Are you a Packer fan? Or simply looking for a lively place to catch tonight’s 2011 NFL season opener? The East Village Tavern & Bowl, located downtown in, well, the East Village (930 Market St, 92101), is the perfect spot.
Walls full of televisions, a bar full of beer choices, an excellent menu and staff, and acres of Packer enthusiasts welcome you.
Saints fans should not be scared off. Ever since Brett Favre left Green Bay, Packer fans, those that did not side with Favre, have been far more tollerant, and tollerable. It is now rather enjoyable to watch a game between your team and the Packers, except, these days, the Packers do a good deal of winning.
Thoughts on tonight’s game. Not intended for gambling, or rather, positively intended for gambling, and we want full credit when you win your weekly work pool:
Thursday, September 8, 2011
New Orleans Saints v Green Bay Packers -4.5
Ever think you would see a Drew Brees led New Orleans Saints team getting four and a half points? Opening in Green Bay against the Aaron Rodgers led defending Super Bowl champion Packers is the only way it would happen. And so it has.
The Saints have swapped Reggie Bush for rookie Mark Ingram, as they attempt to iron out a modest weakness at running back. Brees, Marques Colston, Lance Moore and rising star, Jimmy Graham should be enough to carry any offense, but the Packers are returning a stellar, Super-Bowl winning D.
Green Bay has it’s own muddled running game, though Aaron Rodgers, Greg Jennings, Jermichael Finley and Donald Driver (common, give the ol’ guy a break) will score, and score at will.
There is no future in what we are about to suggest, but this game is a special circumstance. You should never bet on a team which you think will lose, regardless of the spread. Both of these teams are likely so good, however, the standard principles do not apply. Green Bay will win this game, but New Orleans should cover. If your pool does not use spreads, take the Packers. If you can get 4.5 points, go with the Saints.
One factor that may come into play, which no one wants to consider, New Orleans had to bring in John Kasay to replace Garrett Hartley, their regular kicker, who hurt himself during a preseason PAT. Won’t it be interesting if this game comes down to a last-second field goal?
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