Saints’ Most Difficult Matchups on 2021 Schedule: No. 3 – Green Bay Packers
The Packers could be higher on this list but until the situation with Aaron Rodgers is figured out, I can’t put it higher than the other two teams on this list. Rodgers makes the Packers a much scarier team so if he’s no longer the quarterback there and Jordan Love is there instead, well — Saints fans won’t exactly be shaking in their boots.
If Rodgers is still in Green Bay, however, then this game is definitely one of the toughest on New Orleans’ schedule. The Packers won the last matchup by a touchdown and Rodgers and Brees each threw for three touchdowns a piece. Defense was optional in that game but both teams have improved defensively since Week 3 of the 2020 season and that’ll be proven in this game.
If Rodgers isn’t the quarterback and Love is under center for the Packers instead, the Saints still won’t have a cakewalk when the Pack come to town. As I mentioned above, the Packers’ defense improved last season and who knows what Love will look like if he actually gets to start? He might actually be decent. The Packers did trade up to draft him in the first round a year ago, so they clearly saw something in him.
With Rodgers, the Packers are arguably the best team in the NFC. Without him, they’re still one of the best teams in the NFC. That earns them a spot on this list.