The New Orleans Saints will be embarking on one of the most memorable seasons in years as the 2012 NFL season unfolds. The Saints are a team laden with talent, yet burdened by the uncertainties of penalties and as of right now the shaky status of Drew Brees. They’ll be missing some familiar players but have managed to hang on to most of the foundation of the team, at least offensively. What the New Orleans Saints have to overcome is the loss of the guiding hand of Sean Payton and various assistant coaches. But we fully expect this to be a solid team and a playoff contender. Where it goes from there remains to be seen. So let’s take a look at the schedule, game by game. The links lead to a more in-depth preview of each game.
Week 1 of the Saints season brings the Washington Redskins into the Mercedes Benz Superdome for both the home and season opener of the regular season schedule. By this time rosters are set and everyone is ready to get off to a winning start. The great unknown here is the Redskins and their highly publicized new quarterback Robert Griffin III or “RG3″ as he’s known. We’ll also have the new Saints defensive system unleashed by Steve Spagnuolo so there’s a lot of uncertainties that will begin to be answered in the home opener. A game well worth seeing.
Week 2 takes New Orleans to Carolina where the Panthers will be looking for great things from Cam Newton in his sophomore season. Carolina has a habit of playing the Saints tough and this should the second week in a row where the Saints defense is sorely tested by an athletic young quarterback.
The Kansas City Chiefs have been struggling the last few years and honestly, probably won’t be a match for a full strength New Orleans Saints team, especially on offense. But the return of Matt Cassell on offense should give them a boost and this game could be competitive if the Chiefs can generate any turnovers.
The first quarter of the Saints schedule ends with a bang in the highly anticipated re-match between two of the NFL’s best offense. Once again the Saints will be in Lambeau Field. On the Green Bay Packers side the team will be motivated by a dissapointing loss in the NFC Championship to what many considered to be an inferior New York Giants team. The New Orleans Saints have their own motivation, having dropped a playoff game to the San Francisco 49ers and then undergoing an execution of sorts by both the NFL and the national media. This is definitely the highlight game of the early season.