49ers: Analyzing the 4 hardest games on the 2020 schedule

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2. Week 10 — Away @ New Orleans Saints

San Francisco has to play 10 consecutive weeks of football before their Week 11 bye. Their opponent for the 10th out of 10 straight games? Only the juggernaut New Orleans Saints.

New Orleans is arguably the lone team in the NFC that can match the 49ers stride for stride in terms of talent and playmaking ability. They have an incredible home-field advantage and are coached by the great Sean Payton and quarterbacked by the record-setting Drew Brees.

The Saints and 49ers both finished 13-3 in 2019, with the 49ers receiving the head-to-head tie break in the playoff seedings thanks to their exhilarating 48-46 win over New Orleans in the Superdome in Week 14 of last season.

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It definitely helps that Jimmy Garoppolo and company went 6-2 on the road in 2019, and had the experience of playing inside the raucous confines of the Superdome.

But the Saints improved their roster with the signings of former 49ers’ wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders and safety Malcolm Jenkins, as well as a solid 2020 NFL Draft with a limited number of picks.

This looks to be their toughest game of the season.