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3 most important Saints games heading into the 2021 season

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As we approach the 2021 season, anticipation has started to build & excitement has started to grow. With a brand new 17 game schedule to look forward to, fans of the New Orleans Saints are eager to watch their favorite players once again chase the Lombardi trophy. To get there though, the Saints have a long road ahead. Highlighted below are the three most important games of the year that the Saints should keep close watch on.

3.) Green Bay Packers

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Although the QB dilemma in Green Bay hasn’t slowed down, the Saints haven’t lost focus on what’s important: they open the season and start a new era against the Green Bay Packers. The Packers came to New Orleans last season and beat the Saints in a close game. Look for NOLA to try to rectify that loss and also start the season off on a high note. For whomever ends up landing the QB1 position in New Orleans, this will be the test to see if they are ready. With a roaring crowd in the Superdome, this game has potential to be the foundation in which the Saints build a good season from.

2.) Dak Prescott & the Cowboys

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The Dallas Cowboys made this list simply because it’s always a fun time when Dallas & New Orleans meet up. With the redemption season of Dak Prescott looming, the writing is on the wall for Dallas to have a comeback season. Whether or not that happens at the expense of the Saints remains to be seen. The last two times these two teams met, it was a battle of the defenses as both games were low scoring but high in intensity. If the Saints expect to make it to the post season, they’ll need to derail what is expected to be a blazing hot Dallas team when they roll into Bourbon Street.

1.) Tom Brady & the Bucs

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After being eliminated by the Tampa Bay Bucs in the divisional round of the playoffs this past season, revenge is on the mind of the New Orleans Saints. As they look to once again win the division, expect both of the dates New Orleans has with Tampa Bay to be highly contested close games. Especially with the star power that Tampa has managed to keep around foe another year. Look for Jameis Winston to be out with something to prove against his former team if he is indeed the QB1 that we all expect him to be post training camp. The Halloween matchup in the Superdome could set the tone for the rest of the Saints’ season.

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