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2020 Long Island EFL Week#3 Green Bay Packers (2-0) vs. New Orleans Saints (1-1)

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HURRICANE LAURA BOWL. September 3, 2020. New Orleans Superdome. The Hurricane Bowl is what we are calling this intense NFC match-up between the Green Bay Packers (2-0), and the New Orleans Saints (1-1). It's the battle of the coaches. The Master of Preparation in Coach Eddie Viggs against the spoiler, Coach Paddy Brannigan, who is fresh off of a loss between his Seahawks and Rookie Coach, Levi Vick's Cowboys in which Dallas won 21-14!  

Coach Eddie Viggs has his Green Bay Packers (2-0), so fired up this year, especially for the New Orleans Saints.  You see, these two teams have held a grudge against each other dating back some time. It isn't really the coaches, its the magic of whatever these plastic figures do on the game-board which owns the meaning of "grudge" for whatever it's worth. This grudge-match goes back to 1978, in a game we remember well, when the Green Bay Packers lost to the New Orleans Saints 35-33, in the NFC Wild Card Game! We even wrote the temperature down outside for some crazy reason as we looked back at the original paperwork. Their was more than 20 inches of snow on the ground. It was 10 degrees!  That is really cold for Long Island.

That year the New Orleans Saints and Coach Brannigan lost to Billy O'C's Dolphins in LIEFL-Super Bowl IV, in a close one, 34-28! New Orleans has rebuilt with one goal in mind obviously, but Andrew Slawson of Slawson's Corner said, "The Saints are good, but their is something missing. The front three need work and the Saints coach really needs to go for two lineman in the Draft if he can trade off for them." 

Coach Eddie Viggs never forgot that loss to the Saints, and neither did Coach Brannigan forget the win. Coach Viggs said, "New Orleans is as rough and mean as their coach, but my Pack is Back!  Let's see if we can pull one off today. Brannigan's Seahawks just lost to Dallas, so maybe I can give him two for Thursday!" Brannigan had no comment before this game.

THE GAME: Green Bay Packers (2-0) vs. New Orleans Saints (1-1).

Before the game began the two coaches shook hands which is not usual for the league, but it was a nice gesture. There was tension in the air and the nervousness from both sides because one loss can mean a huge setback in the league. Coach Brannigan had a huge setback earlier in the day with his Seahawks, but he had to move past that loss to focus on this game.

New Orleans Saints running back Reggie Bush took the opening kick-return back 41-yards as the holes downfield were completely closed off by the Green Bay defensive unit as the Packers made their own statement that they are boss in the NFC! Bush was shut down on the first rushing attempt and on the second run. It got no better for New Orleans as the Saints lost a total 16-yards in two plays. The Packers defensive line has earned some respect this season allowing only seven points. They mean business. They put so much pressure on the Saints on third down that New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees was forced to throw the ball away. The Saints punted on fourth down and denied themselves the opportunity to score on their first drive. Big mistake!
When you make mistakes against Coach Viggs, payback is relentless! Green Bay's emerging star Sterling Sharpe took back an electrifying 69-yard run to the New Orleans Saints 31-yard line which stunned Coach Brannigan as he looked on helplessly as the game was getting away from him. Two plays later, the Green Bay Packers on an electrifying pass play from Aaron Rodgers to Don Hutson from 50-yards away, lit up the scoreboard 7-0 Packers, with 3:07 left to go in the half as first blood is drawn!
As the first half came to a close New Orleans Reggie Bush had a 16-yard run, bringing the ball to the Green Bay 30-yard line to open the second half. And after a 5-yard gain on first down the Packer defense put up a wall of white jersey's serving Bush a 10-yard loss, bringing the ball back to the Saints own 37-yard line. The Saints rose to the challenge as was predicted from both of these teams in the Pre-Game hype, and on third down New Orleans tight end Jeremy Shockey shook free and took a beautiful 37-yard pass from Drew Brees into the end zone to tie the score at 7-7!
On the following kickoff-return Green Bay's Sterling Sharpe shut down the Saints momentum as he blazed downfield for a 55-yard return to set-up Packers running back Terdell Middleton with 8:54 left to go in the game on first down. After being stopped on first down, Middleton ran into his own teammate Reggie White and he was knocked to the turf in a spoiler at the 45-yard-line, bringing it to third down for Green Bay. What an intense battle as the Packers on third down took it all the way down field on an Aaron Rodgers dump pass to Middleton who scored on a scorching touchdown run from 55-yards away, silencing the New Orleans crowd with time running out and 2:53 left to go in the game!
On the kick-return Reggie Bush returned the ball 51 yards for the Saints to the Green Bay 49. In 1-minute EFL clock-countdown mode, Drew Brees fired a pass to Marcus Colston whose hands the game rested in, and he just  couldn't get the job done. Colston and the New Orleans Saints came up 16 yards short of the touchdown to tie the game, as Saints (1-2) instead lose to the undefeated Green Bay Packers 14-10! No spoiler today!
The Saints have to now go back to the drawing board and re-evaluate their receiving situation, which at the moment seems to be their weakness. The Saints next two games will not get any easier in this league. The "ONLY EASY DAY WAS YESTERDAY" as New Orleans play at Detroit (2-1) and Denver(2-1) both on the road! Wow! 
Coach Viggs and his Packers are at war with the league until they face a challenger who can beat them! Viggs said, "We have been to the Super Bowl and both times lost, but this time my team is not going to settle until we face a "Battle at Okay Corral " again. The Packers remain undefeated at (3-0)! Viggs continued, this was a really good match-up. I actually thought we'd keep it close but my offense got the better of the Saints today and Coach Brannigan played a great game."  Brannigan had no comment. 
The Packers are on a roll! They go home for three straight games against tremendous teams, Atlanta (2-1), Chicago (2-1), and the Carolina Panthers (1-2), all potential playoff teams!

















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What an exciting game! I was rooting for the Saints I thought they would strike back from their loss earlier this week...they’ll get them next time!! Come on coach Brannigan let’s strategize a new plan!

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