Packers given tough test in opening game of 2021 season

Green Bay Packers, Aaron Rodgers (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
Green Bay Packers, Aaron Rodgers (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images) /

If Jordan Love takes his first NFL snap in the Green Bay Packers‘ season opener, he couldn’t have asked for a much tougher test.

Ahead of today’s NFL schedule release for the 2021 season, the Packers have announced they will begin the year on the road against the New Orleans Saints.

Assuming fans are back in attendance, the Superdome is one of the most difficult venues to visit for opposing teams. It’s one of the loudest stadiums in the league, making communication a real challenge.

Whether it’s Love or Aaron Rodgers under center, it won’t be an easy start. New Orleans has a talented defense and it won’t be easy to find a rhythm offensively, especially with the game being on the road.

Despite that, the Packers won’t have to worry about future Hall-of-Famer Drew Brees giving the defense problems. Following his retirement, it will either be Jameis Winston or former Packer Taysom Hill starting under center for the Saints.

Winston’s last season as a starter in the NFL was in 2019 when he threw for 33 touchdowns and 30 interceptions with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Hill has been a gadget player for the Saints and has only four touchdown passes to his name with three interceptions.

The Packers’ complete regular-season schedule for 2021 will be announced later today. There are plenty of rumors out there regarding when each game will be played, but the official announcement won’t come until later today. What we do know officially is that the Packers will begin their season on the road against the Saints.

It’s one of nine road games they will play in 2021 due to the addition of the 17th game. That extra game will come on the road against the Kansas City Chiefs but it’s unclear when it will take place.

Will the Packers win their season-opener in New Orleans?