The release of the NFL schedule gets drawn out all day, and the reality is that teams get access to things usually the day before. This year, the league did things a little different and had the entire Week 1 schedule announced on Wednesday morning through various outlets. It has the Saints facing off against the Packers on Sunday afternoon in FOX's Game of the Week.
We've put together a schedule tracker, so follow along here for updates throughout the day. The entire schedule was leaked prior to lunch. It is actually legitimate.
2021 New Orleans Saints Schedule Tracker
- Week 1 (Sep. 12): vs. Green Bay Packers, 3:25 p.m., FOX | story
Aaron Rodgers vs. Jameis Winston? Or will it be Jordan Love? Or will it be some mystery quarterback for the Packers? Let's hope this game has a packed out Superdome in attendance.
- Week 2 (Sep. 19): at Carolina Panthers, 12 p.m., FOX
- Week 3 (Sep. 26): at New England Patriots, 12 p.m., FOX
- Week 4 (Oct. 3): vs. New York Giants, 12 p.m., FOX
- Week 5 (Oct. 10): at Washington Football Team, 12 p.m., CBS
- Week 6 (Oct. 17): Bye Week | source
- Week 7 (Oct. 25): at Seattle Seahawks, 7:15 p.m., ESPN (Monday Night Football)
- Week 8 (Oct. 31): vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 3:25 p.m., FOX | source
Jameis Winston facing off against Tom Brady in the Superdome for Halloween sounds like a wild ride. Expect a ton of pirate costumes.
- Week 9 (Nov. 7): vs. Atlanta Falcons, 12 p.m., FOX
- Week 10 (Nov. 14): at Tennessee Titans, 12 p.m., CBS
- Week 11 (Nov. 21): at Philadelphia Eagles, 12 p.m., FOX
- Week 12 (Nov. 25): vs. Buffalo Bills (Thanksgiving), 7:20 p.m., NBC | story
The NFL isn't scared to put the Saints in the Thanksgiving spotlight, and it's a familiar spot for them to be in after a year hiatus. They're 3-0 (2019, 2018, 2010) on Turkey Day, and the Bills are a formidable opponent to host. Bills Mafia will be lit.
- Week 13 (Dec. 2): vs. Dallas Cowboys, 7:20 p.m., FOX/NFLN/Amazon (Thursday Night Football)
This is reminiscent of the 2018 schedule, but this time Dallas will come to town. Expect madness in the Superdome, regardless of what the records are.
- Week 14 (Dec. 12): at New York Jets, 12 p.m., FOX
- Week 15 (Dec. 19): at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 7:20 p.m., NBC (Sunday Night Football)
- Week 16 (Dec. 27): vs. Miami Dolphins, 7:15 p.m., ESPN (Monday Night Football)
- Week 17 (Jan. 2): vs. Carolina Panthers, 12 p.m., FOX
- Week 18 (Jan. 9): at Atlanta Falcons, 12 p.m., FOX
The full schedule is expected to drop as early as 6:45 PM CT. As reminder, the full list of opponents for the Saints look like this:
- Home: Falcons, Panthers, Buccaneers, Packers, Cowboys, Giants, Bills, Dolphins
- Away: Falcons, Panthers, Buccaneers, Seahawks, Redskins, Eagles, Patriots, Jets, Titans
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