The top 5 ‘Must Win’ games for the New Orleans Saints in 2017

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 18: The Minnesota Vikings defense lines up against the New Orleans Saints offense during their game on December 18, 2011 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Saints defeated the Vikings 42-20. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 18: The Minnesota Vikings defense lines up against the New Orleans Saints offense during their game on December 18, 2011 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Saints defeated the Vikings 42-20. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) /
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A case can me made that every week in the NFL is a must win. While this may be true, there are always games on the schedule that should be easier to win versus the others.

The New Orleans Saints have FIVE games on the schedule that stand out in my opinion. Coaches would never admit this. Every week has the same measurement according to coaches. Arguably, the only ones that could weigh heavier would be the division games.

The schedule in 2017 is brutal the first six weeks. In contrast, the next 10 games become much more friendlier. There is just one team that made the playoffs in the latter stretch. The Atlanta Falcons are the only playoff team the Saints play, which comes in December twice ironically.

Incidentally,, four of the five MUST WIN games are pulled from that string of games. There’s only one game in the first six games that made my list. And that team is ranked #5 on my list.

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