Winston’s 5-Star Debut

Between reigning MVP Aaron Rodgers and Jameis Winston, you probably wouldn’t have picked the latter to erupt Sunday — or the former to suffer the most lopsided loss of his career.

In the Saints’ stunning 38-3 rout of the Packers, Winston threw five TDs with no interceptions, while Rodgers failed to find the end zone and threw two picks.

New Orleans fans were hoping Winston would prove a serviceable successor to Drew Brees, but they got much more — including flashbacks to Winston’s 33-TD season in 2019.

  • Winston’s performance was historically efficient, too: His 148 passing yards were the fewest ever in a five-TD game, according to ESPN.
  • He’s on a one-year, $5.5 million deal, but a laundry list of incentives could add up to $7 million.
  • He already pocketed the $1 million bonus on Sunday for improving on his 2020 stats in at least one area out of playing time, passing yards/TDs, or rushing yards/TDs.

With five touchdowns under his belt — and the starting job solidified — Winston should blow past the next $1 million incentive for reaching 25 TDs.

Meanwhile, Rodgers threw for just 133 yards on 15-of-28 passing with two interceptions for a 36.8 passer rating. It was only his third career game with no TD passes and multiple picks.