Packers 52, Saints 3
Brett Favre and his patchwork Packers made up for a month's worth of misery Sunday.
Favre threw three touchdown passes despite playing without four offensive starters and losing running back Najeh Davenport to a season-ending ankle injury in the second quarter of Green Bay's 52-3 rout of the New Orleans Saints.
After going three and out and giving up a field goal, Green Bay (1-4) scored 52 unanswered points.
"When you have a lot of pent-up frustration, you can kind of explode like that," place kicker Ryan Longwell said after Green Bay's most lopsided win since Oct. 23, 1966, when it routed Atlanta, 56-3.
Davenport scored twice before breaking his right ankle just before halftime, and cornerback Al Harris intercepted two passes, broke up three and recorded a sack as the Packers piled up their most points since scoring 55 against Tampa Bay in 1983.
"That's the first time I've ever played in a game where we scored 50 points," Favre said. "Who would have guessed it? We're 0-4, struggling, more guys hurt and even lose guys during the course of the game. But I've played long enough to know that if you do things the right way, if you study, prepare and believe, things will go your way."
The Saints (2-3) couldn't stop a depleted Packers offense that was missing Pro Bowlers Javon Walker, Ahman Green and Bubba Franks (for all but one snap), while starting center Mike Flanagan and both tackles were playing on gimpy left legs.
It wasn't the type of homecoming Mike McKenzie anticipated a year after forcing a trade from the Packers.
"They were excellent in every phase of the game," said McKenzie, who saw no evidence of over-the-hill from the team he cited in wanting his walking papers.
"The only thing I can see is 52-3," McKenzie said. "The Packers are looking quite good."
Favre completed 19 of 27 passes for 215 yards and no interceptions before giving way to rookie Aaron Rodgers to start the fourth quarter.