The New Orleans Saints schedule has been released for the 2022 regular-season and with that, we have some takeaways.
If the New Orleans Saints want to get back to the playoffs in the 2022 season, we now know the path the team will have to take to get there. Despite a rough 2021 season, the team still finished a respectable 9-8 but narrowly missed out on the postseason.
With the schedule now official, here are some quick takeaways from the Saints’ 2022 regular-season schedule.
No BYE after the London game?
One of the first things fans look for on their team’s upcoming schedule is when the BYE week takes place. For teams who are slated to play a game in London or out of the country, typically they receive a BYE the following week.
Well, if you’re convinced that Roger Goodell hates the Saints, this could be another argument for your case, as New Orleans does not have a BYE following their Week 4 matchup against the Vikings. Instead, they’ll head home to the Big Easy to host the Seahawks instead. Hey, at least it’s against a winnable team, right?
Late BYE week
So if the Saints don’t have a BYE following their game in London, when is the BYE week? Well, after having off in Week 6 last season, the team will wait much longer for their BYE in 2022 with it not scheduled until Week 14.
This is surely the last weekend where teams are getting the week off and while it’ll take some grinding to get there, at least the team will be recharged and ready to go for the final four weeks.
3 straight divisional games to start the season
New Orleans opens the season on the road in Atlanta before returning home to face the Buccaneers and then hitting the road for a date with the Panthers. This gives them all three of their divisional rivals to start the season in a bit of a bizarre fashion.
After those three divisional games, the next time the Saints face any of those teams will be Week 13 when they head to Tampa Bay. After that, they host the Falcons in Week 15 and finish the year at home against the Panthers.
3 primetime games
Aside from the BYE week, the other big thing fans take a look at when the schedule drops is how many primetime games their squad has. The Saints are granted with three, playing the Cardinals on the road in a Week 7 Thursday night game, hosting the Ravens on Monday Night Football in Week 9, and capping things off with a Week 13 Monday night matchup in Tampa.
Considering the Saints were underwhelming for the most part in primetime last year, giving them three games seems fair.
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