New Orleans Saints: 5 Must-Win Games of 2016

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Jan 3, 2016; Atlanta, GA, USA; New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton on the sideline in the third quarter against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome. The Saints won 20-17. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 3, 2016; Atlanta, GA, USA; New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton on the sideline in the third quarter against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome. The Saints won 20-17. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports /
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Aug 16, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Oakland Raiders wide receiver Brice Butler (19) is tackled by New Orleans Saints strong safety Kenny Vaccaro (32) in the first half at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. New Orleans defeated Oakland 28-20. Mandatory Credit: Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 16, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Oakland Raiders wide receiver Brice Butler (19) is tackled by New Orleans Saints strong safety Kenny Vaccaro (32) in the first half at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. New Orleans defeated Oakland 28-20. Mandatory Credit: Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports /

No. 3 – Week 1 vs. Oakland (9/11)

Head coach Sean Payton has previously stressed the importance of this team getting off to a good start, and there’s a valid reason about why it’s that important. When the Saints win their opening game, they have a 12-3 record through their first 3 games of the season. It gets even better, as their first 5 games of the season boasts a 19-6 record when kicking the season off with a win.

The sad alternative of losing produces a dismal season, aside 2011. Taking that season out of the equation, the Saints have a combined 1-11 start in the first three contests. So, when they’re bad, they’re bad.

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The Oakland Raiders are no easy pushover, boasting major improvements on offense and defense. Defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. is no stranger to facing Drew Brees during his time with the Seahawks, which should be an interesting thing to watch. If there’s any indication on how the Saints season can go, we’ll get our answer with the first game of the season.

Next: No. 2

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