September 1, 2011; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints Saintsations cheerleaders perform during the second half of a preseason game against the Tennessee Titans at the Louisiana Superdome. The Titans defeated the Saints 32-9. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

New Orleans Saints 2012 Preseason opponents revealed

This NFL preseason will without a doubt be one like the New Orleans Saints have never experienced before.

Head coach Sean Payton has been suspended for a year after “bounty” allegations came to light, and the team is flirting with hiring Bill Parcells to act as interim head coach in his absence.

While Payton — as well as GM Mickey Loomis and assistant head coach Joe Vitt — are appealing their suspensions with the league on Thursday, it’s expected that Commissioner Roger Goodell will not reduce the penalties he has already handed down.

Goodell of course came down harshly on the Saints for their perceived pay-for-performance program, said to have targeted specific players over the 2009, 2010, and 2011 seasons.

But the primary reason for the hefty suspensions was due to the fact that the NFL claims the Saints attempted to cover up the program after the 2009 season when the leagues security team came calling after several teams claimed the Saints defense played “dirty” throughout the playoffs.

Regardless of who is at the helm of the Saints, it has been known for a few months that New Orlean would open up the 2012 NFL preseason by playing in the Hall of Fame game against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday August 5th.

Because of the Hall of Fame game the Saints will play in five total preseason games this year.

It was also leaked very recently that the Saints will play in Tennessee against the Titans in week four of the preseason.

After their exhibition game with the Cardinals the Saints will play at New England.

The next week the Saints will return home to the Superdome to play host to the upstart Jacksonville Jaguars, where they will stay to face the Houston Texans — a game that will be televised nationally on CBS.

Afterwards the Saints will end the preseason in Tennessee against the Titans, as originally reported.

All times and dates, with exception to the Hall of Fame game, will be determined further down the road.

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  • larryjames836

    The New Orleans Saints will be alright they roster are still the same the only thing that is different is know coach, but really thats know problem they has been without Sean Payton maybe not a full year. But the only way the Saints can be they selfs they must focus on the goal that they always had in focus is the Super Bowl run. Now the Saints have more on their plate that they are trying to eat this is where they will find themselves this is where the Saints are going to be more dangerous. Now I’m not talking about dirty ball the Saints don’t play dirty ball peoples you’ll are looking at a team that come from a mighty long way you are looking at a team that is great. So let’s not put a name on a team that has a master-minded coach that any NFL team would want, Quarterback one of the best in the NFL that any NFL team would want, Offensive team the best in the NFL which every NFL team would want, now to be honest the worse defensive team in the NFL and they suppose to be a bounty hunter defense do we know what a bounty hunter do they get what they go after. The Saints went to 3 playoffs runs defense didn’t hold up didn’t get them there if they are what we say they are the Saints have won 4 Super Bowl in a row lets keep it real.