The post-Drew Brees era for the New Orleans Saints is off to one astounding start as they took care of business in their season opener with a 38-3 win over the Green Bay Packers.
The headlines from this game will surely center on Aaron Rodgers' sluggish outing that included two interceptions and a lowly 36.8 passer rating. But new Saints starting quarterback Jameis Winston deserves much attention for his efficient outing with five passing touchdowns and a 130.8 passer rating.
Winston put the finishing touches on his performance with a 55-yard passing touchdown to receiver Deonte Harris.
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This play brought out a well-timed reaction from former Saints quarterback and new NBC Sports analyst Drew Brees.
During NBC's “Football Night in America” show, Brees analyzed his former team's key win over the Packers. And when going through Winston's 55-yard passing touchdown, he sarcastically noted that maybe this is what the Saints offense was missing all along over the past years.
“I guess apparently this is what the Saints have been missing over those last couple of years,” Brees noted. “Let’s launch them, baby! Let’s go!”
During his prime days with the Saints, Brees was well recognized for being one of the top deep passers in the NFL. But over the latter years of his run in New Orleans, it was clear that he just could not launch world-class passes as he used to.
For now, New Orleans sure hopes that this was just the beginning of a potential standout season for Winston, which the team so desperately needs out of him.