The Saints‘ Week 1 opponent has been revealed! They’ll host the Green Bay Packers on Sept. 12 and it’ll be a late afternoon game. The biggest buzz with this game could be that both the Saints and Packers are moving on from their longtime quarterbacks.
The Saints, of course, lost Drew Brees to retirement this offseason after 15 years with the organization and 20 years in the league. The Packers are experiencing turbulence with Aaron Rodgers, who has been with their organization since they drafted him in the first round back in 2005. Rodgers isn’t happy with the Packers after they took Jordan Love in the first round last year and there have been rumors that he could demand a trade.
Should Rodgers get his wish and be traded (or even just retire), this Saints/Packers matchup will look completely different than what we’ve grown accustomed to for the past decade. It’ll no longer be Brees vs Rodgers no matter what but if Rodgers is traded, we could see Jameis Winston vs Jordan Love or Taysom Hill vs Jordan Love.
The Saints are hosting the Packers in Week 1. Who will be the Packers’ quarterback?
This is the storyline we’ll hear when it comes to this matchup. The Saints and Packers both were fortunate to have good situations at the quarterback position for over a decade and now the Saints are for sure going to have a new man under center but the Packers could be as well.
If Rodgers is traded, Love will make his NFL debut against New Orleans and Winston will likely make his first start as a member of the Saints. Winston didn’t play much for the Saints last year, as Hill got the nod when Brees missed time.
The Saints and Packers squared off last year with the Packers winning by a touchdown. Both quarterbacks threw for three touchdowns apiece in an offensive showdown but that might not be the case this time around, as both teams’ defenses came into their own by season’s end.
New Orleans has a tough opponent to start the year and what makes it trickier is that we don’t know what will go down in Green Bay this summer. Will Rodgers still be the Packers’ quarterback when Week 1 comes around? Or will it be Winston vs Love in the Superdome?