the NFLThe 2023 schedule has been released. While a lot is bound to change from early May to the start of each game, here are our best guesses as to how saints week-to-week fare – and their final record at the end of the campaign.
Week 1 (Sunday, Sept. 10) vs. the Tennessee Titans, 1 p.m. ET: West
Week 2 (Monday, Sept. 18) at Carolina Panthers, 7:15 p.m. ET: L.A.
Week 3 (Sunday, Sept. 24) at Green Bay Packers, 1 p.m. ET: L.A.
Week 4 (Sunday, October 1) vs. the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1 p.m. ET: West
Week 5 (Sunday, Oct. 8) New England Patriots, 1 p.m. ET: L
Week Six (Sunday, Oct. 15) in Houston Texans, 1 p.m. ET: West
Week 7 (Thursday, Oct. 19) vs. Jacksonville Jaguars, 8:15 PM ET: L
Week 8 (Sunday, Oct. 29) Indianapolis Colts, 1 p.m. ET: L.A.
Week 9 (Sunday, November 5) vs. the Chicago Bears, 1 p.m. ET: West
Week X (Sunday, November 12) Minnesota Vikings, 1 p.m. ET: W
Week 11: Bye
Week 12 (Sunday, November 26) Atlanta Falcons, 1 p.m. ET: L.A.
Week 13 (Sunday, Dec. 3) vs. the Detroit Lions, 1 p.m. ET: L.A.
Week 14 (Sunday, Dec. 10) vs. the Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m. ET: L.A.
Week 15 (Sunday, December 17) against the New York Giants, 1 p.m. ET: West
Week 16 (Thursday, Dec. 21) Los Angeles Rams, 8:15 p.m. ET: W
Week 17 (Sunday, December 31) at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1 p.m. ET: L.A.
Week 18 TBD vs. Atlanta Falcons: W
Final record: 8-9
If the Saints are going to win the South, they need to come out of this bye strong, making the Week 12 game in Atlanta pivotal. Four of the top six are on the road, so they might dig an early hole. They won Minnesota in Week 10, one of the best wins of any NFC South team. Whether or not the Saints could avoid stumbling against lesser opponents would decide whether or not they would be late in the chase.
Greg Aumann is FOX Sports’ NFC South correspondent, covering the Buccaneers, Falcons, Panthers, and Saints. He’s in his 10th season covering the Bucs and the NFL full time, after spending time at the Tampa Bay Times and The Athletic. You can follow him on Twitter at @employee.
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