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For Immediate Release: April 15, 2008

In their 2008 schedule, the New Orleans Saints will be featured in three nationally-televised, prime-time games – including two on Monday Night Football and one on Thursday night – and play three home games in three consecutive weeks for the first time since 1999, it was announced today by the NFL. The Saints also open the season at the Superdome for the first time since 2004 when they take on the NFC South rival Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, Sept. 7.

The Saints will play twice on ESPN’s Monday Night Football, hosting the Minnesota Vikings on Oct. 6 and the Green Bay Packers on Nov. 24. Both games have a 7:30pm kickoff. New Orleans will also travel to Chicago, Dec. 11, for a nationally-televised Thursday-night game on NFL Network. As was previously announced, the Saints will host the San Diego Chargers at London’s Wembley Stadium n Oct. 26.

Following the opener, the Saints have consecutive road games at Washington and Denver. New Orleans then returns for three straight home games, opening with San Francisco, Sept. 28, followed by Minnesota, Oct. 6 and Oakland, Oct. 12.

2008 REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE
(All times CENTRAL)
Date Opponent Kickoff TV
Sept. 7 TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS Noon FOX
Sept. 14 at Washington Redskins Noon FOX
Sept. 21 at Denver Broncos 3:05pm FOX
Sept. 28 SAN FRANCISCO 49ers Noon FOX
Oct. 6 MINNESOTA VIKINGS (Monday) 7:30 pm ESPN
Oct. 12 OAKLAND RAIDERS Noon CBS
Oct. 19 at Carolina Panthers Noon FOX
Oct. 26 SAN DIEGO CHARGERS (London) Noon CBS
Nov. 2 BYE
Nov. 9 at Atlanta Falcons Noon FOX
Nov. 16 at Kansas City Chiefs Noon FOX
Nov. 24 GREEN BAY PACKERS (Monday) 7:30pm ESPN
Nov. 30 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Noon FOX
Dec. 7 ATLANTA FALCONS Noon FOX
Dec. 11 at Chicago Bears (Thursday) 7:15pm NFLN
Dec. 21 at Detroit Lions Noon FOX
Dec. 28 CAROLINA PANTHERS Noon FOX


A look at the Saints’ 2008 opponents, and dates:

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (vs. Sept. 7, at Nov. 30): New Orleans holds a 19-15 edge in the all-time series against the Buccaneers, though Tampa Bay swept the two contests last year on the club’s way to the NFC South title…The two clubs have been frequent foes, even before NFL realignment in 2002. From 1977-2001, the Saints and Buccaneers met 20 times… 13 of the last 18 games between the two clubs have been decided by a touchdown or less.

at Washington Redskins (Sept. 14): Game will mark the home debut of the Redskins’ new head coach, Jim Zorn…The Saints have come away with victories in their only two trips to FedEx field, 24-20 in 2003 and 43-27 in 2002....At Washington in 2002, WR Michael Lewis became the first player in team history to return a punt and kickoff for a touchdown in the same game.

at Denver Broncos (Sept. 21): This will be the Saints’ first regular-season trip to INVESCO Field, and the club’s first regular-season game at Denver since Dec. 24, 1994 – a 30-28 victory for New Orleans. That game is the Saints’ only road game against the Broncos since 1985.

vs. San Francisco 49ers (Sept. 28): While the 49ers lead the all-time series, 45-22, the recent history has been dominated by the Saints. New Orleans defeated the 49ers 31-10 on the road last season, and posted a 34-10 victory at the Superdome in 2006. The Saints are 4-0 against the 49ers since 2002, scoring over 30 points in all four contests. New Orleans also has a current streak of six straight victories over San Francisco at the Superdome.

vs. Minnesota Vikings (Oct. 6): The Vikings lead the series, 17-7…The Saints are 2-1 in their last three appearances on Monday Night Football, splitting last year’s two games with a loss against Tennessee at home (Sept. 24) and a 34-14 victory at Atlanta. In 2006 vs. Atlanta in the reopening of the Superdome, the Saints prevailed, 23-3.

vs. Oakland Raiders (Oct. 12): The Saints and Raiders will meet for just the 11th time in the regular season and the first time since the Saints defeated Oakland 31-26 in 2004. The Saints have won two of the last three contests between the clubs at the Superdome, including the last Saints home shutout, a 27-0 win over the then Los Angeles Raiders in 1991.

Carolina Panthers (at Oct. 19, vs. Dec. 28): The Dec. 28th contest between the clubs will mark the fifth time the two clubs have ended a season against each other since Carolina entered the league in 1995. The Panthers hold a hold a 14-12 lead in the series, with the Saints winning the last meeting, 31-6, at Bank of America Stadium.

vs. San Diego Chargers (Oct. 26, London): Winners of just two of the nine meetings between the clubs, the Saints will be the home team when they play the Chargers at London’s Wembley Stadium. The game will mark the first time the Saints have played a regular season game outside of the United States. Quarterback Drew Brees will suit up against his former team for the first time, having led the Chargers to a 43-17 win over the Saints in San Diego in 2004 when the two sides last met.

Atlanta Falcons (at Nov. 9, vs. Dec. 7): Atlanta holds a 42-34 regular-season advantage in the all-time series against the Saints, though New Orleans has won the last four meetings between the two clubs under Coach Sean Payton…The Saints have won the last four at the Superdome…The Saints have played the Falcons more than any other opponent.

at Kansas City Chiefs (Nov. 16): Although the Saints have visited Arrowhead Stadium in the preseason prior to each of the last two seasons, this game will be New Orleans’ first regular season meeting at the Chiefs’ home park since December 21, 1997. The all-time series between the two teams is knotted at four wins apiece, with Kansas City having won two of the three previous meetings in Missouri.

vs. Green Bay Packers (Nov. 24): The Saints are 6-14 all-time against the Packers…The Saints defeated Green Bay at Lambeau Field in 2006, a 34-27 victory after initially trailing 13-0. QB Drew Brees threw for 353 yards in the contest…This will be the first visit as head coach for Green Bay’s Mike McCarthy, offensive coordinator for the Saints from 2000-04.

at Chicago Bears (Dec. 11): The Saints will visit Soldier Field for the third time in just over 23 months, having played the Bears on their home field in the NFC Championship game following the 2006 season and the 2007 regular season finale. Chicago took a 12-11 edge in the all-time regular season series with the 33-25 win last December. New Orleans will be featured on NFL Network for the first time in the regular season and on Thursday night for just the third time in team history, having split their first two games.

at Detroit Lions (Dec. 21): The Saints head to Ford Field for just the second time since the building opened in 2002, looking to even the all-time series as Detroit leads 9-8-1. The lone tie in the series – one of only five in Saints history – came 40 years ago in a 20-20 deadlock at Detroit’s Tiger Stadium in 1968.
 

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