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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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Quarterback Sam Darnold #14 of the New York Jets in action against the New Orleans Saints (Photo by Al Pereira/Getty Images)
Quarterback Sam Darnold #14 of the New York Jets in action against the New Orleans Saints (Photo by Al Pereira/Getty Images) /

Trap Games on Saints 2021 Schedule – No. 1: at New York Jets

The biggest trap game on the Saints’ schedule is against the Jets, who won just two games last year. I mentioned on the previous slide how the Giants were the second-worst offense in the league and guess who the worst offense was? If you guessed the Jets, pat yourself on the back because you’re right.

The Jets scored more than 20 points in just six games last year and had over 25 points scored in only four games. It took them until Week 15 to win a game and they looked like a train wreck all season long. This is absolutely a team that the Saints have to pummel when they meet up in Week  14 but it’ll be an easy game to overlook simply because of how bad the Jets’ organization is.

This game worries me because it’s late in the year and against a team that not many are going to take seriously. The biggest thing to note with the placement of this game is that it precedes the Saints’ only Sunday night game of the year, which happens to take place in Tampa Bay. If the Saints are a fringe playoff contender at this point of the season it’d be easy for them to look past this game to their next one.

Teams get ahead of themselves all too often and if New Orleans looks past the Jets in preparation for their matchup in Tampa Bay, it could backfire badly on them. The Jets aren’t going to be a good team this year but even the atrocious 2020 team notched two wins and if the Saints aren’t careful, one of the Jets’ few wins in 2021 could come against them.

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The New Orleans Saints will have a new look on offense due to the retirement of Drew Brees but they should be able to win double-digit games if all goes according to plan. Dropping any of these three games could be the difference between them making the playoffs or being on the outside looking in.

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