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2017 New Orleans Saints opponents set after third-place finish in NFC South

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Here’s a look at the opponents the Saints face in 2017, which is highlighted by games against the NFC North and AFC East.

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With the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beating the Carolina Panthers in Week 17, the New Orleans Saints are assured a third-place finish in the NFC South for 2016. In turn, that helps clear up the 2017 opponents.

We’ve already known for quite some time that the Saints play the NFC North and AFC East divisions in 2017, so here’s the outlook for the new season.

Home Opponents: Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Washington Redskins (NFC East 3rd-Place)

Away Opponents: Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins (London), Los Angeles Rams (NFC West 3rd-Place)

The Saints only had two prime-time games on the schedule for 2016, but that can easily change with big draws against the Patriots, Packers, an NFC South opponent, and obviously the game in the UK slated for Week 4 or 5 of next season.