2018 ScheduleAll times ET

2018 Schedule
11-5, 1st in NFC South

Brian Burke ESPN Analytics 

Another way the league evened out the schedule pain is back-to-back-to-back road games (3 consecutive). In 2017 there were 12. This season there are 6. (This includes neutral site venues as road games.) Of the 6 three-game road sequences, two teams own 2 of them if you consider neutral site (London/Mexico City) games as road games: Rams and Chargers. The Ravens and Saints own the other two. The Rams second 3-game road sequence includes their Mexico City game, but it's interrupted by their bye. The Chargers actually have an *uninterrupted 4-game road sequence*, counting their London game, which (strictly speaking) includes two 3-game road sequences.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's the 2018 New Orleans Saints regular season schedule: WEEK 1 (Sept. 9) vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1 p.m. ET; WEEK 2 (Sept. 16) vs. Cleveland Browns, 1 p.m. ET; WEEK 3 (Sept. 23) at Atlanta Falcons, 1 p.m. ET; WEEK 4 (Sept. 30) at New York Giants, 4:25 p.m. ET; WEEK 5 (Monday, Oct. 8) vs. Washington Redskins, 8:15 p.m. ET; WEEK 6 Bye; WEEK 7 (Oct. 21) at Baltimore Ravens, 4:05 p.m. ET; WEEK 8 (Oct. 28) at Minnesota Vikings, 8:20 p.m. ET; WEEK 9 (Nov. 4) vs. Los Angeles Rams, 4:25 p.m. ET; WEEK 10 (Nov. 11) at Cincinnati Bengals, 1 p.m. ET; WEEK 11 (Nov. 18) vs. Philadelphia Eagles, 1 p.m. ET; WEEK 12 (Thursday, Nov. 22) vs. Atlanta Falcons, 8:20 p.m. ET; WEEK 13 (Thursday, Nov. 29) at Dallas Cowboys, 8:20 p.m. ET; WEEK 14 (Dec. 9) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1 p.m. ET; WEEK 15 (Monday, Dec. 17) at Carolina Panthers, 8:15 p.m. ET; WEEK 16 (Dec. 23) vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, 4:25 p.m. ET; WEEK 17 (Dec. 30) vs. Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m. ET.

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Ranking best NFL fits for Lamar Jackson

The 2016 Heisman Trophy winner has rare athleticism. Which team could get the most out of the quarterback's skill set? Here are five great options.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Receiver Willie Snead will be present for the start of the Saints' offseason workout program Monday even though he remains unsigned as a restricted free agent, a source confirmed (the news was first reported by the NFL Network). The Saints made the lowest possible qualifying offer to Snead (one year, $1.9 million) to maintain their rights to match any deal Snead might sign elsewhere – but he has not signed an offer sheet with another team. The deadline to sign with other teams is Friday.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

New Saints and Pelicans owner Gayle Benson sent a letter to the other 31 NFL owners on Thursday saying she is "fully prepared to assume this role" and will "do so with the same drive and focus towards success that my husband displayed throughout his life." She detailed her desire to continue Benson's legacy with the team and to help the league move forward, and she said she will soon provide the commissioner with her own succession plan.

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Gleason under consideration for medal

Federal lawmakers have submitted legislation to award former Saints player Steve Gleason with the Congressional Gold Medal.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Safety Kenny Vaccaro, one of the top-rated free agents still on the market, is visiting with the Dolphins on Thursday according to a source (as first reported by the NFL Network). Vaccaro, 27, flashed great potential in a versatile role with the Saints over five years after being drafted in the first round of 2013. But he also battled some inconsistency and injuries while racking up 67 career starts, 385 tackles, eight interceptions, 7.5 sacks and four forced fumbles. The 6-foot, 214-pounder is probably most effective as a strong safety closer to the line of scrimmage, but he is also very good at covering receivers out of the slot.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The Saints have some new opponents on their preseason schedule. They're at Jacksonville in Week 1, home vs. the Cardinals in Week 2, at the Chargers in Week 3, then home against the Rams in Week 4. As always, it will be interesting to see if they sign up for any joint practices. They practiced with the Chargers in L.A. last year. But they haven't faced the other teams in the preseason in at least four years -- and they've never had a preseason game at Jacksonville.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The analysis on New Orleans' signing of receiver Cameron Meredith is pretty simple. If he comes back healthy from a major knee injury, the Saints might have landed one of the best bargains in all of free agency. But that's obviously a big “if” since the Bears weren't willing to make the same kind of investment in their promising young receiver, who broke out in 2016 before tearing his ACL in 2017. The Saints labeled WR as a “must” this offseason, and Meredith will be reunited with Saints/former Bears receivers coach Curtis Johnson.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints offensive lineman Gabe Ikard announced his retirement last week. The 27-year-old journeyman spent time with the Titans, Bills, Browns, Lions, Broncos and Saints during his four-year career after going undrafted out of Oklahoma – mostly on practice squads. The Saints signed him to a reserve/futures contract in January after he spent time on their practice squad last year.

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Source: WR Meredith signing Saints offer sheet

Cameron Meredith, who led the Bears in receptions and receiving yards in 2016, has signed a two-year, $10 million offer sheet with the Saints, a source told ESPN.

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Team Stats

Passing Yards261.85th
Rushing Yards129.45th
Points For28.04th
Points Against20.410th