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Sports Teams

New Orleans Saints Football
2014 Season

Coming off an 11-5 season in 2013 and a spot as the #6 seed in the playoffs, the Saints look to be a contender again, as this season gets underway with some of their key players still on the roster.

However, the team will have some big holes to fill in the starting lineup with the departures of Darren Sproles (running back/special teams), Will Smith (defensive lineman), Jonathan Vilma (linebacker), Roman Harper (safety) and several other stalwarts who were part of the Saints’ 2009-10 championship season.

Veteran quarterback, Drew Brees, came off another strong season in 2013 with his 3rd consecutive year of 5,000+ yards passing and 39 touchdown passes. His prime receivers, Jimmy Graham and Marques Colston, will be returning after both having strong seasons. With the departure of the versatile Sproles, added pressure will be on the remaining running backs, Pierre Thomas and Mark Ingram, to give the Saints offensive some balance with a strong ground game.

Fifteen-year veteran, Shayne Graham, is being counted on to give the Saints’ kicking game a needed boost, following last year’s cut of Garrett Hartley, whose overtime field goal against Minnesota in 2010 put the Saints in their first and only Super Bowl.

High expectations are also being placed on this year’s top draft picks, Brandin Cooks (wide receiver), Stanley Jean-Baptiste (cornerback), Khairi Fortt (linebacker), Vinnie Sunseri (safety), Ronald Powell (linebacker) and Tavon Rooks (offensive tackle).

Sean Payton returns for his 9th season as the Saints’ head coach. Since coming to New Orleans, Payton has led the Saints to five playoff berths, three NFC South division titles and the franchise’s first World Championship with a 31-17 win over the Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl XLIV. Overall, Payton’s record is 79-43, including a 6-4 postseason mark, making him the most successful coach in the team’s forty-seven-year history.

To view a complete roster of players for the current season, click here.

Season Performance Overview

During the seventeen-week regular season, the Saints’ schedule appears to be light against teams with a combined 99-107-2 record from 2013. However, teams change personnel from year to year, and measuring one’s current opponents against the previous season is not always an accurate measure of team strength. Four of the Saints’ 2014 opponents posted 8-8 records the previous year, and all four of them were just one win away from making the playoffs.

The heat of the Saints’ schedule and the real test of its current strength will come between weeks eight and eleven when the team takes on three divisional champions and one wild card team from 2013. Facing teams with a combined record of 43-20 – the Green Bay Packers (home), Carolina Panthers (away), San Francisco 49ers (home) and the Cincinnati Bengals (home) – the Saints’ success for this season will depend on how the team performs during that potentially difficult stretch.

Enjoy the Game Time Experience

A Saints game is an entertainment extravaganza that defies description. Over the past four and a half decades, since coming into existence on All Saints’ Day, 1966, the Saints can boast having some of the most loyal and dedicated fans among the NFL’s 32 teams.

Fans dressed up in colorful costumes that only the most creative imaginations on the planet could devise. Handkerchief-waving second-line dancing through the stands; Mardi Gras Indian “big chiefs” decked out in their splashy beaded and feathered outfits; voodoo priests and priestesses casting victory spells for the team. This is only a small sampling of the fun and entertainment that plays out in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome for a Saints home game.

Tickets, TV, & Radio

Single or small group tickets for most Saints’ home games come available prior to kickoff.
Check tickets from Ticket Liquidator or Ticket Master. Orders can be placed online through all major credit cards. Or call (504) 731-1700 to order tickets by phone.

For those who prefer to watch the Saints’ games at their favorite sports bar or in their hotel room or lobby, there are dozens of sports bars around the New Orleans area tuned into the local team.

To listen to the Saints’ games on radio, tune in to WWL at 870 AM.

Come out and cheer for the Saints, or for your own home team playing in the Superdome. For everything you ever wanted to know about the team, go to the Saints’ official site.

Pre-Season & Regular Season Schedule

Here’s how the Saints’ 2014 pre-season and regular season schedule shapes up:

2014 Saints Home Schedule

Dates in bold indicate home games.

Regular Season Date Opponent Time TV
Week 1 Aug. 8 at St. Louis 7 pm CST
Week 2 Aug. 15 Tennessee 7 pm CST
Week 3 Aug. 23 at Indianapolis 7 pm CBS
Week 4 Aug. 28 Baltimore 7 pm CST
Regular Season Date Opponent Time TV
Week 1 Sept. 7 at Atlanta Noon FOX
Week 2 Sept. 14 at Cleveland Noon FOX
Week 3 Sept. 21 Minnesota Noon FOX
Week 4 Sept. 28 at Dallas 7:30 pm NBC
Week 5 Oct. 5 Tampa Bay Noon FOX
Week 6 BYE WEEK      
Week 7 Oct. 19 at Detroit Noon FOX
Week 8 Oct. 26 Green Bay 7:30 pm NBC
Week 9 Oct. 30 at Carolina 7:25 pm NFLN
Week 10 Nov. 9 San Francisco Noon FOX
Week 11 Nov. 16 Cincinnati Noon CBS
Week 12 Nov. 24 Baltimore 7:30 pm ESPN
Week 13 Nov. 30 at Pittsburgh Noon FOX
Week 14 Dec. 7 Carolina Noon FOX
Week 15 Dec. 15 at Chicago 7:30 ESPN
Week 16 Dec. 21 Atlanta Noon FOX
Week 17 Dec. 28 at Tampa Bay Noon FOX
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