March 28, 2002

Saints Face Tough Start to Season

The Saints and the other 31 teams in the league received their regular season lineup today.

Date Opponent
Sep 8 at Tampa Bay (9-7)
Sep 15 GREEN BAY (12-4)
Sep 22 at Chicago (13-3)
Sep 29 at Detroit (2-14)
Oct 6 PITTSBURGH (13-3)
Oct 13 at Washington (8-8)
Oct 20 SAN FRANCISCO (12-4)
Oct 27 ATLANTA (7-9)
Nov 10 at Carolina (1-15)
Nov 17 at Atlanta (7-9)
Nov 24 CLEVELAND (7-9)
Dec 1 TAMPA BAY (9-7)
Dec 8 at Baltimore (10-6)
Dec 15 MINNESOTA (5-11)
Dec 22 at Cincinnati (6-10)
Dec 29 CAROLINA (1-15)

The Saints start their season with a tough string of games, starting with new divisional rival Tampa Bay on September 8. The Saints then host Green Bay and travel to Chicago, games against a pair 12+ win teams.

The Saints travel north again the next week, to play in the second regular season game in newly-constructed Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan.

Another trio of rough games greets the Saints starting in October, hosting AFC Championship runners-up Pittsburgh, then traveling to Washington, then hosting San Francisco. It will be the first time the Saints and 49ers play as non-divisional rivals. The Saints host long-time division rival Atlanta at the end of October and head into the bye week, placed directly in the middle of the season.

Two road trips, in Carolina and Atlanta, will be crucial divisional matches as the second half of the season begins.

The Saints return home to host Cleveland at the end of November and begin December with the Buccaneers at home.

The Saints head to Baltimore on December 8, the final team the Saints will face with a winning record in the 2001 season. The Saints play Minnesota at home again, and then travel north to play the Bengals in snowy Cincinnati, Ohio. The Saints are expecting snow in both of their December road trips. The season and divisional play wraps up with Carolina at home.

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