It seems that the Buddha taught the Noble Eight Fold Path to puthujjana.....it would seem very odd for the Buddha to teach the Path to people who could not follow it.....I guess.....
You've brought up an interesting point. The Buddha put forth his teaching, and every now and then as it did for Kondañña in the Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta the Dhammacakkhu arises in the listener (the sávaka) and he comes to understand what the Buddha is teaching. There is of course mundane Right View that the Buddha taught that puthujjanas were quite capable of understanding, but it's an aspect of the teaching that many of us find unsatisfying -- and it does ripen in renewed becoming; i.e. it is liberating in a very circuitous way.