It’s not too often a future first ballot hall of famer, a consensus top tier quarterback of all time, who also happens to be your franchise’s best player ever retires and you still garner as much national intrigue as you have in the past. Apparently, the New Orleans Saints are finding themselves in this situation by way of the NFL schedule releasing. Despite Drew Brees retiring the Saints are going to be playing five primetime games this upcoming year.
In fact, the Saints were involved in four primetime games last season, although they hosted the Christmas Day game against the Minnesota Vikings which for all intents and purposes was prime time as well. They will be back in the holiday season spotlight as they will host the Buffalo Bills on Thanksgiving Night in the Superdome.
Their other prime time games include a Monday night tilt against the Seattle Seahawks. That game is intriguing as the Russell Wilson drama unfolded this past offseason culminated in him naming the Saints as a potential trade partner. Those trade talks have fizzled and Wilson remains with the Seahawks.
After the aforementioned Thanksgiving contest with Buffalo, the Saints will host the Dallas Cowboys the following Thursday night. Cowboys-Saints games are always a big deal in these parts and having this as a primetime game makes sense as these teams have played primetime games against each other in 2 of the last 3 seasons. The games are usually tightly contested and both fan bases travel really well to opponent territory.
The Saints will visit the Super Bowl champion and division rival Tampa Bay Buccaneers on December 19th before then traveling home for another prime time game the following Monday night against the Miami Dolphins. It’s clear the Saints are still a major player when it comes to relevancy and ratings.
It makes sense. The Saints still boast a top tier roster coupled with star players and personalities in Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas. They still feature a top echelon coach in Sean Payton. They still play in New Orleans. With fans expected to be back in full throttle, everyone knows there’s no place like the Superdome at night. The NFL is counting on it to be an electric atmosphere to showcase just how special the Saints in that building can be.
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