Saints schedule 2022: Which teams will New Orleans play next season?

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The New Orleans Saints‘ 2022 regular season came to an end due to the Rams not holding up their end of the bargain. New Orleans is 9-8 and finished second in the NFC South, so for the first time since the 2016 season, the Saints won’t face a first-place schedule when they take the field again.

The NFC South is slated to square off against the entire NFC West, the entire AFC North, and the second-place team in the AFC West. The Saints’ 17th game this past season was against the Titans due to the NFC South and AFC South being chosen for that extra game. This year, it’ll be the NFC South and AFC West.

With the Saints having to go on the road nine times in 2021 due to the AFC teams getting home-field advantage in the extra game, this year the NFC gets home-field advantage, meaning NOLA has nine home games in 2022 and only hits the road eight times.

Saints schedule 2022: Who will NOLA square off against?

The teams coming to the Caesars Superdome will be the three division rivals (Buccaneers, Falcons, and Panthers) along with the Rams, Seahawks, and Vikings. The Vikings are on the schedule due to both teams finishing in second in their respective divisions. They’ll also host the Bengals, Ravens, and the Raiders.

The trips New Orleans will be making this year are to face the division rivals as well as the Cardinals, Eagles, and 49ers in the NFC. In the AFC, they’ll travel to face the Browns and Steelers.

This schedule is an intriguing one for sure, as the Saints will have two really tough divisions on tap in the AFC North and NFC West. The Bengals game should be interesting, as Joe Burrow and Ja’Marr Chase, who attended LSU, will be coming home to play in front of what should be a friendly Saints crowd.

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This past season’s schedule was on the easier side and the Saints ended with a winning record but were on the outside looking in when it came to the playoffs. How many wins do you think are on their 2022 schedule?