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Saints schedule leaks: season starts with easy W over Tampa Bay, Thanksgiving night vs Atlanta

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NEW ORLEANS, LA - New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara (41) scores a touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
NEW ORLEANS, LA - New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara (41) scores a touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
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The 2018 New Orleans Saints schedule will be officially revealed tonight during an unnecessary two-hour broadcast on NFL Network, but until then we’ll keep track of leaked dates and information here on CSC. Stay tuned for updates throughout the day.

Just as a reminder, here are the Saints’ 2018 preseason exhibition opponents, though all exact dates and kickoff times are not yet known:

We’ll update this post as more information becomes available.

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Based off reports so far, the Saints will play five nationally-televised prime time games in 2018, including two Monday Night Football appearances and the Thanksgiving headliner. That’s more prime time games than the Saints appeared in between the last two seasons combined (two games each). However, just two of those games will be held in New Orleans.

The bad news is the Saints are looking to play three games in eleven days - hosting the Eagles and Falcons back-to-back on November 18 and 22, then traveling to Dallas on November 29. The good news is the Saints will likely get a bye week close to the middle of the season, qualifying for weeks six, seven, nine, and ten. Hope for the latter.