A new era begins in Louisiana as, for the first time since 2001, someone other than Drew Brees will line up behind center for the New Orleans Saints. Yep, as hard as that is to believe, it’s the truth. It’s the Jameis Winston era in the Big Easy now.
Winston’s ascension to QB1 is shrouded in a little doubt as he’s the first quarterback to ever join the NFL’s ’30-30 club’. That isn’t a good thing by the way.
No one’s going to complain about those 33 touchdown passes he tossed in 2019 or about the fact that he was only the eighth quarterback in league history to pass for over 5,000 yards, but his 35 turnovers that same year (30 of which were interceptions) have all but erased any good memories anyone had of how good he looked when he was actually on target.
Winston should enjoy a bounceback year with Sean Payton in his ear. Don’t forget that, in 2020, he was allowed to sit behind Drew Brees and learn. His first test of the current campaign, one versus the Green Bay Packers, won’t be an easy win by any means. Let’s get into some specifics.
Saints vs Packers Odds Week 1
WynnBET’s Week 1 betting odds have the Saints as 4.5-point underdogs even though they’re the home team, sort of. This one’s been relocated to TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Florida. New Orleans has moneyline odds of +170 while the Packers are the favorites at -215. The total has been set with an over/under of 50 points.
Saints vs Packers Prediction Week 1
In all honesty, it would be nice to tell you that the Saints are headed towards the upset, but that feels unlikely. There are just too many things to overcome.
Again, Jameis is capable, but he hasn’t started a regular-season game since December 29th of 2019. Michael Thomas won’t be playing. The wide receiver corps is thin. They’re playing in Duval County instead of the Caesars Superdome.
Oh, and then, there’s this. If you haven’t learned anything about Aaron Rodgers, you should have learned that, when he’s playing ticked off, as he will be again in 2021, it could be a long day for any defense that has to line up against him.
New Orleans will be better than people believe, and they’ll be a threat to the defending Super Bowl Champions, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but their first victory of the new season will have to wait for another week at least. We’re taking the points and the over. Green Bay wins this one by a score of 31-20.