NFL New Orleans Saints Calendar Analysis
The New Orleans Saints have dominated the NFC South the past three seasons. Let’s take a look at their NFL odds and 2020 schedule, which is the 24th toughest schedule according to last year’s records, and see if they’ll be able to dominate the division again this season.
NFL New Orleans Saints Calendar Analysis
The New Orleans Saints had Super Bowl aspirations last season. Unfortunately, the Minnesota Vikings came into the SuperDome and stunned the Saints in the divisional round of the NFC playoffs. The Saints are looking to make a longer playoff run this season. With this possibly being Drew Brees’s last season, the Saints know that they need to go far this season.
Week 1 vs. Tampa Bay
The two teams that are predicted to finish atop the NFC South meet in Week 1. Tom Brady will make his Tampa Bay debut in the SuperDome. There should be a lot of offense in this one.
Week 2 vs. Las Vegas Raiders
The Las Vegas Raiders come to New Orleans for a Monday Night Football clash. The Raiders are looking to get to the playoffs this season, and this would be a huge victory to get them going early in the season.
Week 3 vs. Green Bay Packers
Another primetime game for New Orleans, and their third home game in a row. The Packers will come to town for Sunday Night Football. Will the Aaron Rodgers vs. Drew Brees matchup be as exciting as predicted?
Week 4 @ Detroit
Detroit will have a youthful secondary. Drew Brees, Alvin Kamara, Michael Thomas and company will look to exploit the inexperienced group.
Week 5 vs. Los Angeles Chargers
Will Tyrod Taylor or Justin Herbert be under center for the Chargers? The Chargers have some explosive playmakers that could give the Saints some issues.
Week 6 – Bye
Week 7 vs. Carolina
The Panthers are predicted to finish at the bottom of the NFC South. Former Saint Teddy Bridgewater will lead the Panthers. The Panthers will rely heavily on Christian McCaffrey.
Week 8 @ Chicago
The Bears defense will give Drew Brees a run for his money. We’re not sure who’ll be leading the Bears offense, but if the Bears can find a running game, they could be dangerous.
Week 9 @ Tampa Bay
This Sunday night game could be a huge game in the divisional race. By this time, Tom Brady will have been able to adapt to his receivers. This should be a good one.
Week 10 vs. San Francisco
Could this be a preview of the NFC Championship game? One of the league’s top offenses against one of the league’s top defenses. The Niners will look to keep Brees off the field with their running attack.
Week 11 vs. Atlanta
The Falcons are looking to rebound from their poor 2019 season. They’ll bring their high powered offense to New Orleans.
Week 12 @ Denver
The Broncos have really been looking to build up their offense to help support their young quarterback, Drew Lock. Any time you have to go to Denver, especially later in the season, it’s going to be tough.
Week 13 @ Atlanta
These two teams will meet for the second time in three weeks. The Atlanta crowd will be ready to stymie the Saints.
Week 14 @ Philadelphia
This will be the New Orleans Saints third road game in a row, and it’s in one of the toughest places in the league. The Eagles should be one of the top teams in the NFC. There could very well be playoff implications riding on this game.
Week 15 vs. Kansas City
The defending Super Bowl champs come to New Orleans. This should be an offensive show. Both teams could be gearing up for a playoff run.
Week 16 vs. Minnesota
This will be a revenge game, as the Saints will look to avenge last season’s home playoff loss to the Vikings.
Week 17 @ Carolina
By this time, the Panthers could very well be playing for a high draft pick, and the Saints could be looking to rest some key players.
What a difference a year makes. A year ago this time, new head coach Bruce Arians was trying to work his magic and turn quarterback Jameis Winston into a star. Fast forward a year, and Winston is gone and the Buccaneers sign the biggest free agent on the market, Tom Brady. Brady convinces Rob Gronkowski out of retirement, and now the Bucs are predicted to be one of the top teams in the NFC and a Super Bowl Contender.