In his first start for the New Orleans Saints, Jameis Winston threw for five touchdown passes as he led his team to a shocking 38-3 victory over Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers. Throwing five touchdown passes is an impressive feat, but he managed to do it while passing for less than 200 yards.
He was 14 of 20 for 148 yards passing, which is the fewest passing yards for a quarterback who threw five touchdown passes since 1948. He didn't throw an interception either, something that has plagued him during his career.
After the game, Winston said that his best play wasn't one of his touchdown passes; it was one in which he threw the ball away.
"Imma tell you!" Winston told Peter King when asked about the play. "Fake wide zone to the left, late in the first quarter. I think we were at the Green Bay 37. I threw the ball away."
"We had this same play called the other day in practice," Winston continued. "And I was trying to make a play, and I threw it, and [Saints linebacker] Kaden Elliss intercepted it. So I just said to myself, If we call that play in the game this week, and it's not there, I'm gonna throw it so high out of bounds that Shaq can't pick it off. And that's what I did."
Winston credited his time learning under Drew Brees last season for making the right call and throwing the ball away.
"One of the great things I learned from playing with Drew [Brees] last year was decisions over results," Winston explained. "Sometimes the right decision is a play that gains nothing. Just keep making good decision after good decision, and the game's going to go okay."