Photo gallery: Saints vs. Falcons _lowres

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram (22) jumps into the crowd after scoring on a 1-yard run during the first quarter against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Best game

Is there any doubt? The Falcons in the Dome in prime time on Oct. 15. The Saints are 3-0 in such situations — winning 22-14 in 1992 (also a Thursday) and 23-3 in 2006 (We all remember that one) and 35-27 in 2009 (the Super Bowl season). Good omens?

Worst game

Jacksonville. Nothing says post-Christmas hangover like playing the Jaguars on Dec. 27.

Best trip

At Washington on Nov. 15. Any chance to visit our nation’s capital should be taken. And in mid-November, winter shouldn’t have set in yet.

Worst trip

At Arizona. Average daily high for Sept. 13: 98 degrees.

Prime-time blues

Detroit on Dec. 21. The league has moved the schedule away from divisional games at season’s end, and this one could be a stinker.

Super Bowl rematch

Oct. 25 at Indianapolis. On the 50th anniversary of the big game, the NFL is spotlighting rematches from the first. Not many players from either team are still in the same uniforms, but that won’t matter to Saints fans who will be relishing the memory of that night in Miami.

Goodell bias

Nov. 22 is the latest open date in team history, and it means the team won’t at be home between Nov. 8 and Dec. 6.

Get your tickets early

Oct. 4 vs. Dallas. Cowboys fans love to travel.

Take your time

Jacksonville. See above.

Zach Mettenberger alert

If Tennessee doesn’t take Jameis Winston or Marcus Mariota, the ex-LSU QB should be under center when the Titans visit on Nov. 8.

Eli’s coming

The last time the littlest Manning played in the Superdome, the Saints put a 49-24 whipping on his team. But when the Giants visit this time on Nov. 1, he’ll be bringing fellow Newman Greenie Odell Beckham Jr. with him.

Let’s play two

The Saints will be playing host to Houston in an Aug. 30 exhibition game, which is usually the one when the starters see the most action. Then they play again at Reliant Stadium on Nov. 29.


Sept. 27 at Carolina. Don’t forget that the Panthers were the NFC champs last year and, at this point, they look much better. Lose this one, and you’re chasing them for the rest of the season.

Ring in the new year

Jan. 3 in Atlanta. What better way to have a delayed celebration than wrapping up the NFC South title by beating the Dirty Birds?