It is one of the best days on the NFL Calendar, schedule release day! We’ve know the list of teams the Saints are going to be facing off against since the end of last season. However, who you’re playing, when, and where are crucial when talking about how a team’s schedule will unfold. The Saints are going to be in the spotlight once again this season. We will have 5 primetime games, including 2 on Monday Night Football on ESPN, 2 on Sunday Night Football on NBC, and the lone Christmas Day game on Fox. In total, we are scheduled to have 11 nationally televised/prime time games! Let’s take a look at the Saints’ road ahead as we try to capture our second Lombardi!
|1||Sep. 13||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||3:25 PM||FOX|
|2||Sep. 21(Mon)||@ Las Vegas Raiders||7:15 PM||ESPN|
|3||Sep. 27||Green Bay Packers||7:20 PM||NBC|
|4||Oct. 4||@ Detroit Lions||12:00 PM||FOX|
The Saints have a great chance to get off to a quick start this year. We cannot afford to start slow like we have in years past. Over the past sevens seasons, the Saints are 2-5 in opening day games. To start off this year, Tom Brady and the Bucs are coming to town in a much anticipated game that will be vital come the end of the season. In week 2, we travel to Las Vegas to face the Raiders in the first ever game in their new stadium on Monday Night Football. For week 3, the Packers and Aaron Rodgers are coming to town for a prime-time match up on Sunday Night Football. Finally, to close out the first quarter of the season, we head to Detroit to take on the Lions with a Noon kickoff on Fox.
|5||Oct. 12(Mon)||Los Angeles Chargers||7:15 PM||ESPN|
|7||Oct. 25||Carolina Panthers||12 PM||FOX|
|8||Nov. 1||@ Chicago Bears||3:25||FOX|
The Saints face a favorable stretch heading into the second quarter. In week 5, the LA Chargers are coming to The Dome for a Monday Night Football match up. The Saints will be off during week 6. The bye week comes a little earlier than most would like this year, but it will still serve as a much needed week of rest and recuperation as the team will be looking to hopefully rest up and continue rolling on a Super Bowl run. In week 7, the Saints are back in action against Teddy Bridgewater and the Carolina Panthers in The Dome. That game has a 12 PM kickoff on FOX. To close out the second quarter of the season, the Saints travel to Solider Field to take on the Bears in a nationally televised game on FOX.
|9||Nov. 8||@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers||7:20 PM||NBC|
|10||Nov. 15||San Francisco 49ers||3:25 PM||FOX|
|11||Nov. 22||Atlanta Falcons||12 PM||FOX|
|12||Nov. 1||@ Denver Broncos||3:05||FOX|
It is crucial that the Saints do not drop any easy games during the first half of the season because the second half is when the schedule really kicks up. In week 9, the black and gold will travel to Tampa to take on the Buccaneers in the rematch of week 1. That game is followed by a date with the 49ers in The Dome. If the Saints and 49ers are both contenders, like most expect them to be, this game will be huge for playoff seeding.
Week 11 sees the Dirty Birds coming to The Dome in our first match up with them. Finally, to close out the third quarter of our season, we travel to Denver to take on the Broncos in what will be the first of a three game road trip.
|13||Dec. 6||@ Atlanta Falcons||12 PM||FOX|
|14||Dec. 13||@ Philadelphia Eagles||3:25 PM||FOX|
|15||Dec. 20||Kansas City Chiefs||3:25 PM||CBS|
|16||Dec. 25 (Fri)||Minnesota Vikings||3:30 PM||FOX/NFLN/Amazon|
|17||Jan. 3||@ Carolina Panthers||12 PM||FOX|
The last quarter of the season is without a doubt the hardest. In week 13, we head to Atlanta to take on the Dirty birds in our second matchup against them in three weeks and second consecutive game on the road. In week 14, we head to Philly to take on the Eagles, who should be neck and neck with Dallas for first place in the NFC East. This will be the final game of a rare three game road trip. At last, we get to head back home. However, the defending champion, Kansas City Chiefs and Patrick Mahomes will be waiting for us.
After, hopefully, taking care of them, we look for revenge on the Minnesota Vikings who travel to The Dome on a rare short week Christmas Day match up. This will be the first Christmas Day game in the NFL since 2017 and the only one this year. Finally, the Saints will finish the regular season in Carolina against the Panthers.
It is going to be another great season for our guys as our roster has been reloaded and poised for another Super Bowl run! Hold it.