The New Orleans Saints will face four AFC
opponents in their 2013 preseason schedule, including one contest at Houston
that will be televised nationally on Sunday afternoon, August 25 by FOX Sports.
The Saints game at Houston marks the fourth
consecutive season the team will appear on a nationally televised broadcast. In
2012, the Saints defeated the Arizona Cardinals in the Hall of Fame game 17-10
and also upended the Houston Texans 34-27.
In their preseason opener, the Saints will
host the Kansas City Chiefs at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. On September 23,
2012, the Chiefs defeated the Saints 27-24 in overtime at the Mercedes-Benz
Superdome. This will be the first time the Saints have hosted the Chiefs in the
preseason since 1997. New Orleans owns a 5-4 lead in the preseason series. The
contest will also mark the Chiefs debut of Kansas City head coach Andy Reid.
In the second week of the
preseason, the Saints will host the Oakland Raiders at the Mercedes-Benz
Superdome. This will be the first time that the Saints have hosted the Raiders
in the preseason, with the Saints holding a 3-2 edge in contests played in
London, England and Oakland. The Saints defeated the Raiders, 38-17, last
season on November 18 at O.co Coliseum.
New Orleans travels to face the Texans
at Reliant Stadium on Sunday, August 25 in a contest nationally televised on
FOX (WVUE FOX-8 locally). Kickoff is 3:00 p.m. CT. The Saints and Texans have
played each other every preseason since 2008, with the clubs splitting both
their regular season (2-2) and preseason (3-3) meetings. In the 2012 nationally
televised, prime-time meeting, the Saints scored a touchdown late in the fourth
quarter for the 34-27 win.
New Orleans will visit Sun Life
Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. for the first time since capturing Super Bowl
XLIV to face the Dolphins for their final preseason game. The Saints and
Dolphins have played 20 times in the preseason with the Dolphins holding a 13-7
edge. The two clubs will also meet in the regular season at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
New Orleans went 2-3 in the 2012
preseason, having won at least two contests in every preseason since 2007.
The three games that are not
nationally televised will be regionally televised on CST, with all four games
on WVUE FOX-8. All games can be heard on the New Orleans Saints Radio Network
(WWL 870 AM and 105.3 FM locally).
The dates and times of the Kansas City, Oakland and Miami
games will be announced at a later date.