Saints to host Vikings and Dolphins, visit Chargers and Jets in 2019 preseason

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Drew Brees
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The New Orleans Saints have announced their opponents for the 2019 preseason.

New Orleans will play their first preseason contest at home for the first time since 2013 when they host the Minnesota Vikings at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. This will be the first time that the Saints play the Vikings in the preseason since a 28-21 loss at San Antonio’s Alamodome on Aug. 11, 2001. It will be the first time they have hosted the Vikings in the preseason since a 16-13 win on Aug. 23, 1996. The Saints have a 7-4 preseason edge over the Vikings. They defeated Minnesota in Week Eight of the 2018 regular season, 30-20 on Oct. 28 at U.S. Bank Stadium. The Saints are 26-26 in preseason openers all-time after defeating Jacksonville 24-20 in the 2018 opener.

In Week Two, the Saints will head west to face the Los Angeles Chargers at the ROIKiT Field at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Calif., the third consecutive preseason the teams will face off in Southern California. The contest will be played on Sunday, Aug. 18 at 3 p.m. CT and will be nationally televised on CBS. The Saints defeated the Chargers 36-7 on Aug. 25, 2018. The Saints-Chargers preseason series is tied 4-4.

In Week Three, New Orleans will be the road team for the second consecutive week and play the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. The Saints have a 4-4 preseason record against the Jets, who they will play in the preseason for the first time since 2004.

The Saints will close out the preseason at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome against the Miami Dolphins prior to the roster cutdown to 53 players. It will be the fourth consecutive year that New Orleans finishes the preseason at home. The Dolphins lead the all-time preseason series 14-7. The 21 meetings between the two teams in the preseason are the second-most by a Saints preseason opponent to the 30 with the Tennessee Titans/Houston Oilers franchise.

The Vikings, Jets and Dolphins preseason contests will be broadcast regionally on Raycom, available in the New Orleans area on FOX 8 WVUE. All four games can be heard on the Saints Radio Network, in the New Orleans area on WWL Radio (870 AM and 105.3 FM). Exact dates and kickoff times for the Minnesota, Jets and Miami contests will be announced in the near future.

NFL Network will provide extensive coverage of the NFL preseason, including live or re-aired broadcasts of all 65 games.

The following is the complete 2019 NFL preseason national television, week-by-week and team-by-team schedule:

(All times Eastern)


Thursday, August 1 (NFL/Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio)
Denver Broncos vs Atlanta Falcons NBC (8:00 PM)

Preseason Week 2 (August 15-19)

Thursday, August 15 Oakland Raiders at Arizona Cardinals ESPN (8:00 PM)
Sunday, August 18 New Orleans Saints at LA Chargers CBS (4:00 PM)
Sunday, August 18 Seattle Seahawks at Minnesota Vikings FOX (8:00 PM)
Monday, August 19 San Francisco 49ers at Denver Broncos ESPN (8:00 PM)

Preseason Week 3 (August 22-25)

Thursday, August 22 Jacksonville Jaguars at Miami Dolphins FOX (8:00 PM)
Friday, August 23 Buffalo Bills at Detroit Lions CBS (8:00 PM)
Sunday, August 25 Pittsburgh Steelers at Tennessee Titans NBC (8:00 PM)


*Denver vs Atlanta (NBC)

WEEK 1 – AUGUST 8-12
NY Jets at NY Giants
Tennessee at Philadelphia
Carolina at Chicago
New England at Detroit
Houston at Green Bay
Minnesota at New Orleans
LA Chargers at Arizona
Dallas at San Francisco
Denver at Seattle
Indianapolis at Buffalo
Atlanta at Miami
Jacksonville at Baltimore
Washington at Cleveland
Tampa Bay at Pittsburgh
Cincinnati at Kansas City
LA Rams at Oakland

WEEK 2 – AUGUST 15-19
Chicago at NY Giants
Cincinnati at Washington
Seattle at Minnesota (FOX, 8/18)
NY Jets at Atlanta
Buffalo at Carolina
Miami at Tampa Bay
Oakland at Arizona (ESPN, 8/15)
Dallas at LA Rams++
Green Bay at Baltimore
Kansas City at Pittsburgh
Detroit at Houston
Cleveland at Indianapolis
Philadelphia at Jacksonville
New England at Tennessee
San Francisco at Denver (ESPN, 8/19)
New Orleans at LA Chargers (CBS, 8/18)

WEEK 3 – AUGUST 22-25
Houston at Dallas
Baltimore at Philadelphia
Buffalo at Detroit (CBS, 8/23)
Arizona at Minnesota
Washington at Atlanta
Cleveland at Tampa Bay
Denver at LA Rams
Jacksonville at Miami (FOX, 8/22)
Carolina at New England
New Orleans at NY Jets
NY Giants at Cincinnati
Chicago at Indianapolis
Pittsburgh at Tennessee (NBC, 8/25)
San Francisco at Kansas City
Green Bay vs Oakland+
Seattle at LA Chargers

WEEK 4 – AUGUST 29-30
Tampa Bay at Dallas
Baltimore at Washington
Tennessee at Chicago
Kansas City at Green Bay
Pittsburgh at Carolina
Miami at New Orleans
LA Chargers at San Francisco
Oakland at Seattle
Minnesota at Buffalo
NY Giants at New England
Philadelphia at NY Jets
Indianapolis at Cincinnati
Detroit at Cleveland
LA Rams at Houston
Atlanta at Jacksonville
Arizona at Denver

* NFL/Hall of Fame Game, Canton, Ohio
+ Site to be determined
++ Honolulu, HI

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