Packers get nothing going in season opener

The Green Bay Packers' starters faltered in their first real game action of the year, getting blown out at neutral site as the New Orleans Saints won 38-3.


The Packers did not score until time was expiring in the first half when Mason Crosby kicked a 39-yard field goal.  It was preceded by the Saints controlling the line of scrimmage defensively and scoring on a field goal and two of the five passing touchdowns by Jameis Winston. 


It went from bad to worse in the second half as Winston threw a touchdown pass in the third quarter and another two in the fourth quarter. The Packers threatened, but an Aaron Rodgers interception and a Jordan Love fumble killed two drives in the red zone. 


Rodgers had a forgettable day, throwing two interceptions in the second half en route to his fourth-lowest passer rating in his career before getting yanked in the fourth quarter in favor of Love. The running game was an afterthought, rushing the ball only 15 times for a total of 43 yards. The only saving grace: every other NFC North team lost on Sunday.


The Packers will try again on Monday Night Football next week when they play the Detroit Lions. 

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