Saints to host archrival Falcons to kickoff 2013 season

saints helmetFor the first time since 1986, the Saints will open the season against the Atlanta Falcons.

The NFL schedule was released Thursday night. The Saints have four prime time home games. The Saints will host the Dolphins and play at the Seahawks on a Monday night. The Saints also host  the Cowboys on Sunday night. And, for the second straight season, the Saints play at Atlanta on a Thursday night.

2013 REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE

(All times CENTRAL)

Date                      Opponent                                                                           Kickoff                                     TV    

Sept. 8                  ATLANTA FALCONS                                                         Noon                                       FOX

Sept. 15                at Tampa Bay Buccaneers                                            3:05 p.m.                                FOX

Sept. 22                ARIZONA CARDINALS                                                    Noon                                       FOX

Sept. 30                MIAMI DOLPHINS (Monday)                                     7:40 p.m.                                ESPN

Oct. 6                    at Chicago Bears                                                               Noon                                       FOX

Oct. 13                  at New England Patriots                                               3:25 p.m.                                FOX

Oct. 20                  BYE

Oct. 27                  BUFFALO BILLS                                                                 NOON                                     CBS

Nov. 3                   at New York Jets                                                              Noon                                       FOX    

Nov. 10                 DALLAS COWBOYS                                                         7:30 p.m.                                NBC

Nov. 17                 SAN FRANCISCO 49ers                                                  3:25 p.m.                               FOX

Nov. 21                 at Atlanta Falcons (Thursday)                                     7:25 p.m.                               NFL Network

Dec. 2                    at Seattle Seahawks (Monday)                                  7:40 p.m.                               ESPN

Dec. 8                    CAROLINA PANTHERS                                                    Noon                                      FOX

Dec. 15                 at St. Louis Rams                                                               Noon                                      FOX

Dec. 22                 at Carolina Panthers                                                        Noon                                      FOX

Dec. 29                 TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS                                           Noon                                       FOX