With a season opener at home against their arch rival, the New Orleans Saints 2013 schedule is littered with story lines. When factoring the record from a season ago on the Saints schedule (a .539 winning percentage by opponents in 2012), New Orleans has the second-hardest schedule in the league.

Of course, a team's record is rarely the same year to year. The Saints finished 7-9 a season ago. With Sean Payton back in the fold, most pundits believe a sense of normalcy will help New Orleans improve after a nightmarish 2012 season. Apparently the TV networks do as well, as the Saints are schedule for 4 prime time games.


New Orleans Saints 2013 schedule

Sep. 8 vs. Atlanta Falcons, noon
Sep. 15 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 3:05 p.m.
Sep. 22 vs. Arizona Cardinals, noon
Sep. 30 (MON) vs. Miami Dolphins, 7:40 p.m.
Oct. 6 at Chicago Bears, noon
Oct. 13 at New England Patriots, 3:25 p.m.
Oct. 27 vs. Buffalo Bills, noon
Nov. 3 at New York Jets, noon
Nov. 10 vs. Dallas Cowboys, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 17 vs. San Francisco 49ers, 3:25 p.m.
Nov. 21 (THUR) at Atlanta Falcons, 7:25 p.m.
Dec. 2 (MON) at Seattle Seahawks, 7:40 p.m.
Dec. 8 vs. Carolina Panthers, noon
Dec. 15 at St. Louis Rams, noon
Dec. 22 at Carolina Panthers, noon
Dec. 29 vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, noon