Bay Packers cornerback Jarrett Bush (24) before his NFL game
against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field in Chicago on Sept.
short-handed Packers secondary faces what coach Mike McCarthy said is
"a big challenge" against New Orleans' highly ranked pass
At 35, Brees still is
one of the elite quarterbacks in the NFL with his quick release and a
penchant for putting up big numbers.
"He's one of the
fastest guys just with his quick passes," Packers safety Micah
Hyde said. "It seems like he doesn't even get his hands on laces
or anything, he can just get it out of his hand so fast. That's one
thing we have to be ready for."
The Packers' defense,
tied for the league lead in creating turnovers, will look to force
Brees into a rare mistake when the teams play at the Superdome.
Rare because Brees
hasn't thrown an interception in his last three games against Green
Bay. The Packers (5-2) will have to try to get their hands on the
football with possibly two of their primary four starters at defensive
Shields is doubtful. He hasn't practiced this week after missing Green
Bay's last game with a knee injury.
And safety Morgan
Burnett, who also hasn't practiced since suffering a calf injury late
in the Packers' win over Carolina on Sunday, is questionable.
The Packers didn't
practice Friday, so McCarthy will wait to see if Burnett is able to
move around in the team's workout Saturday before it heads to New
progress," McCarthy said. "It's kind of a time clock type
thing, just what he's dealing with."
Green Bay already
will be without starting defensive end Datone Jones for a third
straight game because of an ankle injury.
Still, the Packers
are confident they can disrupt Brees in the prime-time matchup and
extend their winning streak to five games.
as a defense for this opportunity," McCarthy said. "We've
been playing better each and every week."
Green Bay ranks sixth
in the league against the pass, allowing an average of 214.9 yards per
game — almost a full 100 yards less than the Saints' second-rated
clip for yards passing.
The Packers have been
opportunistic on defense. Their 14 takeaways ties them with New
England for the top spot, and they are No. 2 with 10 interceptions.
Now Green Bay is
craving its first interception off Brees in almost a decade. His seven
picks this season are third highest in the league.
Brees goes into
Sunday's game not having thrown an interception against the Packers in
his last 163 attempts. The last one? By cornerback Al Harris in the
first quarter of the Saints' 34-27 win at Lambeau in Week 2 of the
Bush and linebacker
A.J. Hawk are the only remaining players on Green Bay's defense from
"We've just got
to get that (defensive) line to kind of move his feet a little bit,
move his eyes and just make him either throw the ball just a little
off or maybe on time where we're breaking at the same time," Bush
said. "Just kind of confuse him a little bit, make him frustrated
because, I think, that's when the ball will come.
like I said, he's due for one."