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The New Orleans Saints will open the 2008 regular season — and begin their quest for a second NFC South title in three years — by hosting division rival Tampa Bay on Sunday, Sept. 7, according to the schedule released by the NFL on Tuesday.
The schedule features two appearances on Monday Night Football and one appearance on the NFL Network's Thursday Night Football game.
The Saints will host Minnesota on Monday, Oct. 6, and Green Bay on Monday, Nov. 24. The Saints will also travel to Chicago on Thursday, Dec. 11.
The Saints will also play overseas on Sunday, Oct. 26, when they play the San Diego Chargers in London. The Saints have the bye the following week.
The Saints play just one of their first six games against NFC South opponents. After the Bucs, the Saints travel to Washington and Denver before hosting San Francisco, Minnesota and Oakland in a rare three-game homestand leading up to the London game.
After the bye, the Saints face a brutal five road games in their final eight contests, starting with consecutive trips to Atlanta on Nov. 9 and Kansas City on Nov. 16.
After hosting the Packers, the Saints face two crucial NFC South matchups on Nov. 30 (at Tampa Bay) and Dec. 7 (vs. Atlanta). Plus, the Saints will host Carolina to end the season on Dec. 28.
2008 Saints regular season schedule
Sunday, Sept. 7: Tampa Bay at New Orleans, 1 p.m., Fox
Sunday, Sept. 14: New Orleans at Washington, 1 p.m., Fox
Sunday, Sept. 21: New Orleans at Denver, 4:05 p.m., Fox
Sunday, Sept. 28: San Francisco at New Orleans, 1 p.m., Fox
Monday, Oct. 6: Minnesota at New Orleans, 8:30 p.m., ESPN
Sunday, Oct. 12: Oakland at New Orleans, 1 p.m., Fox
Sunday, Oct. 19: New Orleans at Carolina, 1 p.m., Fox
Sunday, Oct. 26: New Orleans vs. San Diego (in London), 1 p.m., Fox
Sunday, Nov. 2: Bye
Sunday, Nov. 9: New Orleans at Atlanta, 1 p.m., Fox
Sunday, Nov. 16: New Orleans at Kansas City, 1 p.m., Fox
Monday, Nov. 24: Green Bay at New Orleans, 1 p.m., Fox
Sunday, Nov. 30: New Orleans at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m., Fox
Sunday, Dec. 7: Atlanta at New Orleans, 1 p.m., Fox
Thursday, Dec. 11: New Orleans at Chicago, 8:15 p.m., NFL Network
Sunday, Dec. 21: New Orleans at Detroit, 1 p.m., Fox
Sunday, Dec. 28: Carolina at New Orleans, 1 p.m., Fox
All times Eastern
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