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New Orleans Saints 2018 opponents finalized

Posted Dec 31, 2017

Saints will play AFC North, NFC East

The New Orleans Saints won the NFC South title Sunday and finalized their 2018 opponents. The NFC South is matched up against the NFC East and the AFC North next season.

Saints home opponents in 2018:

Atlanta

Carolina

Tampa Bay

Philadelphia 

Washington

Cleveland

Pittsburgh

Los Angeles Rams

Saints road opponents in 2018

Atlanta

Carolina

Tampa Bay

Dallas

New York Giants

Baltimore

Cincinnati

Minnesota

The scheduling formula implemented in 2002 with realignment guarantees that all teams play each other on a regular, rotating basis.

Under the formula, every team within a division plays 16 games as follows:

Home and away against its three division opponents (six games).

The four teams from another division within its conference on a rotating three-year cycle (four games).

The four teams from a division in the other conference on a rotating four-year cycle (four games).

Two intraconference games based on the prior year's standings (2 games). These games match a first-place team against the first-place teams in the two same-conference divisions the team is not scheduled to play that season. The second-place, third-place, and fourth-place teams in a conference are matched in the same way each year.