Jameis Winston tosses 5 TDs, leads New Orleans Saints to stunning rout of Green Bay Packers


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There was a quarterback in the same game who was making off-balance, ill-advised throws that turned into interceptions before getting benched when the game was out of reach … and it wasn’t Jameis Winston.

Packers-Saints was already a strange matchup given that it took place in Jacksonville, a result of Hurricane Ida devastating the Saints’ game options. Even more shocking: the fact that Winston, in his debut as the Saints’ starting quarterback, transformed into Aaron Rodgers … right in front of Rodgers.

Yes, Jameis Winston — he of the heavily discounted crab legs, he of the ill-advised tabletop public declarations, he of the peculiar pregame motivational speeches, he of the interceptions by the armload — that Jameis Winston thoroughly outplayed reigning MVP Rodgers on Sunday, throwing five touchdowns and leading New Orleans to a stunning 38-3 victory.

How impressive was Winston’s performance? His BetMGM odds to win the MVP jumped from +5000 to +3500 during the game. It’s a testament to a remarkable two-year turnaround for the former first overall draft pick.

The last time Winston started a game, back in 2019, he was sputtering his way through the end of his tenure with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Beguiled by his skills, infuriated by his miscues, Tampa Bay delayed a stay-or-go decision on Winston as long as it possibly could, finally cutting ties with him after Winston completed a dubious 30-30 season — 33 touchdowns, 30 interceptions.

All Tampa Bay did then was bring in a new QB and win a Super Bowl, which had to wound Winston’s ego. And he had plenty of time to contemplate his fate and future, warming a bench in New Orleans behind Drew Brees. He appeared in only four games and threw all of 11 passes last season, an add-on and an afterthought.

But a funny thing happened. Winston took full advantage of his unplanned internship. He immersed himself in the Saints culture, learning from Brees and head coach Sean Payton. He showed up to camp looking leaner, ready to fight for the starting job with Payton’s handpicked favorite Taysom Hill.

He shook off doubts, tuned out critics and won the starting job. And suddenly a Saints team most believed would flail in the post-Brees era looks like a playoff contender.

Granted, it’s one game of 17. But it’s one game in which the Saints dismantled a preseason Super Bowl favorite on all sides of the ball. The defense held Rodgers to a mere 133 yards, intercepting him twice and relegating him to the bench with 10 minutes left in the game. This marked Rodgers’ worst loss as a starter, which will surely lead to plenty of conversation in and around Green Bay given the quarterback’s tumultuous offseason.

Not only that, Winston got the kind of superstar call that's usually the dominion of Rodgers and Patrick Mahomes: a questionable roughing-the-passer flag late in the third quarter that nullified a potential Green Bay interception. Two plays later, Winston found Juwan Johnson in the end zone to go up 31-3, and that was effectively the end of Green Bay's flickering hopes.

Next week, New Orleans has a divisional matchup with Carolina, and after that, a trip up to Foxborough to play New England. A Saints-Patriots game that doesn’t feature either Brees or Tom Brady wouldn’t have figured to be a must-watch before Sunday. But Jameis Winston is, once again, officially in what-will-he-do-next territory … and for all the right reasons.

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The Jordan Love era is underway.

Love, the Packers’ 2020 first-round draft pick and heir apparent to franchise quarterback Aaron Rodgers, saw his first regular-season game action in the fourth quarter today as Rodgers was pulled during a disastrous game against the Saints.

Rodgers had completed 15 of 28 passes for 133 yards, with no touchdowns and two interceptions, and the Packers trailed 38-3 when Love entered the game.

Given all the offseason drama in Green Bay, there will be plenty of questions about whether Rodgers is happy about getting taken out late in the blowout. He certainly can’t be happy about how he played today.

Stick a fork in Aaron Rodgers. He’s DONE

It almost looks like Rodgers was rusty. Wonder why.

Something about better football, right? At least the Vikings starting QB could muster more than a field goal, and I am no fan of Cousins. So there’s that.

So what about the team that scored 38?

Rogers deliberately threw the game out of spite.

Bahahaha!!!! The new guy looks worse than the OLD guy. Wait until they play a decent defense. GB is done! See ya’ in 2022!

Irrelevant for the next 30 years as they once were. Pathetic Packers.

Saints have put the rest of the league on notice. WHO DAT!!

Why pull him when its 38? They should have pulled well before that.

Just because they brought in Love in trash time when it was clear the Pack couldn’t win, GIVE IT A BREAK, Erin will be back under center next week, bank it!

If Rodgers can’t be even more smug he is now sporting a man bun !

I hope whatever terrible things the Packers did has been worth all of this drama – but I kinda doubt it.

Perhaps article could mention the 5 TD passes and 0 turnovers by Winston. You know, maybe for contrast.

Remember when packer fans said their team never quits?

He checked out. I am telling ya. He was checked out last year as well. Brady was awful in the title game throwing 3 picks that Erin did nothing with it.

And now he has a Millennial Man Bun. Good luck, GB.

Fluke. You know Rodgers will come back and throw 70 TDs this year.

Soft teams get blown out. Soft teams throw in the towel.

I’m glad Rodgers is just going to enjoy this season.

I’ll take name the QB that should’ve concentrated on football in the offseason for a thousand, Aaaron.

After the Packers fan pile on when the Vikings lost, I’m LOVE’n this!

This doesn’t bode well for my beloved Lions next week. eek

Rodgers can focus on his band.

stomped in every aspect of the game. Aaron did not convert one third down

Long time saints fan (since pre superdome) feel guilty for writing off this game due to all the adversities. Can’t wait till past all the injury and suspension issues. Whodat!

As a Vikings fan I’m happy based on comments and karma. This weeks big winner in my eyes is Teddy Bridgewater…

Rogers better double check to see if his discount is still good.

Who is running the Green Bay franchise? They had a kings ransom being offered for Rodgers, a guy who they wrote off after they drafted a QB in the 1st round. Now they won’t get anything. Signs of a poorly managed franchise.

I must admit once the MLB Playoffs commence plus the NFL I will suffer from Joe Buck Conniptions !

Stellar performance by the LOAT. Wait! it was Winston, not Brady. Lol!!!!

The Saints have a solid organization, and the Packers have the exact opposite. That showed up big today. Rodgers has carried this poorly run organization for years and years. He didn’t have a dominant game, and they got blown out. Where were the other 52 players? It’s not supposed to be a one man show, but that’s what it’s been in Green Bay for a long time. You wonder why the owner doesn’t do something about it. Oh, that’s right. They don’t have an owner.

Remember when he said it was a magical mystery, those were the days HUH?

When you’d rather host game shows than win

Rodgers has been outscored 76-13 in his last two games in Florida…Let that sink in

Tell Aaron to keep the drama on the field, not off it.

I’ve been trying to tell you people all off-season the Saints are going to own the NFC South, and thus probably the NFC this year. Get ready for a long run of Super Bowls with Jameis Winston hoisting the trophy, and Sean Payton being the admiring, and guiding force behind the championships.

The playbook is going to be wide-open baby, and Jameis really played a timid, and overly cautious game today. Wait until the confidence in his understanding of what Sean is trying to do comes!.

Could Rodgers teammates be fed up with him?

This is what happens when your qb is busy with things other than football and becoming a distraction.

Did St. Aaron really want to play today?

You had your chance to trade him to Denver for a couple of 1’s. Good luck getting anything for him now

I wouldn’t talk too much. Soft teams lose to the Bengals.

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