Well, we’re halfway through our review of the Saints schedule and quick looks at each game to help you pick out your Saints tickets. Let’s move on and catch the next four games, one of which may be the best Saints home game of the season.
The Saints will welcome the Philadelphia Eagles to the Dome on Nov 5th in a primetime game. The Eagles spent a lot of money last season on big name free agents only to see things crumble in a miserable season. In 2012 Philadelphia will be trying to justify those moves and capture the NFC East. Michael Vick is still entrenched as the starter despite a sub-par season last year. This Eagle and Saints matchup is probably going to be crucial to the final NFC standings for both teams. Starting the second half of the schedule off with a win is also big and the media will be swarming this one.
Of course the Falcons and Saints will put on a show in Game 10 of the season. It’s hard to find a better rivalry than this NFC South pairing. In 2012 the Atlanta Falcons will be trying to take advantage of the Saints woes and regain their footing within the conference. Matt Ryan is now a seasoned NFL vet and he’s got some weapons on the receiving end. The running game may be suspect though, as Turner seems to be slowing down a little and is not the workhorse he was a few years back. The Saints and Falcons have been involved in some very close games in their history and each has had some success in the others home stadium. It’s going to be intense again, as it always is when the Falcons and Saints hook up.
Who knows what we’re going to get when the Saints travel to Oakland to play the Raiders on Nov. 18th? On paper the heavy edge goes to New Orleans. But this is not the hapless Raiders team of the last few years. Oakland is making progress and could provide some competition. It’s very unclear which direction this franchise is going since the death of Al Davis so label this game “The Great Unknown.”
The 49ers vs Saints game that came last season in the playoffs is still burning in the gut of the entire New Orleans organization. The loss by the Saints eventually resulted in the firing of Gregg Williams and the revamping of the Saints defense under Steve Spagnuolo. Saints fans of course, will be lining up for tickets for this one just to see the Saints get their revenge. Expect a hard fought battle with the Saints having a slight edge through motivation and the home field advantage.