The Saints Game are entering what could be their last run at another Super Bowl with Drew Brees as their quarterback, and they have the roster to pull it off. The question is whether their 2020 schedule is too tough for New Orleans to earn the kind of prime playoff seed needed for a deep playoff push.
As for the divisional staples on the Saints’ schedule, their recent struggles are part of the reason New Orleans has been the king of the NFC South for the last three years. But the rival Falcons if healthy could challenge the Saints in 2020. The Panthers are a bit of a wild card with so much overhaul, but in theory, they could be a threat. And of course, the Buccaneers added the only active NFL quarterback whose career accomplishments are more impressive than those of Brees.
Outside of the division, the Saints’ 2020 schedule features plenty more worthy tests, though many of them come in the New Orleans-friendly confines of the Superdome. In short, if the Saints earn the top seed in the NFC playoffs which based on the new postseason format is the only seed that earns a first-round bye they will have earned it.
New Orleans Saints Schedule
Week 1 (Aug. 13-17): vs Los Angeles Rams, TBD
Week 2 (Aug. 23): vs Pittsburgh Steelers, 7 p.m., FOX
Week 3 (Aug. 27-30): vs Houston Texans, TBD
Week 4 (Sep. 3-4): vs Miami Dolphins, TBD
Week 1 (Sep. 13): vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 3:25 p.m., FOX
Week 2 (Sep. 21): vs Las Vegas Raiders, 7:15 p.m., ESPN
Week 3 (Sep. 27): vs Green Bay Packers, 7:20 p.m., NBC
Week 4 (Oct. 4): vs Detroit Lions, 12 p.m., FOX
Week 5 (Oct. 12): vs Los Angeles Chargers, 7:15 p.m., ESPN
Week 6: BYE WEEK
Week 7 (Oct. 25): vs Carolina Panthers, 12 p.m., FOX
Week 8 (Nov. 1): vs Chicago Bears, 3:25 p.m., FOX
Week 9 (Nov. 8): vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 7:20 p.m., NBC
Week 10 (Nov. 15): vs San Francisco 49ers, 3:25 p.m., FOX
Week 11 (Nov. 22): vs Atlanta Falcons, 12:00 p.m., FOX
Week 12 (Nov. 29): vs Denver Broncos, 3:05 p.m., FOX
Week 13 (Dec. 6): vs Atlanta Falcons, 12 p.m., FOX
Week 14 (Dec. 13): vs Philadelphia Eagles, 3:25 p.m., FOX
Week 15 (Dec. 20): vs Kansas City Chiefs, 3:25 p.m., CBS
Week 16 (Dec. 25): vs Minnesota Vikings, 3:30 p.m., FOX/NFLN
Week 17 (Jan. 3): vs Carolina Panthers, 12 p.m., FOX
Saints strength of schedule
Based on opponents’ win percentage from last season, the Saints’ 2020 schedule is relatively easy. New Orleans’ 2020 opponents went 125-130-1 with a .490 collective win percentage last season, which places the Saints at No. 24 in strength of schedule rankings.
Even though New Orleans won its division last year and draws a first-place schedule for 2020, it has the easiest schedule of all four NFC South teams.
Again, though, these strength of schedule rankings don’t account for offseason changes made league-wide in free agency and the 2020 NFL Draft. Some of the Saints’ opponents — like the Buccaneers, Chargers, Broncos and Eagles, for example — have strong chances to improve their records in 2020.
Everybody has been looking forward to watching Brees square off with Tom Brady twice in 2020 since Brady departed New England for a two-year contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in March. The two teams will meet in Weeks 1 and 9.
The Bucs last beat New Orleans in Week 1 of 2018.
Brady and Brees last played in 2017. The Patriots won 36-20.
Outside of the NFC South, Brees has marquee quarterback matchups with two-time NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers and Super Bowl LIV MVP Patrick Mahomes.
The Saints also have a rematch with the Vikings, who are responsible for ending their 2017 and ’19 seasons.
Record prediction : 10-6