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Posted: Wednesday, 09 April 2014 2:34PM

Saints release preseason schedule

The New Orleans Saints have announced what four opponents they will face in the NFL preseason:

Week of Aug. 9 (Date TBA) at St. Louis Rams
Week of Aug. 16 (Date TBA) vs Tennessee Titans
Saturday, Aug. 23 at Indianapolis Colts
Thursday, Aug. 28 vs Baltimore Ravens (8:00pm)

READ MORE: New Orleans Saints preseason opponents press release

The regular season schedule has not yet been released, but the Saints will face the following opponents:

At home:

Baltimore Ravens
Cincinnati Bengals
Green Bay Packers
Minnesota Vikings
San Francisco 49ers
Atlanta Falcons
Carolina Panthers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

On the road:

Chicago Bears
Cleveland Browns
Detroit Lions
Pittsburgh Steelers
Dallas Cowboys
Atlanta Falcons
Carolina Panthers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The scheduling formula implemented in 2002 with realignment guarantees that all teams play each other on a regular, rotating basis.

Under the formula, every team plays 16 games as follows:

*Home and away against its three division opponents (6 games).

*The four teams from another division within its conference on a rotating three-year cycle (4 games).

*The four teams from a division in the other conference on a rotating four-year cycle (4 games).

*Two intraconference games based on the prior year’s standings (2 games). These games match a first-place team against the first-place teams in the two same-conference divisions the team is not scheduled to play that season. The second-place, third-place, and fourth-place teams in a conference are matched in the same way each year.  

Beginning in 2010, a change was made to how teams are paired in the schedule rotation to ensure that teams playing the AFC and NFC West divisions would not be required to make two west coast trips (e.g. at San Francisco and at Seattle), while other teams in their division had none (e.g. at St. Louis and at Arizona).

NFL Kickoff 2014 Weekend will begin on Thursday night, Sept. 4, and the regular season will conclude on Dec. 28.
Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona will be played on Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015.

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