The New Orleans Saints today learned their opponents for the 2010 preseason.
The defending Super Bowl Champions will begin play by traveling to Foxborough, Mass. to face the New England Patriots in preseason week one (games played between August 12th and 16th). The contest will be a re-match of the Saints' 38-17 regular season over the Patriots on Monday Night Football in 2009, a game which was played at the Superdome. The game will be the Saints' first foray into Foxborough since August 18, 2005.
Week two (games played between August 19th and 23rd) will see the Saints return home to the Louisiana Superdome to host the Houston Texans. The Saints and Texans have played each other the past two seasons and have also held joint practice sessions together in both years, although no announcement has been made as to whether that newfound tradition will continue this preseason.
In preseason week three, the Saints will host a nationally televised game (CBS) against the San Diego Chargers on Friday evening, August 27th. The game will pit Drew Brees against his former team and will be a re-match of the 2008 NFL International Series contest in which the Saints won a thrilling contest against the Chargers in London's Wembley Stadium, 37-32. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. CT.
The Saints will conclude their preseason schedule (September 2nd or 3rd) by traveling to Nashville to take on the Tennessee Titans. The two teams last met in the preseason in 2006, Sean Payton's first season and first game as a head coach, with the Titans garnering the victory, 19-16.
Finalized dates and times for the three games (preseason games 1, 2 and 4) will be announced at NewOrleansSaints.com at a future date, as well as the team's complete 2010 preseason schedule.