The New Orleans Saints have won three straight NFC South titles, but no team has seen its last three seasons end more heart breakingly.
The Saints’ 2019 campaign ended in a 26-20 overtime wild-card loss to the visiting Minnesota Vikings marking the third year in a row New Orleans’ season ended on the last possession.
New Orleans saw 2018 end with a controversial non-call on blatant pass interference by the Los Angeles Rams in the 2019 NFC Championship Game. The Rams prevailed 26-23 in overtime. The Saints’ 2017 campaign ended when the Vikings executed the “Minneapolis Miracle” as time expired in regulation to oust New Orleans 29-24 in the divisional round.
Before the Saints can reverse their recent postseason misfortunes, they will navigate what John Breech ranked as the league’s 24th-toughest schedule with opponents sporting a combined 2019 record of 125-130-1.
Below is the Saints’ full 2020 schedule, as well as a deeper look at the roster and key match-ups.
New Orleans Saints Schedule
Week 1 (Aug. 13-17): vs Los Angeles Rams, TBD
Week 2 (Aug. 23): vs Pittsburgh Steelers, 7 p.m., FOX
Week 3 (Aug. 27-30): vs Houston Texans, TBD
Week 4 (Sep. 3-4): vs Miami Dolphins, TBD
Regular Season Schedule
|1||Sept. 13||vs Buccaneers||4:25 p.m.||FOX|
|2||Sept. 21||vs Raiders||8:15 p.m.||ESPN|
|3||Sept. 27||vs Packers||8:20 p.m.||NBC|
|4||Oct. 4||vs Lions||1 p.m.||FOX|
|5||Oct. 12||vs Chargers||8:15 p.m.||ESPN|
|7||Oct. 25||vs Panthers||1 p.m.||FOX|
|8||Nov. 1||vs Bears||4:25 p.m.||FOX|
|9||Nov. 8||vs Buccaneers||8:20 p.m.||NBC|
|10||Nov. 15||vs 49ers||4:25 p.m.||FOX|
|11||Nov. 22||vs Falcons||1 p.m.||FOX|
|12||Nov. 29||vs Broncos||4:05 p.m.||FOX|
|13||Dec. 6||vs Falcons||1 p.m.||FOX|
|14||Dec. 13||vs Eagles||4:25 p.m.||FOX|
|15||Dec. 20||vs Chiefs||4:25 p.m.||CBS|
|16||Dec. 25||vs Vikings||4:30 p.m.||FOX|
|17||Jan. 3||vs Panthers||1 p.m.||FOX|
Saints strength of schedule
Based on opponents’ win percentage from last season, the Saints’ 2020 schedule is relatively easy. New Orleans’ 2020 opponents went 125-130-1 with a .490 collective win percentage last season, which places the Saints at No. 24 in strength of schedule rankings.
Even though New Orleans won its division last year and draws a first-place schedule for 2020, it has the easiest schedule of all four NFC South teams.
Again, though, these strength of schedule rankings don’t account for off-season changes made league-wide in free agency and the 2020 NFL Draft. Some of the Saints’ opponents — like the Buccaneers, Chargers, Broncos and Eagles, for example have strong chances to improve their records in 2020.
Everybody has been looking forward to watching Brees square off with Tom Brady twice in 2020 since Brady departed New England for a two-year contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in March. The two teams will meet in Weeks 1 and 9.
The Bucs last beat New Orleans in Week 1 of 2018.
Brady and Brees last played in 2017. The Patriots won 36-20.
Outside of the NFC South, Brees has marquee quarterback matchups with two-time NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers and Super Bowl LIV MVP Patrick Mahomes.
The Saints also have a rematch with the Vikings, who are responsible for ending their 2017 and ’19 seasons.
Record prediction : 10-6