The New Orleans Saints have a tough road ahead of them for the 2020 season. While the Saints schedule is ranked the ninth hardest, meaning there will be quite a few pitfalls throughout the course of the season.
One thing New Orleans fans can take solace in is knowing that this 2020 team is one of the most complete that this city has seen. Additions to nearly every weak or questionable position have been made and the team looks poised to once again make a deep playoff run. However, standing between them and that potential playoff run is a regular season schedule, and just like every schedule, there is a rough patch.
Take a quick look at what the team expects to face:
Graphic courtesy of Hayden Reel
There are some tough matchups early against the Green Bay Packers, San Francisco 49ers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. However, each of those teams will have to make the trip to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, and assuming there will be fans in attendance, those matchups should favor the Saints.
What really sticks out are Weeks 12-16, which include a three-week road trip against some good teams. The Atlanta Falcons always prove a tough opponent, and the Philadelphia Eagles could likely end up winning the NFC East. Even if New Orleans is able to walk away with three wins, they must return to the Superdome and take on the reigning Super Bowl champions Kansas City Chiefs. Then, five days later on Christmas Day the Saints will have to take on recently formed rival, the Minnesota Vikings.
This entire stretch will also take place in the later part of the season, and there will undoubtedly be questions about 41-year old Drew Brees’s arm strength and durability. Furthermore, many games in this stretch will likely require Brees and the offense to enter into shootouts which will only exacerbate those concerns.
It seems every season the Saints face some type of adversity which brings the team together and gives hope that this is the year the team makes it to the Super Bowl. It is very likely that this five-week span near the end of the season will be the “make or break” point for New Orleans.
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