Saints don't see Packers as 'must-win game'

Ryan Wood
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Drew Brees isn't making Sunday night's game against the Green Bay Packers bigger than what it is for the New Orleans Saints.

Drew Brees and the Saints have struggled through their first six games this season.

With an unexpectedly slow start this season, Brees knows his 2-4 Saints need to turn things around. But "a must-win game" this weekend? The quarterback scoffed at the notion

"There's no must-win games until they're must-win games," Brees said Wednesday. "It's important. It's really important, but nobody needs that kind of pressure."

The Saints can afford to stay calm. Despite being two games under .500, they're only one game behind the Carolina Panthers in the NFC South. They also have Brees, who remains one of the league's top quarterbacks.

It's not like New Orleans is getting blown out, either. Three of their losses have come by a combined six points, including an overtime road loss to the Atlanta Falcons in the season opener. Last week, the Saints lost 24-23 on the road to the Detroit Lions, but only after entering the fourth quarter with a touchdown lead.

Brees said his team is just a few plays from being 4-2, maybe 5-1. Still, at 2-4, this weekend remains an important game at home.

"There's definitely a sense of urgency, but not a panic mode," Brees said. "We've got a lot of veteran guys on the team – we do have a lot of young guys – we have a lot of veteran guys on the team that have been through a lot together. I think we understand that we can just focus on the process, and we can get a little bit better each week, that eventually these wins will come."

Brees said his team merely needs something positive to help turn their season around. He knows the Saints have an opportunity when they host the Packers on Sunday night.

A win is a win, especially when a team is 2-4. Still, Brees said, beating the Packers might provide a little extra momentum.

"At the end of the day, Green Bay is one of the best teams in our league, and certainly in the NFC," Brees said. "A win against these guys I think would justify a lot of things for us. Just the way that we've been, our approach here – last week, this week – our preparation and our ability to go out and convert that into a well-played game.

"I think that would say a lot. It would do a lot for confidence. It would do a lot just to help us turn our season around. That's what we're hoping happens." and follow him on Twitter @ByRyanWood

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