Overreactions Saints 2022 Schedule – Canal Street Chronicles

The NFL has officially released the full schedule for the upcoming 2022 season. The New Orleans Saints front office and fans can now begin planning travel and strategy for the season. Beginning September 11, the Saints begin the 17-game season with division opponents. The season ends on the second weekend in January. The schedule draws a lot of reactions as it always seems like the NFL is making the season as long as possible for the Saints. These are overreactions to the 2022 New Orleans Saints schedule.

Overreactions to the Saints 2022 schedule

In week four, the Saints have to lose a home game for the second straight year. Last year a hurricane forced the Saints out of New Orleans. That year, the NFL gave one of the home games to the City of London. A team that has become something of a rivalry for the Saints awaits in London. Opponents in the UK are the Minnesota Vikings. However, the Saints will be at a disadvantage due to NFL scheduling. In week three, the Saints are on the road with the Carolina Panthers and then have to travel across the pond. Meanwhile, the Vikings have a home game. This puts the team at a disadvantage before the game even starts. All of these factors are certainly coincidences, right?

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If that was the only unusual trip for the Saints this season, it might be fine. But by the end of the year, the Saints will play back-to-back games on different shores of the United States. In Week 12, the Saints must travel to the West Coast and face the San Francisco 49ers. As early as next week, the Saints have to travel to the East Coast and play against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Literal cross-country trips. Travel days like this can really take a toll on a team. The NFL is tough enough without those kinds of scheduling issues. A week 14 bye week is well deserved but this scheduling is brutal.

TBD games are ridiculous

The Saints have not one, but two home games in a month that aren’t fully scheduled. Week 15 and 18 games against the Falcons and Panthers will be played on either Saturday or Sunday of that respective week. How are fans supposed to plan their trip when the games aren’t even set yet? The Panthers and Buccaneers don’t have two unscheduled games. However, both the Falcons and Saints have these types of games late in the season. Flights, hotels and everything for fans have to be postponed or overextended twice in a month. Not only that, both games are home games. So, once again, Saints fans are getting a bad deal from the NFL. A game about the holidays or skittles would be understandable. However, two home games in four weeks seems to be the trend, especially given all the other scheduling issues this season. How many coincidences can there really be to a single team’s schedule?

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Saints need to win four games before week six

Last year’s record doesn’t usually say anything about a team’s success in the following season. Teams can be promoted and relegated from year to year. However, that doesn’t mean the Saints’ mid-year schedule isn’t incredibly difficult. Between weeks six and 13, the Saints face seven teams that made the playoffs last season. The only team the Saints have faced in this span that hasn’t made the playoffs is the very dangerous and rebuilt Baltimore Ravens. During this period, the Saints face opponents such as the Cincinnati Bengals, Arizona Cardinals, Los Angeles Rams, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It’s paramount that the Saints go into this stretch with as many wins as possible.

Every game in the Saints First Five can be won. There are no easy games in the NFL, but facing newly formed teams early in the season usually helps. The Saints face the Falcons, Carolina Panthers and Seattle Seahawks in the first five weeks. Two of those are actual home games as well, including a week three game against the Buccaneers. The Seahawks and Falcons will look to replace their Pro Bowl quarterbacks this season. This transition can be difficult for any team. As for the Vikings and Panthers, both will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing stretch run in 2021. Given the way the schedule is set up, the Saints need to go into Week 6 almost undefeated. If the team can pull off at least four wins at this stretch, a couple of wins in the tricky middle portion of the schedule should help a potential Saints playoff push.

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