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Week 1: at Cardinals

WHEN: 3:05 p.m. Sept. 13

WHERE: University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Ariz.

TV: Fox

BRIEFLY: Larry Fitzgerald might be on the other side of his peak, but there are few receivers who are more dependable. He was targeted 100 times last season and dropped only one pass.

CARDINALS IN 2014: 11-5

ALL-TIME SERIES: Cardinals lead 14-13

LAST MEETING: Saints 31-7 (2013)

PREDICTION: Cardinals 24-20 (0-1)

Week 2: Buccaneers

WHEN: Noon Sept. 20

WHERE: Mercedes-Benz Superdome

TV: Fox

BRIEFLY: This should provide a first look at Jameis Winston, who will be a rival for the Saints for the foreseeable future. New Orleans should have no trouble giving him a cold welcome to the division.

BUCCANEERS IN 2014: 2-14

ALL-TIME SERIES: Saints lead 29-17

LAST MEETING: Saints 23-20 (2014)

PREDICTION: Saints 27-14 (1-1)

Week 3: at Panthers

WHEN: Noon Sept. 27

WHERE: Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, N.C.

TV: Fox

BRIEFLY: Cam Newton used play-action on 27 percent of his passes last season, posting a 92.7 QB rating on such plays. His rating dropped to 78.2 on all other plays. The Saints need to be careful not to be fooled.

PANTHERS IN 2014: 7-8-1

ALL-TIME SERIES: Panthers lead 21-19

LAST MEETING: Panthers 41-10 (2014)

PREDICTION: Saints 21-17 (2-1)

Week 4: Cowboys

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 4

WHERE: Mercedes-Benz Superdome

TV: NBC

BRIEFLY: Last year’s trip to Dallas was the first indication that the Saints might have been a flawed team. This year’s game could end up exposing the same issues or serve to cure concerns.

COWBOYS IN 2014: 12-4

ALL-TIME SERIES: Cowboys lead 16-11

LAST MEETING: Cowboys 38-17 (2014)

PREDICTION: Cowboys 38-24 (2-2)

Week 5: at Eagles

WHEN: Noon Oct. 11

WHERE: Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia

TV: Fox

BRIEFLY: While the Dallas offensive line deserves a lot of credit for DeMarco Murray gutting the Saints for 149 yards last year, some of the praise should be placed on the running back. The Saints get a second look at Murray in this one.

EAGLES IN 2014: 10-6

ALL-TIME SERIES: Eagles lead 15-11

LAST MEETING: Eagles 26-24 (2013)

PREDICTION: Eagles 27-24 (2-3)

Week 6: Falcons

WHEN: 7:25 p.m. Oct. 15

WHERE: Mercedes-Benz Superdome

TV: CBS/NFL Network

BRIEFLY: Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan has given the Saints fits in recent years with his quick trigger. His 2.52 seconds time to throw ranked 13th in the NFL. New Orleans can force him to hold it longer with an improved secondary.

FALCONS IN 2014: 6-10

ALL-TIME SERIES: Falcons lead 48-43

LAST MEETING: Falcons 30-14 (2014)

PREDICTION: Saints 31-28 (3-3)

Week 7: at Colts

WHEN: Noon Oct. 25

WHERE: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis

TV: Fox

BRIEFLY: With wide receivers Andre Johnson, Donte Moncrief and T.Y. Hilton on the roster, Indianapolis has the weapons to make this one of the first big tests for New Orleans’ revamped secondary.

COLTS IN 2014: 11-5 ALL-TIME SERIES: Colts lead 6-5

LAST MEETING: Saints 62-7 (2011)

PREDICTION: Colts 34-31 (3-4)

Week 8: Giants

WHEN: Noon Nov. 1

WHERE: Mercedes-Benz Superdome

TV: Fox

BRIEFLY: Louisiana doesn’t need to be told how good native son Odell Beckham is. But just to put it in perspective, Eli Manning posted a 127.6 QB rating when throwing to the wide receiver.

GIANTS IN 2014: 6-10

ALL-TIME SERIES: Giants lead 15-12

LAST MEETING: Saints 52-27 (2012)

PREDICTION: Saints 24-17 (4-4)

Week 9: Titans

WHEN: Noon Nov. 8

WHERE: Mercedes-Benz Superdome

TV: CBS

BRIEFLY: After getting familiar with Jameis Winston earlier in the season, New Orleans will get an up-close look at the No. 2 pick in the draft, Marcus Mariota. The Titans’ fortunes will hinge on how good Mariota performs.

TITANS IN 2014: 2-14

ALL-TIME SERIES: Titans lead 7-5-1

LAST MEETING: Titans 22-17 (2011)

PREDICTION: Saints 34-17 (5-4)

Week 10: at Redskins

WHEN: Noon Nov. 15

WHERE: FedEx Field, Landover, Md.

TV: Fox

BRIEFLY: This game needs no hype. New Orleans will meet up with former pass rusher Junior Galette, who made a lot of noise on his way out the door. The pass rusher will be looking to make a statement.

REDSKINS IN 2014: 4-12

ALL-TIME SERIES: Redskins lead 16-8

LAST MEETING: Redskins 40-32 (2012)

PREDICTION: Saints 27-20 (6-4)

Week 12: at Texans

WHEN: Noon Nov. 29

WHERE: NRG Stadium, Houston

TV: Fox

BRIEFLY: This one is a little late in the season, so it would be a stretch to say this game will expose how good the offensive line is. But there’s no question trying to block J.J. Watt will be the most difficult task of the season.

TEXANS IN 2014: 9-7

ALL-TIME SERIES: Texans lead 2-1

LAST MEETING: Saints 40-33 (2011)

PREDICTION: Saints 23-17 (7-4)

Week 13: Panthers

WHEN: Noon Dec. 6

WHERE: Mercedes-Benz Superdome

TV: Fox

BRIEFLY: If the division plays out the way it did last season, this game could have huge playoff implications. The Saints left with a bad taste in their mouths the last time these teams played. They won’t want a December repeat.

PANTHERS IN 2014: 7-8-1

ALL-TIME SERIES: Panthers lead 21-19

LAST MEETING: Panthers 41-10 (20-14)

PREDICTION: Panthers 24-17 (7-5)

Week 14: at Buccaneers

WHEN: Noon Dec. 13

WHERE: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Fla.

TV: Fox

BRIEFLY: A cynic might look at last year’s season finale against Tampa Bay and conclude that the Bucs laid down to get the No. 1 pick after winning in the first half. New Orleans will need to actually win this one.

BUCCANEERS IN 2014: 2-14

ALL-TIME SERIES: Saints lead 29-17

LAST MEETING: Saints 23-20 (2014)

PREDICTION: Saints 34-17 (8-5)

Week 15: Lions

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 21

WHERE: Mercedes-Benz Superdome

TV: ESPN

BRIEFLY: The Saints had enough troubles slowing down the Lions, even without Calvin Johnson, last year. Brandon Browner, who got the better of Johnson last year while with the Patriots, is supposed to be the answer to that issue.

LIONS IN 2014: 11-5

ALL-TIME SERIES: Saints lead 11-10-1

LAST MEETING: Lions 24-23 (2014)

PREDICTION: Lions 27-24 (8-6)

Week 16: Jaguars

WHEN: Noon Dec. 27

WHERE: Mercedes-Benz Superdome

TV: CBS

BRIEFLY: If the Saints are in position to make a playoff run, they’ll need to be careful not to let this become a trap game. It seems unlikely this is the year Jacksonville will emerge as a contender. That’s still a few years away.

JAGUARS IN 2014: 3-13

ALL-TIME SERIES: Saints lead 3-2

LAST MEETING: Saints 23-10 (2011)

PREDICTION: Saints 24-14 (9-6)

Week 17: at Falcons

WHEN: Noon Jan. 3

WHERE: Georgia Dome, Atlanta

TV: Fox

BRIEFLY: The season ends with a game against the Saints’ greatest rival. No matter how things go for these teams, neither will want to lay down. Pride is on the line.

FALCONS IN 2014: 6-10

ALL-TIME SERIES: Falcons lead 48-43

LAST MEETING: Falcons 30-14 (2014)

PREDICTION: Saints 28-27 (10-6)

Saints are idle in Week 11. ... All dates and times are subject to change, including NFL’s flex scheduling from Weeks 5 through 16.