2016 REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE
(All times CENTRAL)
Date Opponent Kickoff TV
Sept. 11 OAKLAND RAIDERS Noon FOX
Sept. 18 at New York Giants Noon FOX
Sept. 26 ATLANTA FALCONS (Monday) 7:30 p.m. ESPN
Oct. 2 at San Diego Chargers 3:25 p.m. FOX
Oct. 9 BYE
Oct. 16 CAROLINA PANTHERS Noon FOX
Oct. 23 at Kansas City Chiefs Noon FOX
Oct. 30 SEATTLE SEAHAWKS Noon FOX
Nov. 6 at San Francisco 49ers 3:05 p.m. FOX
Nov. 13 DENVER BRONCOS Noon CBS
Nov. 17 at Carolina Panthers (Thursday) 7:25 p.m. NBC/NFLN/Twitter
Nov. 27 LOS ANGELES RAMS Noon FOX
Dec. 4 DETROIT LIONS Noon FOX
Dec. 11 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Noon FOX
Dec. 18 at Arizona Cardinals 3:05 p.m. FOX
Dec. 25 TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS Noon FOX
Jan. 1 at Atlanta Falcons Noon FOX
A look at the Saints’ 2016 opponents, and dates:
vs. Oakland Raiders (Sept. 11): 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 November 18, 2012…New Orleans will open at home for the first time since 2013, also the last time they won their season opener…Saints defensive coordinator Dennis Allen served as head coach of the Raiders from 2012-2014…Raiders Head 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): 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 High 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 their first win in MetLife Stadium in their second try in only their third visit to the Giants since 2006.
Atlanta Falcons (vs. Sept. 26, at Jan. 1, 2017): 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 tenth 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): 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 (vs. Oct. 16, at Nov. 17): The Panthers lead the series 23-19 with Carolina sweeping the season series in 2015…In the 2013 and 2014 seasons both 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): 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): 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): 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): The Broncos lead the all-time series 8-2 vs the Saints…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 their 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): 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): The Saints and Lions all-time series is tied at 11-11-1 with the 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 Playoff victory in 2011.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (at Dec. 11, vs. Dec. 24): 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 their winning streak in Tampa Bay to four games.
at Arizona Cardinals (Dec. 18): 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, losing 31-19 at University of Phoenix Stadium in the 2015 season opener…New Orleans will be looking for their first regular season win against the Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium in their third try and their first victory at the Cardinals overall since an Oct. 29, 2000 21-10 win at Sun Devil Stadium.