Saints: 3 opponents who don’t look as daunting after Week 1

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The New Orleans Saints took care of business against the Green Bay Packers, who not many gave them a chance at beating. The Packers certainly looked like one of the toughest teams on the Saints’ 2021 season schedule but that’s not what it looked like after NOLA put up 38 points and held the Pack to just a field goal.

It’s only Week 1 but here were three other teams whose Week 1 performance put Saints fans at ease when it comes to facing them later in the season.

3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

This is the only team on the list who ended up winning their game but the Buccaneers didn’t dominate the Cowboys like many thought they would. It took a game-winning field goal for the Bucs to win this one, which isn’t what many anticipated the game coming down to.

With the Bucs’ less-than-impressive win and the Saints taking the Packers to the woodshed, Tampa Bay definitely looks a lot less daunting now. Also, NOLA handled the Bucs with ease last year, thrashing them in both regular-season outings and making more mistakes than they did in the playoffs.

The NFC South doesn’t look as open and shut as everyone seemed to think entering the season.