This is an early Christmas while we’re in the middle of a world pandemic. The 2020-2021 full preseason and regular season games have been unveiled by all 32 teams. The New Orleans Saints are coming off a 13-3 season, but fell in the Wild Card game at home versus the Minnesota Vikings last season, a disappointing end to a promising season. With Drew Brees likely entering his final season as the black and gold signal caller, the road only gets tougher, especially when you look at this schedule. With the annual two match-ups now against Tompa Bay, a date with the Super Bowl Champs in the Dome, and being apart of Vegas’ opening act, the Saints have some key games ahead to make a final Super Bowl push with number nine.
Key Games for the 2020 New Orleans Saints
The Saints have five prime-time games this season, and each one will be a statement game. The first one is against the Las Vegas Raiders, who will be playing in a brand new stadium this fall and the Saints will have a chance to show the world this team is for real. Saints fans travel well and with this being a Monday night game, you better believe Who Dat Nation will travel hundreds of miles to watch their team play in Sin City. The last time these two teams met, the Raiders edged the Saints out back in 2016, 35-34.
Raiders sideline after Saints missed FG pic.twitter.com/ho7qkMZtIj
— James Palmer (@JamesPalmerTV) September 11, 2016
The Saints also have the Los Angeles Chargers on a Sunday night in Mid-October, as Drew Brees will have another opportunity to beat up on his former team. Since joining the Saints, Drew Brees has beaten the Chargers in the previous three match-ups, and if this is his final swan song, he wants to have a historic night to show up his former team just one more time. The Chargers may also have rookie quarterback Justin Herbert starting, and the Saints have beaten up on rookie quarterbacks in recent years.
The King of breaking records 👑
In 2012, @drewbrees broke Johnny Unitas' record for most consecutive games with at least one touchdown pass on this play. 🙌
— Sunday Night Football (@SNFonNBC) April 3, 2020
Final must-see QB match-ups
Tom Brady and Drew Brees going head to head twice this season is everything this NFL Season needed and more. The two leaders in career passing yards and touchdowns will play not only to open the season, but in prime-time in early November when the playoff battles begin to heat up. These are two players most people waited to see match-up in the Super Bowl but it was never in the cards for it to happen. This will be early Christmas presents to football fans everywhere.
Tom Brady opens his Buccaneers career with a trip to take on Drew Brees and the Saints in New Orleans! pic.twitter.com/EbdbzGoJr4
— PFF (@PFF) May 7, 2020
Brees will also have the chance to battle Aaron Rodgers, who people rank ahead of Brees in the all-time quarterback rankings. Both are hitting the ends of their careers (especially with the Packers drafting Jordan Love.) Whenever these two play, it always leads to big points and big debates over who is better. With this being a Sunday Night game in week three, all eyes will be on this game, with potential playoff implications down the line.
Some great Week 3 QB matchups:
Dak Prescott vs Russell Wilson
– Both have 40 wins since 2016, 2nd in NFL
Aaron Rodgers vs Drew Brees
– 1-2 in Pass TD since 2008 (Brees: 413 | Rodgers: 363)
Patrick Mahomes vs Lamar Jackson
– Last 2 NFL MVPs
— Evan Kaplan (@EpKap) May 8, 2020
An underrated quarterback rivalry is Drew Brees and Matt Ryan. The two have played each other more than any two quarterbacks in NFL History, with both always being available to play and carrying their teams on their backs. In 22 meetings, Brees leads the all time series 13-9, and the Falcons always prove to be a thorn in the Saints side. Whether either team is down in the dumps or flying mighty high, their two games per year always provides the best atmosphere in either dome, and on Twitter.
Matt Ryan and Drew Brees have faced each other 22 times, the most in NFL history between two QBs.
9 wins 13 wins
6,536 yds 6,901 yds
41 td 42 td
14 int 25 int pic.twitter.com/lOZ24XHzLI
— Kevin Keneely (@KevinKeneely1) November 10, 2019
Rough November and December
The road to the playoffs and ultimately the Super Bowl will bank on how the Saints fare in November and December. Four of the Saints last nine games are against playoff teams, including games against the two Super Bowl participants, San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs, as well as the Minnesota Vikings, who booted the Saints out of the playoffs twice in their last three appearances.
The Saints will also play an improving Denver Broncos team, who are buying into Drew Lock, a pesky Philadelphia Eagles team with a ton of offensive fire power, and two games against a pesky Carolina Panthers team. The Saints defense will be tested against these vaunted offensive attacks (49ers, Buccaneers, Chiefs) and will have to be flawless, especially if they want home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.
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