Here's the Saints' schedule for 2017:
Week 1: at Vikings (Monday night), Sept. 11, 6:10 p.m. (ESPN)
Week 2: vs. Patriots, Sept. 17, noon (CBS)
Week 3: at Panthers, Sept. 24, noon (Fox)
Week 4: at Dolphins (in London), Oct. 1, 8:30 a.m. (Fox)
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Week 5: Bye
Week 6: vs. Lions, Oct. 15, noon (Fox)
Week 7: at Packers, Oct. 22, noon (Fox)
Week 8: vs. Bears, Oct. 29, noon (Fox)
Week 9: vs. Buccaneers, Nov. 5, noon (Fox)
Week 10: at Bills, Nov. 12, noon (Fox)
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Week 11: vs Washington, Nov. 19, noon (Fox)
Week 12: at Rams, Nov. 26, 3:05 p.m. (Fox)
Week 13: vs. Panthers, Dec. 3, noon (Fox)
Week 14: at Falcons (Thursday night), Dec. 7, 7:25 p.m. (NBC/NFL Network)
Week 15: vs. Jets, Dec. 17, noon (CBS)
Week 16: vs. Falcons, Dec. 24, noon (Fox)
Week 17: at. Buccaneers, Dec. 31, noon (Fox)
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Saints at Vikings
Week 1, Sept. 11, 6:10 p.m. (Monday night)
Rab says: A game the Saints could win but will fritter away when their offense sputters on the road. Vikings 18, Saints 13
Rod says: Saints have lost three straight openers. Assuming Teddy Bridgewater doesn't make a miraculous comeback, Saints can end that skid. Saints 28, Vikings 17
Saints vs. Patriots
Week 2, Sept. 17, noon
Rab says: Man is no match for a machine. Brady, Gronk and company roll like a Mardi Gras float. Patriots 27, Saints 13
Rod says: Malcolm Butler vs. Brandon Cooks? Maybe. But the Saints have lost 8 straight times against teams that won the Super Bowl the season before. Patriots 27, Saints 24
Saints at Panthers
Week 3, Sept. 24, noon
Rab says: Will Saints get the good year Panthers or the bad? Hedge your bets and go with the former. Panthers 28, Saints 14.
Rod says: Cam Newton and Co. get it done at home, but it'll be close. Panthers 28, Saints 27
Saints vs. Dolphins (London)
Week 4, Oct. 1, 8:30 a.m.
Rab says: Fish, meet chips. Saints make a meal of the Fins across the pond, then have tea. Saints 24, Dolphins 19.
Rod says: All church services in the city likely will be canceled so fans can wake up early and watch the Saints get their third straight win over the Dolphins. Saints 27, Dolphins 13
Saints vs. Lions
Week 6, Oct. 15, noon
Rab says: Offensive fireworks usually go off when Drew Brees, Matthew Stafford get together. Light fuse, stand back. Saints 31, Lions 30.
Rod says: Getting the bye after the London trip bodes well with Matt Stafford and the Lions coming to town. Saints 38, Lions 35
Saints at Packers
Week 7, Oct. 22, noon
Rab says: A potentially cold-weather road trip against one of the top favorites in the NFC? Meet the Saints’ most unwinnable game. Packers 41, Saints 23.
Rod says: Nah. Not at Lambeau. Packers 35, Saints 24
Saints vs. Bears
Week 8, Oct. 29, noon
Rab says: The Monsters of the Midway are the Mess of the Midway. One of Saints’ easiest wins. Saints 29, Bears 17.
Rod says: Mike Ditka will surely have his eyes on this one between his two former teams. Saints won't have any trouble with this one. Saints 35, Bears 13
Saints vs. Buccaneers
Week 9, Nov. 5, noon
Rab says: Saints make Jameis (Winston) famous for hitting the Superdome turf over and over. Saints 24, Bucs 16.
Rod says: Saints have owned Bucs in 5 of last 6 games in the Dome. Taking care of business at home in NFC South is crucial, so Saints get it done. Saints 27, Bucs 21
Saints at Bills
Week 10, Nov. 12, noon
Rab says: Probably a game the Saints should win, but if the weather turns frigid, forget it. Bills 21, Saints 20.
Rod says: If this game was scheduled for September, I'd give the Saints the nod. Bills 28, Saints 21
Saints vs. Redskins
Week 11, Nov. 19, noon
Rab says: Mired in Washington gridlock, Redskins helplessly watch Saints receivers fly by on way to end zone. Saints 28, Redskins 19.
Rod says: Crazy stat. Saints have only beat the Redskins once in the Dome in eight tries, and that was back in 1992. Twenty-five years later, Saints do it again. Saints 38, Redskins 24
Saints at Rams
Week 12, Nov. 26, 3:05 p.m.
Rab says: L.A. Coliseum conjures bad flashbacks to old NFC West visits. Fortunately for Saints, Rams are the only bad thing in the house. Saints 32, Rams 21.
Rod says: The Saints have won their last three games in California. No reason to think the Rams can slow them down. Saints 42, Rams 24
Saints vs. Panthers
Week 13, Dec. 3, noon
Rab says: The last three Saints-Panthers meetings have been decided by three points. This will be another close one. Saints 20, Panthers 17.
Rod says: If the draft goes like many think, this will be Leonard Fournette's homecoming and first game in the Dome. Saints spoil it though. Saints 24, Panthers 23
Saints at Falcons
Week 14, Dec. 7, 7:25 p.m. (Thursday night)
Rab says: Winner keeps Mercedes-Benz’s name on their building, the loser drives off in something called a Geely. Falcons 33, Saints 17.
Rod says: Falcons welcome Saints to their new stadium and will be amped up for this one, like always. Falcons 38, Saints 21
Saints vs. Jets
Week 15, Dec, 17, noon
Rab says: This will be only Jets’ sixth visit to New Orleans. They won’t give it good reviews on TripAdvisor. Saints 27, Jets 20.
Rod says: The two teams have met a dozen times, splitting the 12 meetings. Thirteenth meeting of Big Easy vs. Big Apple goes to the Big Easy. Saints 31, Jets 27
Saints vs. Falcons
Week 16, Dec. 24, noon
Rab says: Saints fans will still be chuckling over Atlanta’s Super Bowl meltdown, but Falcons will leave some Christmas Eve coal in their ankle tape. Falcons 23, Saints 17
Rod says: Remember that embarrassing Monday Night loss to the Falcons last season? Surely the Saints still remember. It won't happen again. Saints 31, Falcons 28
Saints at Buccaneers
Week 17, Dec. 31, noon
Rab says: For “Football in Paradise,” Saints-Bucs games in Tampa often devolve into ugly, grind-it-out affairs. Saints 17, Buccaneers 13.
Rod says: For some reason, the Saints never seem intimidated playing in the pirate ship called Raymond James Stadium, winning four of the last 5. Saints 24, Bucs 21
Rab: 9-7 overall, 3-3 in NFC South
Rod: 10-6 overall, 4-2 in NFC South
Week 1: at Browns, Aug. 10, 7 p.m. (Fox 8)
Week 2: at Chargers, TBD (Fox 8)
Week 3: vs. Texans, Aug. 26, 7 p.m. (Fox 8)
Week 4: vs. Ravens, Aug. 31, 7 p.m. (Fox 8)
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