NEW ORLEANS — The Packers will be down two starters in their secondary tonight, as S Morgan Burnett and CB Sam Shields are both inactive.
Shields was expected to miss his second straight game with a knee injury. He was listed as doubtful on the injury report. Burnett was questionable but is now out and will not play due to his calf injury.
That means rookie S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix will get his second pro start after starting alongside Burnett last week. For a feature story posted earlier this week on Clinton-Dix, click here. The other starting safety will be second-year man Micah Hyde.
CB Davon House will start for Shields for the second straight week, with CB Casey Hayward the likely nickel back. Other reinforcements in the secondary will include S Sean Richardson and CB Jarrett Bush, both of whom have seen defensive action in recent weeks.
In the NFC North: The Packers need to win tonight to keep pace with the Lions atop the division. Detroit came back from a 21-0 halftime deficit to beat Atlanta, 22-21, on a last-second field goal in London today. The win improved the Lions’ record to 6-2, with the Packers currently 5-2.
Also earlier today, the Bears lost while the Vikings won, putting both teams at 3-5. The Packers, Lions and Bears all have their bye next week.
New Orleans is just 2-4 so far this season but has a chance to pull within one-half game of first place in the NFC South. Carolina lost to Seattle earlier today to fall to 3-4-1.
Tough streaks: While the Packers come into tonight’s game having won four in a row, the Saints come in having won 13 straight prime-time games at home, dating back to the 2009 NFC title game vs. Minnesota.
The Packers’ last trip to the Superdome came on a Monday night in 2008, won by New Orleans, 51-29. Dating back to that game, the Saints have won 16 of their last 17 night games at home.
For more on those New Orleans streaks and some of the numbers Saints QB Drew Brees has put up in those games, click here.
Homecoming: Packers RB Eddie Lacy is a Louisiana native and will play at the Superdome for the first time since helping Alabama win a national championship against LSU two years ago. New Orleans is about an hour from the new home Lacy had built for his parents to get them out of their post-Hurricane Katrina trailer.
Packers.com’s Vic Ketchman picked Lacy as his player to watch in tonight’s game in the weekly “Final Thoughts” video. To see the preview video, click here.
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