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3 trap games on 2021 schedule that Saints can’t afford to lose

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - SEPTEMBER 21: Cornerback P.J. Williams #26 of the New Orleans Saints and teammates, safety Chauncey Gardner-Johnson #22 and outside linebacker Demario Davis #56, celebrate after Williams recovered a fumble by running back Jalen Richard #30 of the Las Vegas Raiders during the second half of the NFL game at Allegiant Stadium on September 21, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Raiders defeated the Saints 34-24. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - SEPTEMBER 21: Cornerback P.J. Williams #26 of the New Orleans Saints and teammates, safety Chauncey Gardner-Johnson #22 and outside linebacker Demario Davis #56, celebrate after Williams recovered a fumble by running back Jalen Richard #30 of the Las Vegas Raiders during the second half of the NFL game at Allegiant Stadium on September 21, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Raiders defeated the Saints 34-24. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images) /
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Alvin Kamara #41 of the New Orleans Saints celebrates his touchdown against the New York Giants (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Alvin Kamara #41 of the New Orleans Saints celebrates his touchdown against the New York Giants (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) /

Trap Games on Saints 2021 Schedule – No. 2: vs New York Giants

The Saints host the Giants in Week 4 and it’s a game they’ll more than likely be favored in. People can say all they want about the Giants potentially winning the NFC East but is that really all that shocking? That division is a dumpster fire and any of those teams have a shot to win it.

That being said, New York isn’t a better team than the Saints and it needs to be proven when the G-Men roll into the Superdome in the fourth week of the season. Defensively the Giants are fine and that’s why they pushed for the NFC East title late in the 2020 season. It’s on the offensive side of the ball where the Giants struggled and where the Saints should be able to roll past them.

New York finished the 2020 season with the second worst-ranked offense in the league and it showed. They only scored more than 20 points in seven of their games and scored more than 25 points just twice. Injuries definitely played a factor in this, as Saquon Barkley missed a good chunk of the season but it’s hard to ignore the stats.

This game is set to take place two weeks before the Saints’ very early Week 6 bye and all they’ll have standing between them and a week off is Washington. Maybe New Orleans enters this game a little checked out with their bye week so close but they can’t do that, especially not against a beatable opponent.

On the other hand, with both defenses being decent, this could end up being a low-scoring game. As long as New Orleans doesn’t drop this game to the Daniel Jones-led Giants, fans will be okay with a strong defensive showing from the Saints.

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