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Complete list of opponents for the New Orleans Saints in 2021

As rumors circulate about the retirement of Drew Brees, we take an early look at their 2021 needs and opponents.

Quarterback Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints reacts after throwing a touchdown pass during the second half of their game against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on January 03, 2021 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images

The New Orleans Saints have had a great 2020 season thanks to Drew Brees, Alvin Kamara and a host of others, finishing the year with a 12-4 record. Even while they’re still competing for a spot in the Super Bowl, it’s not too early to take a look at what the team could need next season as well as looking at their 2021 opponents.

Brees has been a generational quarterback talent and New Orleans has benefitted greatly from it. But he turns 42 later this month and his time is eventually going to come to an end on the football field. The Saints could look into picking up a QB in this draft which is stacked with talent at that position.

Brees will probably still be around next season though, so a more immediate need is defensive back to lock down opposing wide receivers with the influx of talent coming into the division. The Saints gave up 28 passing touchdowns this year, which ranks 17th in the league.

2021 opponents

The New Orleans Saints will face their NFC South divisional opponents six times, half at home and half on the road. In addition, they draw matchups against all for teams from the AFC East and NFC East. The NFL is expected to add a 17th game to the regular season schedule that will feature an inter-conference matchup with a similarly placed team. The Saints would face the AFC South.

Home: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Carolina Panthers, Atlanta Falcons, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, Green Bay Packers

Away: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Carolina Panthers, Atlanta Falcons, New England Patriots, Seattle Seahawks, New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Football Team

17th game: vs. Tennessee Titans