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A look at the Saints' 2017 Opponents and Dates

Posted Apr 20, 2017

We're breaking down the Saints 2017 schedule and some series notes on our upcoming opponents

at Minnesota Vikings (September 11):
Minnesota has an 18-10 edge in the regular season series and 2-1 in the postseason, but New Orleans has won the last four meetings between the Saints and Vikings, starting with a 31-28 win in the NFC Championship game on January 24, 2010…It will be the fourth time the Saints have opened their season against the Vikings, winning two of the first three, the last being a 14-9 victory in the 2010 NFL season opener at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on will be New Orleans’ first visit to U.S. Bank Stadium, which opened in 2016…The contest will be the sixth time New Orleans has opened the season on prime time and the first since a 42-34 loss at Green Bay in 2011…It will be only the second time, the Saints have opened their season on Monday Night Football, the first a 13-12 loss to San Francisco in 1990 in the Superdome…The 2017 opener will be the 13th consecutive season the Saints are featured on Monday Night Football…U.S. Bank Stadium will be the first of three facilities that New Orleans will play at in 2017 where they are yet to play a contest under Head Coach Sean Payton’s leadership (U.S. Bank Stadium, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium)….New Orleans has a 3-11 road record at Minnesota, but captured the last one, a 42-20 win on December 18, 2011.

vs. New England Patriots (September 17):
New Orleans’ home opener will feature two of the NFL’s most prolific quarterbacks in Drew Brees and Tom Brady…The two of them have combined for 127,693 career passing yards and 921 touchdown passes in their storied NFL careers…The Patriots lead the all-time series 9-4 and most recently got the best of the Saints in a contest between the two gunslingers at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. when they defeated New Orleans 30-27 on October 13, 2013, when Brady tossed a game-winning touchdown pass with five seconds left after Brees had given New Orleans their first lead of the game with a touchdown toss of his own with 3:29 left….New Orleans’ 38-17 win over New England on Monday, November 30, 2009 to improve the Saints to 11-0 was their first home win over the Patriots in five tries…When facing a defending Super Bowl champion, the Saints have posted a 7-20 all-time record, 2-10 at home…2017 is the second consecutive season that the Saints will play host to the two Super Bowl teams from the previous year.

Carolina Panthers (at September 24, vs. December 5):
The Panthers lead the series 24-20 with the two clubs splitting the season series for the third time in four seasons in 2016….The Saints are 10-12 all-time both home and away against the Panthers…In 2016, both contests were decided by three points, a 41-38 Saints win at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on October 26 and a 23-20 Panthers win at Bank of America Stadium on November 17…The last four meetings between the Saints and Panthers have been decided by five points or less…The contests will also mark the opportunity for two of New Orleans’ top 2017 free agent pickups, WR Ted Ginn Jr. and LB A.J. Klein to play against their former club.

at Miami Dolphins (October 1-Wembley Stadium):
Although the Dolphins lead the all-time series 6-5, the Saints have won the last two meetings, including a 38-17 victory at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Monday, September 30, 2013…The Saints are 1-3 in road games in the series…This will be the second time that the Saints have played in London, having defeated the San Diego Chargers 37-32 on Oct. 26, 2008 in a home game for New Orleans…Dolphins Head Coach Adam Gase will be one of four head coaches Payton will face for the first time in 2016 (the other three are Buffalo’s Sean McDermott, the Los Angeles Rams’ Sean McVay and the New York Jets’ Todd Bowles).

vs. Detroit Lions (October 15):
The Saints will be seeking to break a three-game losing streak against the Lions in what will be the fourth consecutive season that New Orleans and Detroit face off...Detroit owns a 12-11-1 advantage in the series…The Saints have an 8-5 regular season home record against the Lions and also defeated Detroit 45-28 in the NFC Wild Card Playoff on January 7, 2012.

at Green Bay Packers (October 22):
Green Bay owns a 16-8 advantage in the series, but the Saints have won three of four meetings since Sean Payton became head coach in 2006…New Orleans has a 2-10 road record against Green Bay, but only the last five games have been played at Lambeau Field, with the first seven at the Packers played at Milwaukee County Stadium…The last time the clubs met was October 26, 2014 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in a 44-23 Saints win where Brees passed for 311 yards and RB Mark Ingram rushed for 172 yards…The last meeting of the two teams at Lambeau Field occurred on September 30, 2012 with the Packers edging the Saints 28-27.

vs. Chicago Bears (October 29):
The Saints will face the Bears for the 28th time in the regular season, with New Orleans leading the series 14-13…The Saints have won the last three meetings, as well as the last four contests played in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome dating back to 1992…They have a 6-5 record at home against the Bears, 5-2 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome…Payton is a native of Naperville, Ill. and played quarterback for the Bears in 1987…Bears General Manager Ryan Pace worked for the Saints in several capacities from 2001-15, including serving as the club’s director of player personnel his last three seasons.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (vs. November 5, at December 31):
New Orleans holds a 31-19 edge in the all-time series against the Buccaneers, the club’s best winning percentage (.620) versus an NFL opponent that they have played more than six times…New Orleans is 17-11 all-time at home against Tampa Bay…The Saints are 14-8 all-time in games played at Tampa Bay…In 2016, the Saints and Buccaneers split the season series for the second consecutive season with each club winning their home contest…New Orleans will end their regular season on the road for the fourth consecutive campaign.

at Buffalo Bills (November 12):
The Saints lead the all-time series 6-4, holding a four-game winning streak against the Bills…New Orleans has posted a 3-1 mark in contests played at Buffalo, winning the last three, including a 27-7 victory on September 27, 2009.

vs. Washington Redskins (November 19):
The Redskins hold a 17-8 edge in the all-time series and Washington has captured the last two meetings…The Saints will be looking for their first win against the Redskins in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome since a 20-3 victory on November 23, 1992, holding a 3-9 all-time home record against Washington.

at Los Angeles Rams (November 26):
The Rams lead the series 40-32, but New Orleans snapped a two-game losing streak in the series with a 49-21 win at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on November 27, 2016…In that contest, Brees tossed for 310 yards and four touchdowns and Ingram rushed for 146 yards and one touchdown on only 10 carries…This will be the first time that the Saints have played the Rams in the Los Angeles area since a 31-15 win at Anaheim Stadium on December 4, 1994…It will be the first time they have played them at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum since a 29-14 Saints victory on September 16, 1979….New Orleans has a 16-21 record when playing at the Rams.

Atlanta Falcons (at December 7, vs. December 24):
The matchups promise to provide plenty of offensive fireworks as the Saints and Falcons ranked first and second respectively in the NFL in net yards per game in 2016…It will be the 11th season in 13 years that the Saints and Falcons will play on prime time after the two clubs did so only three times between 1967-2004…Atlanta holds a 50-45 regular-season advantage in the all-time series against the Saints, although New Orleans has won 15 of 22 meetings since 2006…The Saints have played the Falcons 95 times in the regular season, more than any other opponent…The Saints are 23-24 all-time against the Falcons at home….New Orleans is 22-26 all-time in games played at Atlanta.

vs. New York Jets (December 17):
The series between the Saints and the Jets is tied 6-6 with New York having won the last meeting at MetLife Stadium on November 3, 2013, 26-20…New Orleans is 2-3 all-time against the Jets at home, including a 24-10 victory on October 4, 2009.