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2009 Saints Schedule a Blessing Compared to 2008

It’s more than a safe statement to say that the Saints will not be able to blame a bad schedule if they fail to make the playoffs for a third straight year. With no 42-day stretch away from the Superdome, no trips to foreign countries, and no outdoor games north of D.C. in November or December, this year’s schedule looks like a five-star meal next to last years heaping pile of filth.

The Saints have at least three primetime games (two on Monday Night Football and a Saturday NFL Network broadcast) but a very interesting development is the lack of a NFC South division game until Week 8 against Atlanta.

If New Orleans starts slow this year like the last two years the division games in the second half of the season could help a comeback attempt to make the playoffs.

If they burst out of the gate like Sean Payton’s first year as coach, the team will have a huge incentive to hold that form through the final nine games and possibly a huge advantage on the other NFC South teams.

The Saints should be wary, though, of their opener against Detroit, who may play with renewed vigor for their new coach, Jim Schwartz. The Lions are being touted as the worst team heading into 2009 but the Falcons of 2008 and Mike Smith showed that nobody really knows what they’re talking about in April.

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One Response to “2009 Saints Schedule a Blessing Compared to 2008”

  1. Lisa says:

    Very true and let’s hope they don’t blow it

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