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From the New Orleans Saints media:
The New Orleans Saints will open the season by facing the Green Bay Packers. The two teams will meet at 3:25 p.m. CT Sunday, September 12 at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Fla., a temporary relocation of the contest necessary for the host Saints as the greater New Orleans region recovers from Hurricane Ida, which made landfall on Sunday, August 29. In the midst of hurricane recovery and municipalities restoring services, the Saints moved their football operation to the Dallas-Fort Worth area to prepare for their opener. Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews and Tom Rinaldi will have the call on FOX in a contest that will be broadcast in the majority of the nation. Mike Hoss and Deuce McAllister will bring life to the game on radio through WWL, while Mario Jerez, Juan Carlos Ramos and Victor Quinonez will present the game in Spanish on KGLA.
The Saints have a 19-35 all-time record in season openers, but will be seeking to win three straight openers for the second time in franchise history on Sunday (2008- 10). This is the third time the Saints and Packers have faced off in a Season opener. New Orleans dropped the 1977 opener 24-20 to the Packers in the Superdome. Green Bay upended New Orleans 42-34 in the 2011 season opener at Lambeau Field. Sunday’s contest will be the 28th meeting between New Orleans and Green Bay, with the Packers leading the all-time series 17-9. Saints Head Coach Sean Payton has posted a 4-2 record against the Packers. The New Orleans Saints took another step forward under Payton in 2020, persevering through the COVID-19 pandemic to win their fourth consecutive NFC South division title.
New Orleans will face similar challenges at the start of the 2021 season as they will have dealt with the after-effects of Ida. The resolve that they showed in 2020 despite injuries at the quarterback, wide receiver and cornerback positions will be needed in 2021. After starting the 2020 campaign 1-2, two overtime wins and a three straight victories without their starting quarterback during a nine-game winning streak showed what the Saints are made of. A 6-2 road record displayed their persistence, which will be necessary when they play a home game at a neutral site on Sunday against the 2020 NFC Championship finalists.
Following Sunday’s contest, the Saints will open the road portion of their regular season at Carolina on Sept. 19 followed by a trip to New England on Sept. 26.
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