The NFL announced the 2015 regular season schedule Tuesday and the New Orleans Saints will be featured in at least three prime time nationally-televised games during the regular season, all of them at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints will also open on the road for the second consecutive season, when they play the Arizona Cardinals on Sept. 13 (3:05 CT) at University of Phoenix Stadium.
The Saints will make their prime time debut in 2015 on NBC's Sunday Night Football when they host the Dallas Cowboys on Oct. 4 (7:30 p.m. CT). The Saints' slot on the NFL's Thursday night package, broadcast by CBS and the NFL Network will take place when they host a Thursday night contest for the first time since the 2010 league opener, as they play the Atlanta Falcons on October 15 (7:25 p.m. CT). New Orleans' final prime time contest will take place when they host Detroit on Monday Night Football on Dec. 21 (7:30 p.m. CT).
Six of the Saints' 16 games will be against teams that finished with a winning percentage of .500 or better in 2014, with games against five playoff opponents – Arizona, Carolina, Dallas, Detroit and Indianapolis. New Orleans will play each of their NFC South rivals twice and will play one game each against each of the NFC East and AFC South teams.
The Saints will open the season with two of their first three games on the road. After kicking off the regular season at the Cardinals, they will then open up their NFC South slate when they host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sept. 20 (noon, CT). New Orleans will then travel to Bank of America Stadium to face the Carolina Panthers on Sept. 27 (noon, CT) to close out the month of September.
After hosting the Cowboys on Oct. 4, The Saints will then travel to Lincoln Financial Field to face the Philadelphia Eagles on Oct. 11 (noon, CT), followed by a short week for the Thursday night game against Atlanta. New Orleans will close out their October slate on Oct. 25 (noon, CT), when they play their first AFC South opponent of the season, the Indianapolis Colts, at Lucas Oil Stadium.
To open November, a month where the Saints have posted an 18-6 mark since 2009, New Orleans will host the New York Giants at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Nov. 1 (noon, CT). New Orleans then hosts the Tennessee Titans on Nov. 8, followed by a road matchup at the Washington Redskins (noon, CT) on Nov. 15. The Saints will then enjoy a week 11 bye. The only other time since the NFL instituted its bye system in 1990 that the Saints had a week 11 bye was in 2011. New Orleans will then travel to NRG Stadium to play the Houston Texans on Nov. 29 (noon, CT).
In the final five weeks of the season, New Orleans will play each of their three NFC South rivals once, starting when they host the Panthers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Dec. 6 (noon, CT), followed by a road contest at Raymond James Stadium on Dec. 13 to face the Buccaneers (noon, CT). The Saints will host the Detroit Lions on Monday Night Football on Dec. 21 (7:30 p.m. CT) followed by a home contest on Dec. 27 vs. Jacksonville (noon, CT). The regular season finale will take place at the Georgia Dome on Jan. 3 (noon, CT), when New Orleans plays Atlanta.
New Orleans Saints 2015 Schedule
|Thu, Aug. 13||at Ravens||6:30 pm||FOX-8/Raycom|
|Sat, Aug. 22||vs Patriots||6:30 pm||FOX-8/Raycom|
|Sun, Aug. 30||vs Texans||3:00 pm||FOX|
|Thu, Sept. 3||at Packers||6:00 pm||FOX-8/Raycom|
|Sun, Sept. 13||at Cardinals||3:05 pm||FOX|
|Sun, Sept. 20||vs Buccaneers||Noon||FOX|
|Sun, Sept. 27||at Panthers||Noon||FOX|
|Sun, Oct. 4||vs Cowboys||7:30 pm||NBC|
|Sun, Oct. 11||at Eagles||Noon||FOX|
|Thur, Oct. 15||vs Falcons||7:25 pm||CBS/NFL Network|
|Sun, Oct. 25||at Colts||Noon||FOX|
|Sun, Nov. 1||vs Giants||Noon||FOX|
|Sun. Nov. 8||vs Titans||Noon||CBS|
|Sun. Nov. 15||at Redskins||Noon||FOX|
|Sun, Nov. 29||at Texans||Noon||FOX|
|Sun, Dec. 6||vs Panthers||Noon||FOX|
|Sun, Dec. 13||at Buccaneers||Noon||FOX|
|Mon, Dec. 21||vs Lions||7:30 pm||ESPN|
|Sun, Dec. 27||vs Jaguars||Noon||CBS|
|Sun, Jan. 3||at Falcons||Noon||FOX|
Photos of Keenan Lewis from the 2014 season. Photos by Michael C. Hebert. (New Orleans Saints photos)