Saints schedule 2024: game-by-game predictions for upcoming season

The NFL has officially released the 2024 schedule, so let’s do a game-by-game prediction for the New Orleans Saints.
New Orleans Saints v Tampa Bay Buccaneers
New Orleans Saints v Tampa Bay Buccaneers / Julio Aguilar/GettyImages

On Wednesday, the NFL released the full 2024 schedule. While teams already knew the opponents they would play, everyone now knows when these games will be played and what order. Having all these details are necessary when trying to predict how the 2024 season will unfold.

The New Orleans Saints, who were 9-8 last year, are hoping to find their way back to the postseason. For what it’s worth, they have the easiest schedule in the league based on last season’s records. Will that help the team this year? Let’s take a look.

Predicting every Saints game in the 2024 season

Week 1: Saints vs. Panthers

The Carolina Panthers made a lot of moves to support Bryce Young this offseason. They found veteran linemen in free agency, and added pass catchers in the draft and free agency. This should result in a much better Panthers team, but New Orleans should still be able to win at home.

Saints win (1-0)

Week 2: Saints at Cowboys

The Saints will be taking a trip down to Jerry’s World to take on America’s team. While the Cowboys had a quiet offseason after a disappointing playoff exit, they have proven to be a dangerous regular season team. Chalk this up as a loss for New Orleans.

Saints lose (1-1)

Week 3: Saints vs. Eagles

The Philadelphia Eagles will likely approach this season with a vengeance. They were extremely underwhelming last year, so they attacked the offseason making significant improvements. That will mean trouble for New Orleans, as the team will likely drop this game.

Saints lose (1-2)

Week 4: Saints at Falcons

Atlanta is a talented team that has what it takes to win the NFC South. While New Orleans and Tampa Bay will certainly have something to say about that, the Falcons should be able to protect their house and get a win over the Saints in Atlanta.

Saints lose (1-3)

Week 5: Saints at Chiefs

The Kansas City Chiefs will be trying to pull off a three peat this season. With so many of their key players still in place, they’ll definitely have a chance to do it. That journey starts with winning in the regular season and the Chiefs will probably do that against New Orleans in Week 5.

Saints lose (1-4)

Week 6: Saints vs. Buccaneers

Last season, New Orleans and Tampa Bay both finished 9-8 and split the season series 1-1. Both squads are returning a lot of the same pieces, so expect the two teams to contend for the division title again. In a close game, the Saints will pull out the win at home over the Bucs.

Saints win (2-4)

Week 7: Saints vs. Broncos

Sean Payton is coming back to New Orleans. The former longtime Saints coach will be on the opposite sideline for the first time since leaving the team after the 2021 season. This should be a good week for any fans looking to stick it to Payton, because New Orleans should win.

Saints win (3-4)

Week 8: Saints at Chargers

The Los Angeles Chargers went all in in recent years, but they have nothing to show for it. After hiring Jim Harbaugh and moving on from some key veterans this offseason, it’s unclear what to expect from the Chargers. However, fans should expect New Orleans to get a win over this L.A. team.

Saints win (4-4)

Week 9: Saints at Panthers

Carolina was swept by New Orleans last season, but was competive in the first matchup between the two teams, losing 20-17. With the Panthers having an improved roster, the 2024 games should be similar. However, the Saints should still get the job done.

Saints win (5-4)

Week 10: Saints vs. Falcons

New Orleans and Atlanta will likely be among the three top teams in the NFC South with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Considering the talent that both teams have, the two matchups should be competitive. Expect the Saints to take care of business in the Superdome though.

Saints win (6-4)

Week 11: Saints vs. Browns

New Orleans will host the Cleveland Browns in Week 11. This will be the return of fan favorite Jameis Winston to New Orleans, though, he’ll likely be on the bench unless Deshaun Watson is hurt. If the Browns are healthy, they should be able to come into New Orleans and get a win.

Saints lose (6-5)

Week 12: Bye

Week 13: Saints vs. Rams

New Orleans will get to play an Aaron Donald-less Los Angeles Rams team. That, alone, is reason to rejoice. Fans should also be able to rejoice that week because the Saints should get a win against Los Angeles.

Saints win (7-5)

Week 14: Saints at Giants

New Orleans has the easiest schedule in the league and a big reason why is that the team will face teams like the New York Giants, who finished 6-11 last season. Simply put, this should be a win for the Saints or it will be a sign that the team is dealing with some big problems.

Saints win (8-5)

Week 15: Saints vs. Commanders

The Washington Commanders will roll into town with their new coaching staff and exciting rookie quarterback, but they won’t be far removed from the team that only won four games a year ago. The Saints should handle business and get a win.

Saints win (9-5)

Week 16: Saints at Packers

Green Bay caught the NFL off guard last season but that won’t be the case in 2024. Understanding how dangerous this young team can be, New Orleans should be prepared to beat the Packers under normal circumstances. However, this game is scheduled for late December in Wisconsin. Advantage Green Bay.

Saints lose (9-6)

Week 17: Saints vs. Raiders

For the first time in his career, Derek Carr will face the team that he spent his first nine seasons with. While Carr will likely downplay the matchup and say it isn’t about him, he’d definitely be thrilled to get a win. That’s exactly what the Saints should do.

Saints win (10-6)

Week 18: Saints at Buccaneers

Tampa Bay has won the division the last three seasons, and they aren’t going to let that streak end easy. After an offseason where the Bucs worked hard to retain their veteran core, expect them to get a win at home against New Orleans.

Saints lose (10-7)