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Despite an 0-3 start the New Orleans Saints still have plenty of offensive weaponry and right at the top of the list is running back/return man Darren Sproles.

 

Last week Sproles led the Saints in rushing with 62 yards.  Most of that came on a 47 yard run but that underscores Sproles' biggest strength: his explosive ability.  In Week 2 Sproles was the top pass catcher, hauling in 13 receptions for 128 yards.  He also tacked on 82 return yards.  The point is Sproles is the kind of player that can beat you many ways and if given some open room will pile up yardage quickly.

 

Of course, the Packers don't need to be reminded of this.  In last year's season opener Sproles shredded the Pack for 250 total yards.  This year has been a different story though.  The Packers have done a fairly good job of limiting explosive plays, yielding just two plays of 20+ yards to Seattle and two to Chicago. 

 

But Sunday presents the ultimate test.  While the Saints defense has been as useless as an internship at Kramerica Industries, the offense has a lot more punch than the Packers three previous opponents.  A repeat of 2011's 42-34 thriller could very well happen if the Packers let Sproles run wild again.

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