Jameis Winston’s first regular season game since being named the Saints starter couldn’t have gone much better. The 2015 No. 1 pick threw five touchdown passes en route to a 38-3 pounding of the Packers in Jacksonville on Sunday.
The longtime Buccaneers quarterback completed scoring throws to Juwan Johnson (2), Alvin Kamara, Adam Trautman and Deonte Harris. He’d also completed 70 percent of his passes through the Saints’ first drive of the fourth quarter. The touchdown to Harris was a 55-yard bomb to put the Saints up 38-3.
Winston spent the 2020 season as the Saints’ backup quarterback and his only touchdown throw that season came in New Orleans’ playoff loss to Tampa Bay. After a quarterback competition with Taysom Hill this summer, the Saints named Winston the starting quarterback as New Orleans enters its first season in the post-Drew Brees era.
Winston, who finished the game 14-for-20 passing with just 148 yards, also had zero interceptions — his one pick was called back on a controversial roughing the passer penalty.
On the other side, things couldn’t have gone worse for Aaron Rodgers and the Packers — the game was so far out of reach that the team put backup quarterback Jordan Love in to finish out the fourth quarter. After a dramatic offseason that swirled with rumors of a trade, Rodgers was 15-for-28 for 133 yards, two picks and zero touchdowns in the opener.