JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Regardless of dropping Drew Brees to retirement and their residence stadium to Hurricane Ida for Week 1, the New Orleans Saints and Jameis Winston acquired off to a stunningly dominant begin in Week 1.
Winston threw 5 landing passes in his beginning debut with the Saints — with zero turnovers — as they routed the Green Bay Packers 38-3 of their makeshift “residence” venue in Jacksonville’s TIAA Financial institution Subject. He capped his day with a 55-yard landing go to receiver Deonte Harris within the fourth quarter, whereas New Orleans’ protection was simply as dominant with two interceptions in opposition to reigning MVP Aaron Rodgers.
Winston, 27, was truly one among 10 new starters for the Saints in Week 1 due to Brees’ retirement, an offseason salary-cap purge, accidents and a suspension. The workforce additionally misplaced standout heart Erik McCoy to an unspecified leg damage within the first quarter.
On high of that, the Saints spent the previous two weeks coaching within the Dallas space after Hurricane Ida left a lot of the New Orleans space with out energy when it hit the Gulf South on August 29.
However, Winston and the Saints responded with one of the vital environment friendly and dominant performances of your entire Sean Payton period. They possessed the ball for 21:51 within the first half (the Saints’ largest time of possession since 2000). They usually turned the primary NFL workforce to place collectively back-to-back 15-play landing drives since 2000, in keeping with ESPN’s Stats and Info analysis.
Winston was remarkably environment friendly for a lot of the sport, typically settling for sensible checkdowns or scrambling away from stress (he ran 4 occasions for 38 yards and three first downs). He had simply 93 passing yards earlier than including the 55-yard residence run to Harris early within the fourth quarter. He did have one interception within the second half that was nullified by a private foul penalty.
The Saints will return to Dallas this week, the place they’ve been coaching at TCU’s amenities. It is unclear when they are going to return to New Orleans now that energy is returning all through the world. Their subsequent residence sport is scheduled for Week 4 in opposition to the New York Giants.
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