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2017 Schedule
7-9, 3rd in NFC South
Saints don't need a vintage AP to be effective (1:20)
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7hTodd McShay

NFL draft buzz: Saints should address defensive struggles

The New Orleans Saints have ranked near the bottom of the league in multiple defensive categories in the past few years. Possible defensive players to keep an eye on for the Saints' No. 11 overall pick include Tennessee DE Derek Barnett, Temple ILB Haason Reddick and Ohio State S Malik Hooker.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The Saints definitely have room for Adrian Peterson, even though they already have a No. 1 running back in Mark Ingram. They need depth after allowing veteran backup Tim Hightower to get away in free agency – and Sean Payton's creative ability to use Ingram and Peterson as a 1/1A is probably a draw for the future Hall of Famer. Plus, it would give Peterson a chance to make his 2017 debut at Minnesota on Monday Night Football.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Between visits & workouts, Toledo RB Kareem Hunt met with Detroit, New England, San Francisco, New Orleans, Tampa Bay, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Tennessee, Carolina and the New York Jets. Hunt is a possible Day 2 pick at running back. Hunt had 262 carries for 1,475 yards and 10 touchdowns with 41 catches and 403 receiving yards last season.

ESPN Stats and Information  

Week 2 of the NFL season will be circled in red ink on a lot of calendars, as three head coaches and two prominent players who changed squads this offseason will face their former teams for the first time.

ESPN Stats and Information  

The Saints will be in the Monday Night Football spotlight just once. It happens to be the season-opening MNF game, when they will face the Vikings. Things don't get easier in Week 2, when they will face the Super Bowl champs.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The Saints and NFL also announced dates and times for most of their preseason games Thursday. New Orleans will play at Cleveland at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday, Aug. 10; vs. Houston at 7 p.m. CT on Saturday, Aug. 26; and vs. Baltimore at 7 p.m. CT on Thursday, Aug. 31. The Saints' Week 2 date at the Los Angeles Chargers has not been scheduled yet.

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4dDan Graziano

Saints-Vikings to kick off MNF on Sept. 11

Sam Bradford and the Vikings will host Drew Brees and the Saints to kick off the 2017 slate of Monday Night Football on Sept. 11. The nightcap will feature the Chargers at the Broncos.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The Saints will open the season on Monday Night Football at Minnesota, ESPN's Ben Goessling confirmed (as first reported by the New Orleans Advocate). The Saints would love to end their season there as well, since U.S. Bank Stadium is hosting Super Bowl LII. But it's a tough way to kick off a season. Not only is it on the road in prime time against a solid opponent – but it will make for a long trip home and a short week to get prepared for Week 2. … Potential fascinating subplot: The Saints recently hosted running back Adrian Peterson on a free-agent visit, though it's unclear how strongly they are considering a deal with him.

Team Stats

Passing Yards317.11st
Rushing Yards108.916th
Points For29.32nd
Points Against28.431st

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