New Orleans Saints
Owner: Gayle Benson General Manager: Mickey Loomis Head Coach: Sean Payton
NFL Championships: None Super Bowl Championships: 2009
2018 New Orleans Saints Game Schedule
|Week 1||9/9||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||1:00pm||FOX|
|Week 2||9/16||Cleveland Browns||1:00pm||FOX|
|Week 3||9/23||at Atlanta Falcons||1:00pm||FOX|
|Week 4||9/30||at New York Giants||4:25pm||CBS|
|Week 5||10/8||Washington Redskins (Mon)||8:15pm||ESPN|
|Week 7||10/21||at Baltimore Ravens||4:05pm||FOX|
|Week 8||10/28||at Minnesota Vikings||8:20pm||NBC|
|Week 9||11/4||Los Angeles Rams||4:25pm||FOX|
|Week 10||11/11||at Cincinnati Bengals||1:00pm||FOX|
|Week 11||11/18||Philadelphia Eagles||1:00pm||FOX|
|Week 12||11/22||Atlanta Falcons (Thu)||8:20pm||NBC|
|Week 13||11/29||at Dallas Cowboys (Thu)||8:20pm||FOX / NFLN|
|Week 14||12/9||at Tampa Bay Buccaneers||1:00pm||FOX|
|Week 15||12/17||at Carolina Panthers (Mon)||8:15pm||ESPN|
|Week 16||12/23||Pittsburgh Steelers||4:25pm||CBS|
|Week 17||12/30||Carolina Panthers||1:00pm||FOX|
New Orleans Saints Team HistoryThe establishment of the New Orleans Saints traces back to 1966 when a backroom deal was agreed to officially form the franchise. Saints founder Dave Dixon had been lobbying for an NFL franchise for five years before local U.S. Congressman Hale Boggs negotiated a deal with U.S Senator Russell Long and NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle to bring a team to New Orleans. The NFL needed congressional approval to complete the proposed AFL-NFL merger and agreed to award New Orleans an NFL franchise to curry favor with Boggs, who was house majority whip and member of the congressional committee that would eventually approve the merger. Fittingly, the New Orleans Saints were officially formed on November 1, the Catholic holiday All Saints Day, in 1966.
During its first twenty years, the franchise was the model for futility in the NFL only managing a .500 record twice during the period and never making the playoffs. In 1985, recently deceased owner Tom Benson purchased the franchise in what would mark a pivotal moment in the Saints history. Benson hired general manager Jim Finks and Head Coach Jim Mora in the same year which led to the franchise’s first winning season in 1987. The Jim Mora teams were defined by their stellar linebacker corps nicknamed the “Dome Patrol” which was spearheaded by future Hall of Fame linebacker Ricky Jackson. After Mora stepped down as head coach midway through the 1993 season, the team again fell on hard times only managing a season winning percentage above .500 twice over the next 13 seasons.
The 2005 season was marked by tragedy as the city of New Orleans was devastated by Hurricane Katrina, displacing the team to play home games elsewhere while members of the organization simultaneously attempted to offer aid to those in need across the area. The Superdome became a temporary refuge for the people of New Orleans. The Saints would finish the 2005 season 3-13 culminating in the firing of Head Coach Jim Haslett.
Sean Payton was hired in 2006 and remains the teams current, and most successful, head coach. The Saints also made one of their most important free agent signings in team history by landing Pro Bowl Quarterback Drew Brees to New Orleans. Brees and Payton teamed up to completely change the face of the organization from perennial loser to contender. In 2009 Brees led the Saints to the franchise’s only Super Bowl title, defeating the Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl XLIV. In 2017 the Saints finished the season 11-5 SU and 10-8-0 ATS and look to be a consistent threat, as they always have been with Brees-Payton guiding the way.