Report: Saints to open 2019 season on ‘MNF,’ spend Thanksgiving in Atlanta

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New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) reacts after a touchdown carry by running back Alvin Kamara, not pictured, in the first half of an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in New Orleans, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

(Saints Wire/The Advertiser)- The New Orleans Saints will open the 2019 NFL season by hosting the Houston Texans on “Monday Night Football,” per Nick Underhill of the Athletic.

The NFL typically schedules a double-header for the first Monday night game of the season, so this would put the Saints in one of those two time slots. The later spot is usually reserved for two West Coast teams, so it’s possible the Saints could expect to play in the earlier game.

Because the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears will ring in the new season on Sept. 5 (a Thursday), this would put the Saints-Texans game on Sept. 9.

For the second year in a row, Underhill reports, the Saints will spend Thanksgiving (Nov. 28) with the Falcons, this time in Atlanta.

The Saints hosted the Falcons just last season to headline the NFL’s slate of Thanksgiving Day games, and sent the Dirty Birds packing after winning 31-17. Now Atlanta gets the chance to return the favor.

Additionally, Underhill reports that the Saints will travel to face the Los Angeles Rams in Week 2 of the regular season.

Garland Gillen of FOX8-New Orleans reported that the Saints-Rams kickoff will be nationally broadcast by FOX in the afternoon slate. That costs the Saints a day of preparation before they travel to the West Coast, which isn’t an ideal situation. But it’s good to see that they’ll get an early chance at redemption after the botched 2018 NFC championship game.

The NFL will release the full official 2019 schedule Wednesday night.

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