When you make Jameis Winston your starting quarterback, you sign up for the whole Winston experience and that’s exactly what New Orleans got in the first two weeks of the season. You get the heights the Saints got in Week 1 when Winston wowed everyone with five touchdown passes in a dominant 38-3 win over the Packers. And of course you get the dips, which Winston provided on Sunday in the Saints’ 26-7 loss to Carolina.
After looking unstoppable last week, the Saints were fortunate enough to score just one point against the Panthers. Winston was under constant pressure throughout the game and when under pressure he is prone to making bad decisions which is exactly what has happened a few times against the Panthers including the interception you see below. below, which came about with just 23 seconds left in the first half. .
Including that pick, Winston ended up going 11 for 22 for 111 yards with no touchdown passes and two interceptions. While Winston was bad in this game, it wasn’t entirely his fault the Saints were having offensive issues. A big reason he struggled is that the Panthers simply overwhelmed the Saints’ offensive line.
There have been several passing games like the one below where Winston just didn’t have enough time to get a pass.
It was one of four sacks Winston took in the game. If the passing game isn’t working, you’ll sometimes see the running game take over, but the Saints certainly didn’t. Alvin Kamara was limited to just 5 yards on eight carries on a day the Saints finished with just 48 rushing yards.
Overall, the Saints totaled just 128 attacking yards, which was their lowest total since 2001. They might not have missed Drew Brees last week, but they definitely did. missed this week. Brees has the ability to think quickly and he was generally able to pull the ball out, regardless of the pressure he faced. On the other hand, this is something Winston struggles with.
We don’t know if last week’s squad or this week’s squad is the true Saints squad for 2021, but New Orleans are better off hoping that the Jameis who showed up today aren’t here to stay.
Okay, let’s move on to the ratings for each Week 2 game. If you’re looking for a deeper dive into Washington’s savage win over the Giants that came on Thursday, be sure to click here.
Caroline 26-7 vs New Orleans
Green Bay 35-17 vs. Detroit
Chicago 20-17 vs. Cincinnati
LA Rams 27-24 vs. Indianapolis
Denver 23-13 vs. Jacksonville
Cleveland 31-21 vs. Houston
San Francisco 17-11 vs. Philadelphia
49ers-Eagles Notes by Jeff Kerr (Love Notes? Hate Notes? Let him know on Twitter.)
New England 25-6 vs. NY Jets
Patriots-Jets Notes by Tyler Sullivan (Love Notes? Hate Notes? Let him know on Twitter.)
Las Vegas 26-17 vs. Pittsburgh
Raiders-Steelers Notes by Bryan DeArdo (Love Notes? Hate Notes? Let him know on Twitter.)
Buffalo 35-0 vs. Miami
Bills-Dolphins Notes by Chris Trapasso (Love notes? Hate notes? Let him know on Twitter.)
Arizona 34-33 v Minnesota
Tampa Bay 48-25 vs. Atlanta
Tennessee 33-30 vs. Seattle (OT)
Notes from the Titans-Seahawks by Jordan Dajani (Love notes? Hate notes? Let him know on Twitter.)
Dallas 20-17 vs. LA Chargers
The Cowboys-Chargers Notes by Patrik Walker (Love notes? Hate notes? Let him know on Twitter.)
Baltimore 36-35 vs. Kansas City
Chiefs-Ravens Notes by Jared Dubin (Love Notes? Hate Notes? Let him know on Twitter.)
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