An early breakdown of Saints opponents for the 2024 NFL season

While the 2024 NFL schedule hasn’t officially been announced, the New Orleans Saints already know the opponents they will face next season.

New Orleans Saints v Los Angeles Rams
New Orleans Saints v Los Angeles Rams / Ryan Kang/GettyImages

Now that the NFL offseason has arrived, teams have turned their attention to the 2024 season. Currently, the New Orleans Saints, like every other team, is figuring out what it needs to do to be better next season. That process will start with free agency and then the 2024 NFL Draft.

While the 2024 schedule isn’t out yet, all 32 teams know their opponents for next season. The NFL will release the official schedule in a big way later in the offseason. For the Saints, they will, of course, face the other three NFC South teams twice each, and will also play each AFC West team, each NFC East team, the Cleveland Browns, the Los Angeles Rams, and the Green Bay Packers. Additionally, after playing nine road games this past season, New Orleans will host nine home games next season.

Saints 2024 opponents

Based on 2023 records, New Orleans has the second-easiest schedule next year, essentially tied with the Atlanta Falcons who are No. 1. Playing six games against a struggling NFC South has a lot to do with this. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers won the division with the same 9-8 record as the Saints, the Falcons were 7-10, and the Carolina Panthers were 2-15.

Of the 14 opponents New Orleans will face next season, seven have a winning record. One of those teams is the back-to-back defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs, who the Saints will travel to play. The Chiefs will be trying to pull off the rare three peat, while New Orleans will be trying to win the Super Bowl that it’s hosting.

Previous season records aren’t always a reliable way to measure a schedule, because in the NFL, each year is it’s own entity. Teams can go from good to bad and vice versa in one offseason. That’s why the Saints need to be hard at work this offseason so that the roster is prepared to compete against anyone.