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Saints add top-tier AFC team as their 17th game in 2021

NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 22: Taysom Hill #7 of the New Orleans Saints passes the ball during the fourth quarter against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium on December 22, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. New Orleans defeats Tennessee 38-28. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 22: Taysom Hill #7 of the New Orleans Saints passes the ball during the fourth quarter against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium on December 22, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. New Orleans defeats Tennessee 38-28. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images) /
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The New Orleans Saints boasted one of the hardest schedules in 2020 based on 2019 finishes, and yet again, the team is boasting a top schedule in 2021 based on 2020 finishes. The NFL wasn’t done giving the Saints hard games yet either.

The team already plays the reigning Super Bowl champions twice this year. On top of that, they add five more playoff teams, including the No. 1 NFC team, to their record and three more who were almost playoff teams in 2020.

Those teams include the Green Bay Packers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Football Team, Buffalo Bills, Seattle Seahawks, and Miami Dolphins. After that, there aren’t many difficult teams.

Unfortunately, one outweighs the other.

The NFL voted to add a 17th regular-season game for each team this year. The New Orleans Saints add a tough AFC South opponent.

I am sure most of you are aware that the NFL Board met this past week and ratified an NFL rule change that would take away one preseason game and add a 18th regular-season week and a 17th regular-season game.

Many Saints players were not happy about the rule change that hasn’t happened for decades. The most outspoken of those players was Alvin Kamara. Kamara took to social media to express his distaste of the NFL’s decision.

On top of another regular-season game, the NFL gave the Saints another top-tier AFC team. They draw a road game against the team that finished on top of the AFC South — the Tennessee Titans. Alvin Kamara will travel to Derrick Henry for the team’s 17th game.

The NFL couldn’t give New Orleans any breaks on their way to another Lombardi Trophy. It doesn’t matter though. Through adversity and everything that has been thrown their way, this team and taken them and fought all the way.

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Last time the black and gold played the Titans was in Week 16 of the 2019 season. The Saints won that game 38-28 on the back of 279 yards from Drew Brees, two touchdowns from Alvin Kamara, and 136 yards from Michael Thomas.

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