New Orleans Saints schedule this week
Week 2 – @ Carolina Panthers
|Sunday, Sept. 19||1:00 PM||FOX|
- Spread: Saints -3.0
- Moneyline: Panthers +160; Saints -195
- Over/Under: 44.5
- Sportsnaut prediction: Saints 30, Panthers 21
The Saints’ offense will still be missing Michael Thomas, but Bradley Roby makes his debut in Week 2. With the secondary on more solid ground, New Orleans matches up better against the Panthers’ receiving corps. Pair that with the advantage New Orleans boasts in the trenches and it should result in a victory.
New Orleans Saints schedule and roster predictions
- New Orleans will play consecutive games on Thursday night, facing the Buffalo Bills in Week 12 and the Dallas Cowboys in Week 13.
- With a Week 6 bye, the Saints close out their 2021 season with 12 consecutive games.
- Sportsnaut predicts the New Orleans Saints finish with a 10-7 record.
New Orleans Saints roster outlook
All our predictions are based on the Saints keeping and starting these key players:
- QB: Jameis Winston, Taysom Hill
- RB: Alvin Kamara, Tony Jones Jr.
- WR: Marquez Callaway, Tre’Quan Smith, Deonte Harris, Michael Thomas*
- TE: Adam Trautman, Nick Vannett, Juwan Johnson
- Defense: No. 6 in our NFL defense rankings
New Orleans Saints schedule predictions
Week 1 — New Orleans Saints defeat Green Bay Packers 38-3 in Jacksonville
- When: Sunday, September 12 at 4:25 PM on FOX
- Spread: Packers -3.5, (via DraftKings)
- Moneyline: Packers (-190), Saints (+160)
- Over/Under: 49.5
- Sportsnaut prediction: Packers 31, Saints 20
Boy, that was one heck of a performance from Jameis Winston and his Saints. Uprooted from New Orleans due to the hurricane, this team came to play against Aaron Rodgers and Co. Winston threw a whopping five touchdowns against zero interceptions. Meanwhile, the Saints’ stingy defense intercepted Rodgers two times in an blowout 38-3 win. Could this team be for real in its first season of the post-Brees era?
Week 3 – @ New England Patriots
|Sunday, Sept. 26||1:00 PM||FOX|
The Patriots aren’t going to be nearly as bad as we saw in 2020, that’s what happens when Bill Belichick is extremely aggressive in free agency. New England boasts a top-10 defense and its running game could cause the Saints a lot of problems.
- Week 3 schedule prediction: Patriots 27, Saints 23
Week 4 – vs. New York Giants
|Sunday, Oct. 3||1:00 PM||FOX|
This figures to be a low-scoring game, with the Giants’ secondary matching up nicely against the Saints’ receiving corps. Similar to the Panthers’ matchup, New Orleans can dominate this game in the trenches. Plus, given the Saints have the better quarterback, it should be just enough for a victory.
- Week 4 schedule prediction: Saints 21, Giants 17
Week 5 – @ Washington Football Team
|Sunday, Oct. 10||1:00 PM||CBS|
The Washington Football Team will make a strong argument for having the best defense in the NFL this year. The front seven can get home against the Saints’ offensive line, putting relentless pressure on Winston and forcing him to make bad decisions.
- Week 5 schedule prediction: Washington Football Team 20, Saints 13
Week 6 – BYE
Week 7 – @ Seattle Seahawks
|Monday, Oct. 25||8:15 PM||ESPN|
Even if New Orleans doesn’t get consistent play from its signal-caller, Kamara and Thomas will make plays against the Seahawks’ defense. But the Saints also don’t have a secondary quite good enough to contain Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf. With the offensive line protecting Russell Wilson improved, he should have little trouble snagging a victory at home.
- Week 7 schedule prediction: Seahawks 28, Saints 27
Week 8 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
|Sunday, Oct. 31||4:25 PM||FOX|
The Saints and Buccaneers delivered some entertaining football games in 2020, that won’t be the case this year. Tampa Bay boasts superior talent at nearly every position and there’s no reason for the defending Super Bowl champs to lose their edge in a hostile environment. After this loss, it will become quite clear that the Saints need to rebuild.
- Week 8 schedule prediction: Buccaneers 34, Saints 24
Week 9 – vs. Atlanta Falcons
|Sunday, Nov. 7||1:00 PM||FOX|
The Falcons could be more competitive than the NFL world expects this season. But it’s a lot to expect the Falcons to beat the Saints in New Orleans. Michael Thomas should be healthy for this one and with Kamara also on the field, New Orleans wins a shootout.
- Week 9 schedule prediction: Saints 35, Falcons 31
Week 10 – @ Tennessee Titans
|Sunday, Nov. 14||1 PM||CBS|
We saw what happened to great offenses when the offensive line isn’t outstanding and they fall behind early. Tennessee doesn’t have the personnel to stop the Saints. On the other side, the Saints’ pass rushers shouldn’t have too much trouble creating pressure. There will be fireworks, but the Saints should win.
- Week 10 schedule prediction: Saints 24, Titans 21
Week 11 – @ Philadelphia Eagles
|Sunday, Nov. 21||1:00 PM||FOX|
We know what happened the last time New Orleans faced Jalen Hurts, but things should be different this time around. The second-year quarterback is still a major work in progress and that’s still going to be the case late in the season. With Philadelphia lacking the linebackers to adequately cover Kamara, the Saints should come out on top.
- Week 11 schedule prediction: Saints 28, Eagles 20
Week 12 – vs. Buffalo Bills
|Thursday, Nov. 25||8:20 PM||NBC|
Josh Allen and Stefon Diggs are going to cook the Saints’ secondary. Buffalo’s offensive line will give its MVP-caliber quarterback all day to throw and an improved receiving corps should help him deliver a jaw-dropping performance in New Orleans. Fortunately for the Saints, this loss puts them one step closer to landing a quarterback in the 2022 NFL Draft.
- Week 12 schedule prediction: Bills 27, Saints 21
Week 13 – vs. Dallas Cowboys
|Thursday, Dec. 2||8:20 PM||FOX, NFLN|
This could go either way, but the Cowboys’ offense is in a better position to attack the Saints’ defense thanks to offensive line play and a much deeper receiving corps. Fortunately, New Orleans will also be able to put up a ton of point on Dallas. This should come down to the wire on Thursday night and home-field advantage might decide it.
- Week 13 schedule prediction: Saints 31, Cowboys 28
Week 14 – @ New York Jets
|Sunday, Dec. 12||1:00 PM||FOX|
New York’s future is bright with Zach Wilson under center and Robert Saleh overhauling the defense, but it’s going to take some time before this team takes flight. The Saints’ experience and talent at the skill positions should make the difference in this matchup.
- Week 14 schedule prediction: Saints 31, Jets 24
Week 15 – @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
|Sunday, Dec. 19||8:20 PM||NBC|
Tom Brady and Co. will face some challenges on their journey to repeating as Super Bowl champions, but the Saints won’t even be a speed bump on that path. Winston will try and get some revenge against his former team, but it will likely result in a pick-six.
- Week 15 schedule prediction: Buccaneers 34, Saints 21
Week 16 – vs. Miami Dolphins
|Monday, Dec. 27||8:15 PM||ESPN|
If Tua Tagovailoa becomes the quarterback Miami believes he can be, this team is a Super Bowl contender. But he is still showing signs of inconsistency and the combination of the Saints’ offensive weapons and Sean Payton, paired with the defensive talent, gives them the edge.
- Week 16 schedule prediction: Saints 27, Dolphins 24
Week 17 – vs. Carolina Panthers
|Sunday, Jan. 2||1:00 PM||FOX|
In the Saints’ final home game of the season, Taysom Hill may be the focal point to help Sean Payton evaluate his long-term options at quarterback. With the Panthers out of the playoff picture and realizing Darnold isn’t the answer, New Orleans gets some revenge for its early-season loss.
- Week 17 schedule prediction: Saints 28, Panthers 21
Week 18 – @ Atlanta Falcons
|Sunday, Jan. 9||1:00 PM||FOX|
The Saints and Falcons may be battling for draft position this season, which makes these two matchups an underrate storyline of the upcoming season. If New Orleans wins both, which we expect, it could be a turning point for the future of the NFC South as Atlanta lands the better quarterback prospect.
- Week 18 schedule prediction: Saints 27, Falcons 24