1. Saints at Packers, Week 3
There aren't many teams that understand what the Green Bay Packers are about to go through in 2023 the way the Saints do. Aaron Rodgers, who is one of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game, is gone. He's now with the New York Jets and that means Jordan Love is about to get the call as their starter.
New Orleans understands this to a certain degree. They didn't have to see their future Hall of Fame quarterback suit up for another team but they still found themselves replacing Drew Brees in 2021. Like the Packers, they had a former first-round pick take over as Jameis Winston got the first crack at replacing Brees.
The difference is, Winston was taken first overall in 2015 by Tampa Bay and was in just his second season with the Saints — after being replaced by Tom Brady. There was some familiarity with him but he was still trying to prove he wasn't a bust.
Love, on the other hand, knows the Green Bay offense very well. The Utah State product was chosen 26th overall by the Packers in 2020 and spent the past three seasons learning behind Rodgers. His numbers are limited, completing 50-of-83 passes for 606 yards with three touchdowns and three picks, but he's been groomed for this moment.
He's not a former bust trying to right the ship, but a guy who the coaching staff believed in enough to trade up for him in 2020 as the eventual replacement for Rodgers.
New Orleans will see him early as they're on the schedule in 2023 and the last thing they can afford is to treat this one as if it will be an easy win. The Packers defense will continue to be legit and Love could very well prove to be their next franchise quarterback.
For the Saints, they should approach the game as if that were the case, this way they can avoid an unnecessary letdown due to being unprepared.