The New Orleans Saints look to rebound in 2022 after the 2021 NFL season saw them win only nine games; their lowest total since the 2016 campaign. Their chances of bouncing back are good, though, with ESPN's Mike Clay listing the Saints has having the 12th-easiest schedule.
New Orleans does have some tough opponents on deck for the upcoming campaign, but a large portion of matchups are mostly winnable. In fact, some games could even be classified as close-to-guaranteed victories for the team.
Here's a look at the three easiest games on the Saints' schedule in 2022.
New Orleans Saints Schedule 2022
1. Week 1: @ Atlanta Falcons
The Saints have the opportunity to start the new season with a W in the victory column thanks to a Week 1 matchup against the Atlanta Falcons. FanDuel Sportsbook is projecting the Falcons to win fewer than 4.5 games next season, making them one of the easiest teams to play. New Orleans is also 7-2 in its last nine games against Atlanta and hasn't lost at Mercedes-Benz Stadium since December 2017. An offense containing Chris Olave, Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara will certainly be too much for the Falcons, who gave up 27.0 PPG in 2021 (T-No. 29).
2. Week 5: vs. Seattle Seahawks
Another easy matchup for the Seahawks is a Week 5 date against the Seattle Seahawks, who are a much worse team without Russell Wilson under center. Even though they struggled at times last season, the Saints' defense finished fourth-best in points allowed and should pose troubles for Drew Lock, who led the NFL with 15 interceptions the last time he was a full-time starting quarterback. Add in the fact that New Orleans has won three consecutive games against Seattle and it's easy to see why fans should be licking their lips at this matchup.
3. Week 18: vs. Carolina Panthers
Some teams have difficult matchups in the final week of the regular season while the Saints are fortunate to be facing the lowly Carolina Panthers. The Saints have owned their NFC South rivals lately, going 9-2 in the last 11 meetings between the two. Carolina hasn't won in New Orleans since December 2018 and it's tough to imagine that changing as long as Sam Darnold is still his usual self under center. The Saints' D has held the Panthers' offense to 10 or fewer points in three of their last five matchups and the potential is there for it to happen again in Week 18.
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