back in September 2006 in Green Bay. New Orleans came away with a 34-27 road win in that contest, covering the 1-point spread in the OVER result. Green Bay fans would prefer to remember the previous meeting, when the Packers throttled the Saints 52-3 at home (easily covering 3 points).

The BetUS oddsmakers have the Saints listed as 2.5-point home favorites for the primetime matchup, and they’re at -135 on the moneyline. The Packers are at +115 on the moneyline for the contest, and the game’s total is pegged at 51.5 points. Here are the official injury reports for both the Packers and the Saints for Monday Night Football:

Green Bay Injuries

Nick Barnett LB Out Week 12 (knee)
Jarrett Bush CB Questionable Week 12 (ankle)
James Jones WR Questionable Week 12 (knee)
Charlie Peprah S Questionable Week 12 (calf)
DeShawn Wynn RB Questionable Week 12 (calf)
Chad Clifton T Probable Week 12 (knees)
Colin Cole DT Probable Week 12 (elbow)
Donald Driver WR Probable Week 12 (knee)
Aaron Kampman DE Probable Week 12 (calf)
Jeremy Thompson DE Probable Week 12 (groin)
Scott Wells C Probable Week 12 (shoulder)
Charles Woodson CB Probable Week 12 (toe)

New Orleans Injuries

Aaron Glenn CB Out Week 12 (ankle)
Mike Karney RB Out Week 12 (knee)
Reggie Bush RB Questionable Week 12 (knee)
Marques Colston WR Probable Week 12 (knee)
Jonathan Goodwin C Probable Week 12 (knee)
Deuce McAllister RB Probable Week 12 (knee)
Jon Stinchcomb T Probable Week 12 (calf)

The Packers will be at home next weekend for a game against the Panthers, while the Saints will be on the road in Tampa Bay for their Week 13 contest. Check the BetUS NFL odds section for the latest line, total, and prop bets for the Monday night matchup.


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