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5 observations on the Saints' 2019 schedule

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By Jeff Duncan | NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

The NFL released the 2019 schedules for all 32 teams on Wednesday. Here are my thoughts on the New Orleans Saints’ upcoming slate:

1. The early schedule is brutal

The Saints will face four playoff teams in the first month of the season. That may have happened before my 20 years covering the team, but it hasn't occurred very often. The combined record of the Texans, Rams, Seahawks and Cowboys from 2018: 44-20, a 68.7 winning percentage. The West Coast road swing to Los Angeles and Seattle in Weeks 2-3 is daunting. The Saints have lost three consecutive games in Seattle and haven’t won there since 2007. The Saints lost in their only recent visit to L.A. and haven’t won there since 1994. Considering the quality of the opponents and location of the games, I think Sean Payton would take a 2-2 start and be happy with it.

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A Rams-Saints Rematch Is Among 2019 N.F.L. Schedule Highlights

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By Benjamin Hoffman |NY Times

It won’t have nearly the same stakes, but the New Orleans Saints, still smarting from an N.F.C. Championship game loss that hinged on a blown pass interference call, will get a shot at revenge against the Los Angeles Rams when the teams face each other in Los Angeles on Sept. 15.

That game, which will undoubtedly be the most anticipated matchup of Week 2 in the N.F.L., was one of 255 matchups announced by the league on Wednesday as it continues to try to turn the unveiling of its schedule into a prime time event.

The N.F.L. had previously announced that the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers would face off in the league’s season opener on Sept. 5. It will be the 197th meeting of the longtime rivals, and the game will serve as the league’s nod to this being its 100th season.

Beyond the Saints-Rams rematch, there are more than a few games that seem worth circling.

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New Orleans Saints open season in prime time against Houston, then face Rams in NFC title game rematch

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John DeShazier | Senior Writer - NewOrleansSaints.com

The New Orleans Saints’ reward for winning the NFC South Division and earning the No. 1 seed in the NFC last season is a brutal, marquee opening month for the 2019 regular season.

But don’t let the top-heavy look deceive; the back half of the schedule is loaded with games that could determine the NFC South champion.

New Orleans, winner of two consecutive NFC South titles and coming off an appearance in the NFC Championship Game – a contest with an ending so controversial that it sparked a change in the NFL’s instant replay system – will face four division winners from 2018 (three in the first four weeks) and play two nationally televised games in September.

Prime time begins immediately for the Saints (13-3 last season), with a Monday night home opener Sept. 9 against AFC South champion Houston in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. That will be followed by consecutive road games against the Los Angeles Rams (a short-week, Sept. 15 engagement against the NFC West champs) and Seahawks (Sept. 22), then a Sunday night home game against the NFC East champion Cowboys (Sept. 29).

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Saints 2019 schedule: Week-by-week breakdown

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By Josh Katzenstein, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

The 2019 NFL schedule is out, so New Orleans Saints fans can begin making plans for the upcoming season.

With the Saints winning the NFC South last year, they will have a tough schedule in 2019 because they’ll have to face the other division winners from the NFC North and NFC East. Additionally, the two divisions of which the Saints face every team, the AFC South and NFC West, both featured two playoff teams last season.

As always, the schedule has what appears to be either difficult or easy stretches, but the parity in the NFL typically changes the schedule expectations early in the year.

Here’s a breakdown of what to look for with each of the Saints’ 16 opponents:

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