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The 2017 New Orleans Saints season was the franchise's 51st season in the National Football League, the 42nd to host games at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and the eleventh under head coach Sean Payton. The team improved on their 7–9 output from last season, while achieving an 8-game winning streak after losing their first two contests, their longest streak (tied with their 2011 team) since 2009, when they won Super Bowl XLIV. In Week 13 the Saints clinched their first winning season since 2013 and swept the Carolina Panthers for the first time since 2011. In Week 16, the Saints clinched a playoff spot for the first time since 2013 by defeating the Atlanta Falcons. In Week 17, the Saints clinched the NFC South for the first time since 2011 with the Panthers loss to the Falcons. On January 7, 2018 the Saints played their divisional rivals the Carolina Panthers in the playoffs for the first time in franchise history. They beat Carolina for the third time, 31–26 in the Wild Card, but in a rematch of the infamous 2009 NFC Championship Game also known as the "BountyGate Game", fell to the Minnesota Vikings 24–29 in the Divisional Round in a dramatic ending.

2017 New Orleans Saints season
Head coachSean Payton
General managerMickey Loomis
OwnerTom Benson
Home fieldMercedes-Benz Superdome
Results
Record11–5
Division place1st NFC South
Playoff finishWon Wild Card Playoffs (Panthers) 31–26
Lost Divisional Playoffs (at Vikings) 24–29
Pro BowlersRB Alvin Kamara
DE Cameron Jordan
QB Drew Brees
RB Mark Ingram
CB Marshon Lattimore
WR Michael Thomas
OG Larry Warford
AP All-ProsDE Cameron Jordan (1st team)
RB Alvin Kamara (2nd team)
Uniform
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This year was Tom Benson's final season as owner of the Saints, as he died at the age of 90 on March 15, 2018 from influenza.[1]

Contents

OffseasonEdit

SigningsEdit

Position Player Age 2016 Team Contract
OG Larry Warford 25 Detroit Lions 4 years, $34 million
DT Nick Fairley 29 New Orleans Saints 4 years, $28 million
LB A.J. Klein 25 Carolina Panthers 4 years, $24 million
WR Ted Ginn Jr. 32 Carolina Panthers 3 years, $11 million
RB Adrian Peterson 32 Minnesota Vikings 2 years, $7 million
LB Manti Te'o 26 San Diego Chargers 2 years, $5 million
OLB Alex Okafor 26 Arizona Cardinals 1 year, $2 million
DE Darryl Tapp 32 New Orleans Saints 1 year, $1 million
TE John Phillips 29 New Orleans Saints 1 year, $980,000
CB Sterling Moore 27 New Orleans Saints 1 year, $900,000
QB Chase Daniel 30 Philadelphia Eagles 1 year, $900,000
FS Rafael Bush 29 Detroit Lions 1 year, $855,000
RB Travaris Cadet 28 New Orleans Saints 1 year, $855,000

ReleasesEdit

Position Player Age 2017 Team
OLB Kasim Edebali 27 Denver Broncos
RB Tim Hightower 30 San Francisco 49ers
G Tim Lelito 27 Tennessee Titans
CB B.W. Webb 27 Chicago Bears
S Jairus Byrd 30 Carolina Panthers
DE Paul Kruger 31 TBD
SS Roman Harper 34 TBD
OG Jahri Evans 33 Green Bay Packers
CB Kyle Wilson 29 TBD

DraftEdit

2017 New Orleans Saints Draft
Round Selection Player Position College
1 11 Marshon Lattimore CB Ohio State
32 Ryan Ramczyk OT Wisconsin
2 42 Marcus Williams FS Utah
3 67 Alvin Kamara RB Tennessee
76 Alex Anzalone OLB Florida
103 Trey Hendrickson DE Florida Atlantic
6 196 Al-Quadin Muhammad DE Miami

StaffEdit

2017 New Orleans Saints staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

Final rosterEdit

2017 New Orleans Saints final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad


Rookies in italics
53 Active, 27 Inactive, 11 Practice squad

PreseasonEdit

After three years of holding training camp at The Greenbrier resort in West Virginia, the Saints opted to move camp back to the team's headquarters facility in Metairie, Louisiana.[2]

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 August 10 at Cleveland Browns L 14–20 0–1 FirstEnergy Stadium Recap
2 August 20 at Los Angeles Chargers W 13–7 1–1 StubHub Center Recap
3 August 26 Houston Texans W 13–0 2–1 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Recap
4 August 31 Baltimore Ravens L 13–14 2–2 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Recap

Regular seasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

On December 13, 2016, the NFL announced that the Saints will play the Miami Dolphins as one of the London Games at Wembley Stadium in London, England, with the Dolphins serving as the home team.[3] The game will occur during Week 4 (Sunday, October 1), and will be televised in the United States. The network and time will be announced in conjunction with the release of the regular season schedule.[4]

The Saints' 2017 schedule was revealed on April 20.[5]

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 September 11 at Minnesota Vikings L 19–29 0–1 U.S. Bank Stadium Recap
2 September 17 New England Patriots L 20–36 0–2 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Recap
3 September 24 at Carolina Panthers W 34–13 1–2 Bank of America Stadium Recap
4 October 1 at Miami Dolphins W 20–0 2–2   Wembley Stadium (London) Recap
5 Bye
6 October 15 Detroit Lions W 52–38 3–2 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Recap
7 October 22 at Green Bay Packers W 26–17 4–2 Lambeau Field Recap
8 October 29 Chicago Bears W 20–12 5–2 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Recap
9 November 5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 30–10 6–2 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Recap
10 November 12 at Buffalo Bills W 47–10 7–2 New Era Field Recap
11 November 19 Washington Redskins W 34–31 (OT) 8–2 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Recap
12 November 26 at Los Angeles Rams L 20–26 8–3 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Recap
13 December 3 Carolina Panthers W 31–21 9–3 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Recap
14 December 7 at Atlanta Falcons L 17–20 9–4 Mercedes-Benz Stadium Recap
15 December 17 New York Jets W 31–19 10–4 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Recap
16 December 24 Atlanta Falcons W 23–13 11–4 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Recap
17 December 31 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 24–31 11–5 Raymond James Stadium Recap

Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Game summariesEdit

Week 1: at Minnesota VikingsEdit

Week One: New Orleans Saints at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Saints 3 3 31019
Vikings 3 13 31029

at U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Game information

In a playoff preview between these 2 teams, the Saints lost to the Vikings by a score of 29-19. Despite having a 6-3 lead at one time, the Saints were outscored 26-16 for the remainder of the game. With the loss, the Saints began the season 0-1 for the 4th straight season. It was also running back Adrian Peterson's first time playing in Minneapolis since leaving the Vikings via free agency in the offseason.

Week 2: vs. New England PatriotsEdit

Week Two: New England Patriots at New Orleans Saints – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Patriots 20 10 3336
Saints 3 10 0720

at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

Game information

Week 3: at Carolina PanthersEdit

Week Three: New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Saints 7 10 71034
Panthers 3 3 7013

at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

Game information

Week 4: at Miami DolphinsEdit

NFL London Games

Week Four: New Orleans Saints at Miami Dolphins – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Saints 0 3 71020
Dolphins 0 0 000

at Wembley Stadium, London, England

Game information

Week 6: vs. Detroit LionsEdit

Week Six: Detroit Lions at New Orleans Saints – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Lions 7 3 141438
Saints 17 14 14752

at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

Game information

Week 7: at Green Bay PackersEdit

Week Seven: New Orleans Saints at Green Bay Packers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Saints 0 7 91026
Packers 7 7 0317

at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin

  • Date: October 22
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: 52 °F (11 °C), rain
  • Game attendance: 78,380
  • Referee: Jerome Boger
  • TV announcers (Fox): Kenny Albert, Charles Davis and Pam Oliver
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

Week 8: vs. Chicago BearsEdit

Week Eight: Chicago Bears at New Orleans Saints – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Bears 0 3 3612
Saints 7 7 0620

at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

Game information

Week 9: vs. Tampa Bay BuccaneersEdit

Week Nine: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Buccaneers 0 3 0710
Saints 9 7 14030

at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

  • Date: November 5
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (dome stadium)
  • Game attendance: 73,121
  • Referee: Bill Vinovich
  • TV announcers (Fox): Thom Brennaman, Chris Spielman and Peter Schrager
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

Week 10: at Buffalo BillsEdit

Week Ten: New Orleans Saints at Buffalo Bills – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Saints 7 10 201047
Bills 3 0 0710

at New Era Field, Orchard Park, New York

  • Date: November 12
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST/12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: 42 °F (6 °C), cloudy
  • Game attendance: 67,501
  • Referee: Terry McAulay
  • TV announcers (Fox): Kenny Albert, Ronde Barber and Kristina Pink
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

Week 11: vs. Washington RedskinsEdit

Week Eleven: Washington Redskins at New Orleans Saints – Game summary
1 2 34OTTotal
Redskins 10 7 77031
Saints 10 3 018334

at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

Game information

Week 12: at Los Angeles RamsEdit

Week Twelve: New Orleans Saints at Los Angeles Rams – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Saints 7 3 01020
Rams 10 7 3626

at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California

  • Date: November 26
  • Game time: 3:25 p.m. CST/1:25 p.m. PST
  • Game weather: 72 °F (22 °C), sunny
  • Game attendance: 62,006
  • Referee: John Parry
  • TV announcers (CBS): Jim Nantz, Tony Romo and Tracy Wolfson
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

Week 13: vs. Carolina PanthersEdit

Week Thirteen: Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Panthers 7 7 0721
Saints 7 14 7331

at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

Game information

The Saints clinched a winning record for the first time since 2013 and swept the Carolina Panthers for the first time since the Saints' 2011 Season.

Week 14: at Atlanta FalconsEdit

Week Fourteen: New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Saints 3 7 7017
Falcons 3 7 01020

at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia

Game information

Week 15: vs. New York JetsEdit

Week Fifteen: New York Jets at New Orleans Saints – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Jets 0 10 3619
Saints 10 7 01431

at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

Game information

Week 16: vs. Atlanta FalconsEdit

Week Sixteen: Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Falcons 0 0 31013
Saints 3 10 7323

at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

  • Date: December 24
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (dome stadium)
  • Game attendance: 73,188
  • Referee: Pete Morelli
  • TV announcers (Fox): Kevin Burkhardt, Charles Davis and Pam Oliver
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

Week 17: at Tampa Bay BuccaneersEdit

Week Seventeen: New Orleans Saints at Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Saints 14 0 3724
Buccaneers 7 6 01831

at Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida

  • Date: December 31
  • Game time: 4:25 p.m. EST/3:25 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: 71 °F (22 °C), clear
  • Game attendance: 55,376
  • Referee: Walt Anderson
  • TV announcers (Fox): Thom Brennaman, Chris Spielman and Peter Schrager
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

StandingsEdit

DivisionEdit

NFC South
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(4) New Orleans Saints 11 5 0 .688 4–2 8–4 448 326 L1
(5) Carolina Panthers 11 5 0 .688 3–3 7–5 363 327 L1
(6) Atlanta Falcons 10 6 0 .625 4–2 9–3 353 315 W1
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 5 11 0 .313 1–5 3–9 335 382 W1

ConferenceEdit

# Team Division W L T PCT DIV CONF SOS SOV STK
Division leaders
1[a] Philadelphia Eagles East 13 3 0 .813 5–1 10–2 .461 .433 L1
2[a] Minnesota Vikings North 13 3 0 .813 5–1 10–2 .492 .447 W3
3[b] Los Angeles Rams West 11 5 0 .688 4–2 7–5 .504 .460 L1
4[b][c] New Orleans Saints South 11 5 0 .688 4–2 8–4 .535 .483 L1
Wild Cards
5[c] Carolina Panthers South 11 5 0 .688 3–3 7–5 .539 .500 L1
6 Atlanta Falcons South 10 6 0 .625 4–2 9–3 .543 .475 W1
Did not qualify for the playoffs
7[d] Detroit Lions North 9 7 0 .563 5–1 8–4 .496 .368 W1
8[d] Seattle Seahawks West 9 7 0 .563 4–2 7–5 .492 .444 L1
9[d] Dallas Cowboys East 9 7 0 .563 5–1 7–5 .496 .438 W1
10 Arizona Cardinals West 8 8 0 .500 3–3 5–7 .488 .406 W2
11[e] Green Bay Packers North 7 9 0 .438 2–4 5–7 .539 .357 L3
12[e] Washington Redskins East 7 9 0 .438 1–5 5–7 .539 .429 L1
13 San Francisco 49ers West 6 10 0 .375 1–5 3–9 .512 .438 W5
14[f] Tampa Bay Buccaneers South 5 11 0 .313 1–5 3–9 .555 .375 W1
15[f] Chicago Bears North 5 11 0 .313 0–6 1–11 .559 .500 L1
16 New York Giants East 3 13 0 .188 1–5 1–11 .531 .458 W1
Tiebreakers[g]
  1. ^ a b Philadelphia claimed the No. 1 seed over Minnesota based on winning percentage vs. common opponents. Philadelphia's cumulative record against Carolina, Chicago, the Los Angeles Rams and Washington was 5–0, compared to Minnesota's 4–1 cumulative record against the same four teams.
  2. ^ a b LA Rams claimed the No. 3 seed over New Orleans based on head-to-head victory.
  3. ^ a b New Orleans clinched the NFC South division over Carolina based on head-to-head sweep.
  4. ^ a b c Detroit finished ahead of Dallas and Seattle based on conference record, while Seattle finished ahead of Dallas based on head-to-head victory.
  5. ^ a b Green Bay finished ahead of Washington based on record vs. common opponents. Green Bay's cumulative record against Dallas, Minnesota, New Orleans and Seattle was 2–3, compared to Washington's 1–4 cumulative record against the same four teams.
  6. ^ a b Tampa Bay finished ahead of Chicago based on head-to-head victory.
  7. ^ When breaking ties for three or more teams under the NFL's rules, they are first broken within divisions, then comparing only the highest ranked remaining team from each division.

PostseasonEdit

Playoff round Date Opponent (seed) Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
Wild Card January 7, 2018 Carolina Panthers (5) W 31–26 1–0 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Recap
Divisional January 14, 2018 at Minnesota Vikings (2) L 24–29 1–1 U.S. Bank Stadium Recap

NFC Wild Card Playoffs: vs. (#5) Carolina PanthersEdit

NFC Wild Card Playoffs: (#5) Carolina Panthers at (#4) New Orleans Saints – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Panthers 0 9 31426
Saints 7 14 3731

at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

Game information

NFC Divisional Playoffs: at (#2) Minnesota VikingsEdit

NFC Divisional Playoffs: (#4) New Orleans Saints at (#2) Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Saints 0 0 71724
Vikings 10 7 01229

at U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • Date: January 14, 2018
  • Game time: 3:40 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (dome stadium)
  • Game attendance: 66,612
  • Referee: Gene Steratore
  • TV announcers (Fox): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews and Chris Myers
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Healy, John (15 March 2018). "Tom Benson, long-time owner of the New Orleans Saints, dead at 90". NY Daily News. Retrieved 16 March 2018.
  2. ^ Nick Underhill, "Saints to hold 2017 training camp in Metairie after ending stretch at Greenbrier", The Advocate, February 9, 2017.
  3. ^ "2017 London games: NFL announces which teams will be playing". NFL. December 13, 2016. Retrieved December 13, 2016.
  4. ^ "NFL Confirms Wembley Dates for 2017 London Games". NFL. January 20, 2017. Retrieved January 20, 2017.
  5. ^ "Saints 2017 Schedule Announced". www.neworleanssaints.com. April 20, 2017. Retrieved April 21, 2017.

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