Saints-Packers Post Game Recap And Analysis
The Saints walked into their home away from home in Jacksonville to take on Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers for their week one matchup. Saints would get the ball to start the game off and who else would touch the ball but Saints RB Alvin Kamara but only for a 1yd gain. Later on in that same drive Jameis Winston would find Marquez Callaway for a 14yd gain for a first down. Saints first offensive drive would stall out and would have to settle for a 44 yd Aldrick Rosas FG.
Packers first possession would end rather quickly as the Saints’ defense looked very stout and caused headaches for Aaron Rodgers early. Saints would get the ball again and it was a long methodical drive with a very run forward offensive mindset. Saints would cap off that drive with a 3 yd flip pass from Jameis Winston to Alvin Kamara to start off the second quarter.
The Saints defense would force another Packers punt on the next possession. This Saints drive would be the best one of the day. Marching 80 yds down the field and chewing up most of the time in the quarter. The drive would end with a fantastic touchdown grab by the WR turned TE Juwan Johnson.
The Packers would finally get something going late in the second quarter with a 39 yd Mason Crosby FG and the Saints would still have a 17-3 lead heading into the half. The Packers would get the ball to start the second half, but the Saints’ defense put pressure on Rodgers forcing him to throw an interception to the rookie CB Paulson Adebo. Later on in the 3rd, Rodgers would throw yet another interception to Marcus Williams. The Saints would score two more times in the game ending the day with a 38-3 win over the reigning MVP.
Jameis Winston’s Saints debut was nothing short of spectacular. Winston looked like a brand new QB in today’s game. Winston finished today with 5 touchdown passes and didn’t even throw for 150 yds. Jameis Winston became the 4th QB in Saints history with a 5 passing TD game, joining Drew Brees, Aaron Brooks, and Billy Kilmer.
The Saints defense deserves high praise for their showing today. The defense today played like a top 3 defense in the league. With all the question marks heading into the season on the defensive side, all questions were certainly answered after today’s game. You can see what a phenomenal job DBs coach Kris Richard has done with the secondary. The whole defensive side of the ball deserves to be praised.
Lastly, the Saints were very run first, run heavy in today’s game. Alvin Kamara looked like his normal touchdown scoring self, and the young up-and-comer Tony Jones Jr. proved to be a solid RB2 option.
Jameis Winston 14/20 148 yds, 5 TDs
Alvin Kamara 20 CAR 83 yds 3 REC 8 yds 1 TD
Deonte Harris 2 REC 72 yds 1 TD
Juwan Johnson 3 REC 21 yds 2 TDs
Paulson Adebo/Marcus Williams 1 INT