One of the biggest storylines to emerge from Week 1 of the 2021 NFL season is the lopsided loss the Green Bay Packers suffered to the New Orleans Saints. While many expected the Packers to win at a neutral site instead of having to play in the dome in New Orleans, Green Bay laid an egg as the road team. Aaron Rodgers and the offense made uncharacteristic mistakes while Jameis Winston was extremely efficient on the other side of the field.
It felt like deja vu for the Saints as they have now beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Packers 38-3 in back-to-back regular-season openers. If there is anything that Green Bay can take from Sunday’s shellacking is that Tampa Bay went on to win the Super Bowl last season following their loss to New Orleans in Week 1.
While it wasn’t an encouraging performance from the Packers in Week 1, here is why it isn’t time to panic following their loss to the Saints.
We All Need To R-E-L-A-X About The Packers
As a human, it’s in our nature to overreact to certain things in our lives. There aren’t many instances where more people overreact to things than in Week 1 of the NFL season. For the Packers, it was an abysmal performance from Rodgers and the offense. Rodgers threw for only 133 yards and two interceptions, with the interceptions being an unusual occurrence for the All-Pro quarterback.
Throwing two interceptions in a game is extremely rare for Rodgers as he’s thrown five or fewer interceptions in each of the past three seasons. It’s hard to expect Rodgers to have another performance like the one he had in Week 1, so the only way is up moving forward. You would also like to see more from Aaron Jones and Davante Adams, who should have large roles in the offense like usual.
The defense of the Packers wasn’t much better than the offense as they allowed Alvin Kamara and Tony Jones Jr. to run rampant on their defense. Plus, Winston was efficient as he tossed five touchdowns despite throwing it only 20 times for 148 yards. There are 16 more games for Green Bay’s defense to figure things out this season.
The good news for the Packers is that they are in a perfect bounce-back spot in Week 2 versus the Detroit Lions on Monday Night Football. Plus, all four teams in the NFC North lost in Week 1, which helps Green Bay. Personally, I expect the Packers to come out firing against the Lions in Week 2 to find their rhythm on both sides of the ball.
Now, if Green Bay can’t defeat a Jared Goff-led Detroit squad with a new head coach at home, then it will definitely be time to panic.