Yesterday the NFL released the schedule for the 2021-22 season. I was curious to see how the NFL would treat the New Orleans Saints after the Drew Brees retirement. They clearly still view the Saints as a big draw and gave them 5 primetime games.
Green Bay is traveling to the Dome Week 1 for a 3:25 afternoon kickoff. The question is whether Aaron Rodgers will be on their plane or not. Vegas must think he is still going to play as the Saints are only a 2.5 point favorite at home currently on the Barstool Sportsbook App.
The Saints then head to Carolina to open NFC South play to take on former assistant Joe Brady and the Panthers. They follow that up with a trip to Foxboro to face the Patriots. They actually caught a break getting sent to Foxboro before it gets too cold. I have never been to a game up there and may try to make this one if it fits with Barstool's schedule.
The Saints start October with 2 NFC East battles (vs. NYG, at Washington) before their bye week. Then this thing really heats up with a MNF game at Seattle (October 25th) followed up by a Halloween Sunday 3:25 kickoff against Tom Brady and the Bucs in the Dome! Nolaween is always my favorite holiday. That is going to be an insane weekend to be in NOLA!
The Saints host the hated Atlanta Falcons on November 7th in an NFC South battle before a 2 game road trip to Nashville and Philly.
Following that road trip, the Saints return to NOLA to host back to back Thursday Night Primetime Home games. The first one is against the defending AFC East Champion Buffalo Bills on Thanksgiving Night then the Dallas Cowboys come to Nola the next Thursday. I freaking love the prime time night home games in the SuperDome. The place is always rockin’ for those!
I am also excited to see a trip up north to take on the New York Jets on December 12th. This one is on my possible calendar as well. The Saints then head to Tampa for a potentially massive Sunday Night Football game against the defending Super Bowl champs.
Finally the Saints come back to New Orleans to host a 3rd prime time home game (MNF vs. Miami) on December 27th. They finish the 2021-22 season with NFC South rivalry games against Carolina at home (January 2nd) and in Atlanta on Jan 9th.
All in all, this is a pretty damn fun schedule and I am getting excited for fall already.