The New Orleans Saints Schedule for the 2020 season has finally been released.
The Saints will have a plethora of quality opponents this year and the nation will get to see it. They will play five teams who made the playoffs last year. In addition, they are slotted five prime time games. Overall, the schedule is pretty balanced as far as competition goes. But the question is how do we really feel about it?
The Black and Gold start the year off against a familiar, yet unfamiliar, foe at home in the Buccaneers. This is the matchup the media has been looking forward to now that Tom Brady is in Tampa. Opening week is usually a struggle for the Saints the last several years but this time there is a lot on the line. Brees vs. Brady. Winston against his former team. The media darlings against the hated by the media. Expectations should be high for both teams.
For Week 2, the first road game takes the Saints to Las Vegas to play the Raiders on Monday Night Football. We can expect the Who Dat Nation to be in full effect for that game, should fans be in the stands. In Week 3, the Packers come to town for a Sunday Night Football bout. Another headline battle between Brees and Rodgers. For Week 4, the team travels to Detroit to face a Lions team who can put up a fight and has made some considerable improvements on defense and a coach in a potential hot seat situation. Week 5, yet another primetime game, the Chargers come to the Dome for a Monday Night fight. It is incredible tosee New Orleans host three of the first five games under the lights. Week 6 is the bye week.
Week 7 has the Saints back in the Dome against a familiar face in Teddy Bridgewater and the Panthers. It will definitely be a bittersweet moment for the Who Dat Nation. Week 8 we travel to Chicago to face the Bears and in Week 9 go to Tampa for a Sunday Night game for Brees vs. Brady part two. That is also the Saints’ fourth primetime game.
Week 10 is a game to circle on your calendar as the 49ers come back to New Orleans. Last year’s game was a straight shootout that came down to the wire and we can expect more of the same this year.
Falcons hate week will begin in Week 11 as they come to town. After that, it will be a tough road stretch late in the season. Week 12 the Saints travel to Denver to play the Broncos. Week 13 has them traveling to Atlanta. Week 14 takes them to Philadelphia to face an Eagles team who barely won the division last year. We could potentially see two cold weather games because you know how the media loves talking about dome teams playing outdoors.
The final three games will have the potential for major implications The defending champion Chiefs come to NOLA in Week 15. A Brees vs Mahomas bout that may be flexed to a Sunday Night game. This next one is a head scratcher for a lot of reasons. The Saints will play on Christmas day which is on a Friday against the Vikings who are becoming a new rival. Redemption is on the menu, simple as that, especially on a short week. They finish the season off against the Panthers in what could be a must win now that the playoff format has been altered and only the top team in each conference gets the first-round bye.
Overall, this schedule may look difficult at first. However, the Saints just need to take it week by week and do their job. They have the chance to finish 11-5 at the least with 13-3 being the max. The number one seed will be more highly coveted than ever before. So what say you, Who Dat Nation? Do you love it or do you hate it?