Three reasons why Packers will beat Saints in Week 1
Packers have big advantage at QB
Last season, we got to see another chapter in the great rivalry between Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees. The two combined for 571 passing yards and six touchdowns in a shootout. We’ve seen some fun battles between Rodgers and Brees over the years.
However, the Brees era is now over following his retirement this past offseason, and Jameis Winston will now be the starting quarterback for the Saints.
There’s no doubt Winston has talent. He has thrown for 19,812 yards and 121 touchdowns with 70 career starts in the NFL. The area Winston has struggled is protecting the football. He threw 88 interceptions in five years as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ starter, including 30 in 2019.
Winston will give defenses opportunities for turnovers. Rodgers is the complete opposite. He has 120 more career starts than Winston but only one more interception. The most Rodgers has thrown in a single season is 13, which was his first as the Packers’ starter in 2008. Since 2013, Rodgers has only thrown more than six interceptions in a season twice.
Last season, he was named NFL MVP with 48 touchdowns and only five interceptions.
With Rodgers returning for at least one more season, the Packers remain Super Bowl contenders. In Week 1, Green Bay has the clear advantage at quarterback.