Here are Associated Press photos of the quarterbacks the New Orleans Saints could face in the 2016 regular season.
vs. Oakland Raiders, Sept. 11
2015 record: 7-9, third in AFC West
Coach: Jack Del Rio (76-82 career record)
Quarterback: Derek Carr, 2015 regular season: 3,987 passing yards, 32 TDS
NOTES:The Saints lead the all-time season series 6-5-1 against the Raiders…New Orleans has won the last three matchups…The Saints beat the Raiders 38-17 at Oakland on Nov. 18, 2012…New Orleans will open at home for the first time since 2013, also the last time it won its season opener…Saints defensive coordinator Dennis Allen served as head coach of the Raiders from 2012-2014…Raiders Coach Jack Del Rio played linebacker for New Orleans from 1985-86 and also served on their coaching staff from 1997-98.
at New York Giants, Sept. 18
2015 record: 6-10, third in NFC East
Coach: Ben McAdoo
Quarterback:Eli Manning, 2015 regular season: 4,432 passing yards, 35 TDs
NOTES:The Saints will face the Giants for the 29th time, with New York leading the series 15-13…The Saints have won four of the last five meetings between the clubs…Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. and QB Eli Manning, the son of former Saints QB Archie Manning, both played at Newman School…In 2015 the Saints beat the Giants 52-49 on a game-winning field goal in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Nov. 1, 2015, with QB Drew Brees tying an NFL record with seven touchdown passes…New Orleans will be looking for its first win in MetLife Stadium in its second try in only the team's third visit to the Giants since 2006.
Atlanta Falcons, Sept. 26, Jan. 1
2015 record:8-8, second in NFC South
Coach:Dan Quinn (8-8 career record)
Quarterback: Matt Ryan, 2015 regular season: 4,591 passing yards, 21 TDs
NOTES:Atlanta holds a 48-45 regular-season advantage in the all-time series against the Saints, although New Orleans has won 15 of 20 meetings since 2006…The Saints have played the Falcons 93 times, more than any other opponent…The Saints beat the Falcons on "Thursday Night Football" 31-21 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Thursday Oct. 15, 2015…The Sept. 26 "Monday Night Football" contest will be the 10th time since 2005 that the Saints and Falcons have matched up in prime time…In the 2015 season finale, the Saints swept the season series with a 20-17 victory in the Georgia Dome on Jan. 3, 2016…It will mark the second consecutive year that the Saints close out their regular season in Atlanta.
at San Diego Chargers, Oct. 2
2015 record: 4-12, fourth in AFC West
Coach: Mike McCoy (22-26 career record)
Quarterback: Philip Rivers, 2015 regular season: 4,792 passing yards, 29 TDS
NOTES:San Diego leads the all-time series 7-4, but the Saints have won three of the last four games against the Chargers…The last matchup was a Saints 31-24 victory at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Oct. 7, 2012, when QB Drew Brees set the NFL record for consecutive regular season contests with at least one touchdown pass (48)…It will be the first time Brees comes back to play at San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium since he suited up for the Chargers from 2001-2005.
Carolina Panthers, Oct. 16, Nov. 17
2015 record: 15-1, first in NFC South
Coach: Ron Rivera (49–34–1 record)
Quarterback:Cam Newton, 2015 regular season: 3,837 passing yards, 35 TDs
NOTES:The Panthers lead the series 23-19 with Carolina sweeping the season series in 2015…In the 2013 and 2014 seasons the teams split the season series. The 2016 season will be the first time that the Saints have played both the reigning Super Bowl champion and Super Bowl finalist since 2007 (Indianapolis and Chicago) and the fifth time overall.
at Kansas City Chiefs, Oct. 23
2015 record: 11-5, second in AFC West
Coach: Andy Reid (161-110 career record)
Quarterback: Alex Smith, 2015 regular season: 3,486 passing yards, 20 TDs
NOTES:The Saints and Chiefs all-time series is tied at 5-5…The Saints have won two of the last three matchups with the Chiefs…The last contest between the two clubs was a 27-24 Chiefs victory at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Sept. 23, 2012…The last Saints victory was a 30-20 victory at Arrowhead Stadium on Nov. 16, 2008.
vs. Seattle Seahawks, Oct. 30
2015 record: 10-6, second in NFC West
Coach: Pete Carroll (93-67 career record)
Quarterback: Russell Wilson, 2015 regular season: 4,024 passing yards, 34 TDS
NOTES: The regular season series between the clubs is tied 6-6, with Seattle capturing both postseason matchups…The Seahawks have won the previous three games, two in the playoffs…The Saints' last win over the Seahawks was a 34-19 victory in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Nov. 21, 2010.
at San Francisco 49ers, Nov. 6
2015 record: 5-11, fourth in NFC West
Coach: Chip Kelly (27-22 record)
Quarterback:Colin Kaepernick, 2015 regular season: 1,615 passing yards, 6 TDs
NOTES:San Francisco leads the all-time regular season series 47-25-2…This will be New Orleans' first trip to Levi's Stadium…The Saints and 49ers have split the last two matchups… In 2014 the 49ers won 27-24 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Nov. 9, 2014… The Saints and the 49ers were foes in the old NFC West from 1970-2001.
vs. Denver Broncos, Nov. 13
2015 record: 12-4, first in AFC West, Super Bowl champions
Coach: Gary Kubiak (73-68 career record)
NOTES:The Broncos lead the all-time series 8-2…In the last meeting the Broncos beat the Saints 34-14 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Oct. 28, 2012…The Saints have lost the last four matchups with the Broncos…New Orleans will be seeking its first win at home against the Broncos since a 42-0 victory on Nov. 20, 1988…New Orleans has not beaten the Broncos since 1994, the longest current stretch the Saints have gone without winning a game against an opponent (30-28 win on Dec. 24, 1994 at Mile High Stadium).
vs. Los Angeles Rams, Nov. 27
2015 record: 7-9, third in NFC West
Coach: Jeff Fisher (169-156 career record)
Quarterback: Nick Foles, 2015 regular season: 2,052 passing yards, 7 TDS
NOTES:The Rams hold a 40-31 regular season advantage in the all-time series…This will be the first meeting the Saints played the Rams based in Los Angeles since they won 31-15 on Dec. 4, 1994 in Anaheim Stadium. The Saints first-ever regular season game was against Los Angeles with the Rams winning 27-13 in Tulane Stadium on Sept. 17, 1967…The Saints and the Rams were foes in the old NFC West from 1970-2001.
vs. Detroit Lions, Dec. 4
2015 record: 7-9, third in NFC North
Coach: Jim Caldwell (44-36 career record)
Quarterback: Matthew Stafford, 2015 regular season: 4,262 passing yards, 32 TDS
NOTES:The Saints and Lions all-time series is tied at 11-11-1 with Detroit winning the last meeting 35-27 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Dec. 21, 2015… Prior to the 2015 meeting the Saints defeated the Lions three consecutive times in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, including an NFC wild card victory in 2011.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Dec. 11, Dec. 24
2015 record:6-10, fourth in NFC South
Quarterback:Jameis Winston, 2015 regular season: 4,042 passing yards, 22 TDs
NOTES:New Orleans holds a 30-18 edge in the all-time series against the Buccaneers, the club's best winning percentage (.625) versus an NFL opponent that they have played more than six times…In 2015, New Orleans lost the first matchup of the season to the Buccaneers 26-19 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Sept. 20, breaking a seven-game winning streak against Tampa Bay… In the second meeting New Orleans won 24-17 in Raymond James Stadium on Dec. 13, to extend its winning streak in Tampa Bay to four games.
at Arizona Cardinals, Dec. 18
2015 record: 13-3, first in NFC West
Coach: Bruce Arians (43-17 record)
Quarterback: Carson Palmer, 2015 regular season: 4,671 passing yards, 35 TDs
NOTES: The Cardinals hold a 15-13 edge in the all-time regular season series…The Saints were on the losing end of the last meeting, falling 31-19 in University of Phoenix Stadium in the 2015 season opener…New Orleans will be looking for its first regular season win against the Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium in its third try and the team's first victory at the Cardinals overall since an Oct. 29, 2000 21-10 win at Sun Devil Stadium.