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New Orleans Saints 2015 Opponents

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Nov 10, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) celebrates as he leaves the field following a win over the Dallas Cowboys at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints defeated the Cowboys 49-17. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

The New Orleans Saints season is over, which means we can officially turn our attention to the 2015 season. With the regular season standings set in stone, we now know the 2015 New Orleans Saints opponents. Here’s how they shape up for next year:

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Dallas Cowboys

New York Giants

Jacksonville Jaguars

Tennessee Titans

Detroit Lions (NFC North Opponent – Finished 2nd in Division)

Atlanta Falcons

Carolina Panthers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Philadelphia Eagles

Washington Redskins

Houston Texans

Indianapolis Colts

Arizona Cardinals (NFC West Opponent – Finished 2nd in Division)

Atlanta Falcons

Carolina Panthers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

‘So, how in the world is this figured out,’ you may ask?

It’s rather simple. Every year, the Saints (and rest of the NFL) rotate the divisions in which they play in regards to the AFC. For the NFC South, the 2014 season opponents were the AFC North (Ravens, Steelers, Browns, Bengals) and the NFC North (Vikings, Packers, Lions, Bears). Since there are four divisions in the AFC, every four years, we’ll play the AFC North, meaning we won’t see them again until 2018.

Since we are one of the four divisions in the NFC, we play each division at least every three years. So the Cowboys, Giants, Redskins, and Eagles were actually on our 2012 schedule.

You may recall the 2009 season, which was the year we had those four respective NFC East teams on our schedule at home and on the road.

As far as the other two opponents you see, which are Detroit and Arizona, what happens is two intraconference games are on the schedule, which is based on the prior year standings. So, since the Saints, Cardinals, and Lions finished out second place, we will play those respective teams in 2015.

We always play the Falcons, Panthers, and Bucs twice in a year, so there’s your other six games!

It’s as simple as that.

Coincidentally, we play the Cowboys for the fifth time in six years.

The actual schedule will not be released until mid to late April.

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