You’ve seen the Saints 2022 schedule, now check out the results

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Jamies Winston
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Now that the New Orleans Saints 2022 schedule is set, you want to know what’s going to happen.

How will Dennis Allen fare as the successor to Sean Payton?

How will Jameis Winston perform after knee surgery?

What kind of impact will Tyrann Mathieu and the other veteran additions have?

What about Chris Olave and the other rookies?

How will the Saints do against their NFC South rivals?

Will they knock off the Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams?

How will they hold up against Joe Burrow, Ja’Marr Chase and the rest of the Super Bowl runner-up Cincinnati Bengals?

Will they stay undefeated in international games?

You’ve got questions.

We’ve got answers.

Well, sort of.

Here’s a semi-serious look at how the Saints’ 56th season might play out:

Week 1 (September 11, noon) at Atlanta:
Saints 28, Falcons 3
Tyrann Mathieu revives his “Honey Badger” nickname by intercepting Marcus Mariota twice and returning one for a touchdown.

Week 2 (September 18, noon) vs. Tampa Bay:
Saints 24, Buccaneers 0
Jameis Winston runs over Devin White three times on his way to three rushing touchdowns.

Week 3 (September 25, noon) at Carolina:
Saints 28, Panthers 17
The Panthers are driving toward a potential winning touchdown in the final minute when Tyrann Mathieu intercepts Sam Darnold and returns 100 yards for a clinching touchdown.

Week 4 (October 2, 8:30 a.m.) vs. Minnesota in London
Saints 31, Vikings 23
A large contingent of Saints fans drowns out a small contingent of Vikings fans as British locals join in with their own version of the “Who Dat?” chant: “Whom are those chaps declaring that they will defeat these Saints? Bollocks! Bollocks!”

Week 5 (October 9, noon) vs. Seattle:
Saints 27, Seahawks 17
Alvin Kamara runs for a touchdown, catches a touchdown pass and throws a touchdown pass and gains 187 yards from scrimmage.

Week 6 (October 16, noon) vs. Cincinnati:
Saints 42, Bengals 35
The Saints overcome Joe Burrow’s three touchdown passes to Ja’Marr Chase and two to Thaddeus Moss as Michael Thomas and Chris Olave both beat Eli Apple for three touchdown catches from Jameis Winston

Week 7 (October 20, 7:15 p.m.) at Arizona:
Saints 30, Cardinals 10
Tyrann Mathieu sets a Thursday Night Football record when he has three pick-sixes against Kyler Murray and adds two scoop-and-scores as the Saints rout the team that drafted Mathieu.

Week 8 (October 30, noon) vs. Las Vegas:
Saints 7, Raiders 0
Taysom Hill catches a 25-yard touchdown pass from Jameis Winston for the game’s only points and Marshon Lattimore holds Davante Adams without a catch as the Saints defeat the team head coach Dennis Allen once guided.

Week 9 (November 7, 7:15 p.m.) vs. Baltimore:
Saints 29, Ravens 24
In the Saints’ only Monday Night Football game in the Caesars Superdome, Baltimore appears headed to a 24-23 victory until Jameis Winston throws a swing pass to Mark Ingram II, who eludes Marcus Williams and sprints 61 yards for a winning touchdown as time expires.

Week 10, (November 13, noon) vs. Pittsburgh:
Saints 17, Steelers 0
Marshon Lattimore, Paulson Adebo and Bradley Roby all intercept rookie Kenny Pickett and the Saints shut out Matt Canada’s offense.

Week 11 (November 20, noon) vs. Los Angeles:
Saints 27, Rams 24 (OT)
The Saints prevail in a wild game featuring the NFL’s last undefeated teams. They overcome an NFL-record 22 catches by Cooper Kupp and get into overtime when Taysom Hill runs around left end for a one-yard tying touchdown as time expires in the fourth quarter. On the third possession of overtime the Saints punt to L.A. and recover a Brandon Powell fumble. A pass interference penalty against Jalen Ramsey then sets up Wil Lutz’s 24-yard winning field goal.

Week 12 (November 27, 3:25 p.m.) at San Francisco:
Saints 24, 49ers 13
The Saints pull away as the 49ers offense sputters once Trey Lance leaves the game after defensive tackle Kentavius Street falls on him, causing several rib injuries.

Week 13 (December 5, 7:15 p.m.) at Tampa Bay:
Saints 42, Buccaneers 0
Tom Brady’s last NFL game takes place on Monday Night Football. After the game Brady announces that he is immediately retiring (again) to join FOX Sports after the Saints sack him 10 times, intercept him six times, recover both of his fumbles and he is ejected for taking a swing at CJ Gardner-Johnson. New Orleans wraps up the NFC South title as it heads into its bye week.

Week 15 (December 18, TBD) vs. Atlanta:
Saints 28, Falcons 3
Matt Ryan’s departure to Indianapolis doesn’t prevent Cameron Jordan from increasing his gaudy total of sacks against Atlanta quarterbacks as he brings down Desmond Ridder five times.

Week 16 (December 24, noon) at Cleveland:
Saints 35, Browns 3
Jameis Winston throws five touchdown passes and Deshaun Watson throws none before being replaced by Baker Mayfield.

Week 17, (January 1, noon) at Philadelphia:
Saints 18, Eagles 17
After allowing 244 and 246 rushing yards in losses at Philadelphia the last two seasons, the Saints hold the Eagles to 29 rushing yards. Still they don’t secure the win on the first day of 2023 until Jameis Winston throws a pass to eligible tackle James Hurst for New Orleans’ first two-point conversion in 11 tries dating to 2018.

Week 18, (January 8, TBD) vs. Carolina:
Saints 28, Panthers 17
The Panthers are driving toward a potential winning touchdown in the final minute when Tyrann Mathieu intercepts Matt Corral and returns 100 yards for a clinching touchdown.

Wow, what a season.

Wake me when the playoffs start.

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