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I realize this is premature... but looking ahead to the 2020 season's opponents:
The NFC South teams play every team in the NFC North. For the Saints, they play the Chicago Bears and the Detroit Lions on the road, and the Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers at home.

The NFC South teams also play every team in the AFC West. For the Saints, they play the Denver Broncos and Las Vegas Raiders on the road, and the Los Angeles Chargers and Kansas City Chiefs at home.

That is 8 games. Then the six home and away intra-division games makes 14. The other two games will be against 1 team in the NFC West, and 1 team in the NFC East (each team which finished in the same relative place in their division standings as the Saints in 2019). These are really the only 2 games that are up in the air, so to speak.
 
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We'll be superbowl champs, so we'll likely open the season in the new sin-city sports-book brothel arena.
Doubt it, barring a major scheduling conflict, if we win the Super Bowl this year, we’re opening 2020 by dropping the banner in the Superdome on Thursday night. The opponent would likely depend on how this season goes or the Falcons.
 
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why does it feel like we NEVER play chicago at home.
They just came here in 2017, that's why we have to go there in 2020. No matter what happens in 2021 or 2022, they'll have to come back to New Orleans in 2023.

They have to come here regardless at least once every 6 years, what happens in those other 4 years (excluding the year we have to go to Chicago no matter what) depends on where we and they finish the season before and where exactly the schedule rotation is for the same-place finisher games. The 6-year rotation for those two games is the same, but it's never in the same spot due to one game having to be a road game and one game having to be a home game.

The rotation for the NFC South goes like this: NFC North, NFC North, NFC East, NFC West, NFC East, NFC West. The reason it's like that is because our conference rotation goes "NFC North, NFC East, NFC West, ect." and it won't align with the same-place finisher games. Like for example, we're playing the NFC West this year and the same-place finisher games will always come from the other two divisions.

Right now, for the away game of that same-place finisher rotation for the 2019 season is at the second NFC North game: North-North-East-West-East-West
  • 2014: we played the Cowboys (NFC East) in Dallas (both 2nd place in 2013)
  • 2015: we played the Cardinals (NFC West) in Arizona (both 2nd place in 2014)
  • 2016: we played the Giants (NFC East) in New Jersey (both 3rd place in 2015)
  • 2017: we played the Rams (NFC West) in Los Angeles (both 3rd place in 2016)
  • 2018: we played the Vikings (NFC North) in Minnesota (both 1st place in 2017)
  • 2019: we're playing the Bears (NFC North) in Chicago (both 1st place in 2018)
  • 2020: we'll play a team from the NFC East in either Dallas, Philadelphia, Washington, or New Jersey
Fun-fact: When we played in Chicago in 2013, this rotation was in the same exact spot, the second NFC North game of the rotation; we had to go to Green Bay the year before.

For the home game of that same-place finisher rotation, the 2019 season is at the second NFC East game: North-North-East-West-East-West
  • 2015: we played the Lions (NFC North) in New Orleans (both 2nd place in 2014)
  • 2016: we played the Lions (NFC North) in New Orleans (both 3rd place in 2015)
  • 2017: we played the Redskins (NFC East) in New Orleans (both 3rd place in 2016)
  • 2018: we played the Rams (NFC West) in New Orleans (both 1st place in 2017)
  • 2019: we're playing the Cowboys (NFC East) in New Orleans (both 1st place in 2018)
  • 2020: we'll play a team from the NFC West in New Orleans wherever we finish
 

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I can't wait to go to Las Vegas for the first time next year. I going no matter what, never been to Vegas but that ends next year.
 

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