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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Oct 15, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints linebacker Michael Mauti (56) celebrates after blocking a punt and recovering it for a touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons during the first quarter of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports /

No. 2 – Week 3 vs. Atlanta (9/26)

There’s so much at stake in this early clash of hated NFC South Rivals, as it’s one of the lone primetime games the Saints have in 2016. Swirling the 10th Anniversary of the ‘Rebirth’ game, this has all the makings of a big matchup. While Atlanta was able to sweep the Saints in 2014, the black and gold were able to return the favor last season.

Make no mistake about it, these two teams hate each other. You’ll have both teams coming from extensive travel from Week 2, as the Saints come home from New York while the Falcons travel back from Oakland. It’s Matt Ryan versus Drew Brees, Julio Jones versus Delvin Breaux, Nate Stupar facing off against his former squad, and all sorts of other storylines that are certain to come up.

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