The Green Bay Packers will attempt to win the team’s seventh straight season-opening game when they travel to Jacksonville to play the New Orleans Saints in Week 1 on Sunday afternoon. The Packers haven’t started a season 0-1 since 2014. Last season, Matt LaFleur’s team knocked off the Minnesota Vikings on the road in Week 1 and then beat the Saints in New Orleans two weeks later to start 3-0. Can the Packers get off to another hot start in the Florida heat and humidity on Sunday?
The Saints are starting a new era at quarterback. Gone is future Hall of Famer Drew Brees, in is 2015 first overall pick Jameis Winston. The former Buccaneer has a big arm and a real chance to revive his career with Sean Payton. But can he avoid the turnovers that killed him so often in Tampa Bay? Winston threw 30 picks (including seven pick-sixes) in 16 games in 2019. Here’s a wild stat: Winston has thrown 88 career interceptions in 76 games, while Rodgers has 89 in 197. There’s a good chance Winston will pass Rodgers in career interceptions by the end of Week 1. Keep an eye on Packers safety Darnell Savage. It wouldn’t be surprising if he starts his third season with a couple of chances at interceptions on forced throws down the field. Rodgers is expecting more plays from the young defensive back in 2021.