5 Toughest Games for the New Orleans Saints 2014 Season

5 Toughest Games for the New Orleans Saints 2014 Season

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The New Orleans Saints' schedule for next season isn't one of the hardest in the NFL, but their road to the playoffs won't be a walk in the park. There are plenty of games this season that give fans a reason to worry.

5. Week 1: @ Atlanta Falcons

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5. Week 1: @ Atlanta Falcons

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The Atlanta Falcons were a disappointment last season, but that doesn't mean they should be overlooked in 2014. Atlanta is a tough place to be the visiting team, especially during Week 1, and the Falcons will be looking to make a big statement in the opener.

4. Week 7: @ Detroit Lions

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4. Week 7: @ Detroit Lions

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In 2013, the Detroit Lions were a mystery. All the weapons were there, but they couldn't put it all together. They made a lot of improvements this offseason and will be playing that brand of intense Detroit football. The Saints' defense and offensive line will have to be prepared if the Saints are to win.

3. Week 14: Carolina Panthers

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3. Week 14: Carolina Panthers

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The Panthers are coming off one of their best seasons and, though they lost wide receiver Steve Smith, the team will be looking to build on last year's success. The combination of tough defense and a Cam Newton-led offense is enough to make any team sweat. Even though the Saints are at home, the Panthers won't go down without a fight.

2. Week 10: 49ers

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2. Week 10: 49ers

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There is not a team in the NFL that should feel comfortable playing the 49ers. They've had a lot of losses this offseason, but they still have plenty of weapons on both sides of the ball. The Superdome is a tough place to visit, but the 49ers are one tough team.

1. Week 9: @ Carolina Panthers

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1. Week 9: @ Carolina Panthers

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The only comfort for the Saints in the Week 14 matchup is that it's at home. But in Week 9, they'll have to try to stop Cam Newton in front of some of the toughest and loudest fans in the NFL. If the Saints pull out a win here, they can win just about anywhere.


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