Saints given 3 night games

Saints wide receiver Marques Colston (12) tires to shake off Cardinals inside linebacker Karlos Dansby (56) during their meeting back in 2013. The two teams will open the 2015 regular season in Arizona in September.(Photo: Paul Kieu/The Advertiser)

The New Orleans Saints will be featured in at least three prime time nationally-televised games during the regular season – all of them at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome – as the NFL announced the 2015 schedule Tuesday evening.

For the second straight season, the Saints will also open on the road when they play the Arizona Cardinals at 3:05 p.m. on Sept. 8 at University of Phoenix Stadium.

The Saints will make their prime time debut in 2015 on NBC’s Sunday Night Football against a familiar foe in the Dallas Cowboys. at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 4. It’ll be the fourth Sunday Night meeting between the two in the Sean Payton era and fifth overall. New Orleans won 42-17 in 2006, 49-17 in 2013, but the Cowboys won 38-17 in 2014.

The Saints will then continue their tradition of playing Atlanta on Thursday night on Oct. 15, but this time it’ll be in New Orleans after trips to Atlanta in 2012 and 2013. New Orleans will then host Detroit on Monday Night Football on Dec. 21.

Six of the Saints’ 16 games will be against teams that finished with a winning percentage of .500 or better in 2014, with games against five playoff opponents – Arizona, Carolina, Dallas, Detroit and Indianapolis. New Orleans will play each of their NFC South rivals twice and will play one game each against each of the NFC East and AFC South teams.

2015 Saints Schedule

PRESEASON

Aug. 13, At Ravens, 6:30

Aug. 22, PATRIOTS, TBA

Aug. 30, TEXANS, 3 p.m. (FOX)

Sept. 3, at Packers, 6 p.m.

REGULAR SEASON

Sept. 13, at Cardinals, 3:05 (FOX)

Sept. 20, BUCCANEERS, Noon (FOX)

Sept. 27, at Panthers, Noon (FOX)

Oct. 4, COWBOYS, 7:30 (NBC)

Oct. 11, at Eagles, Noon (FOX)

Oct. 15, FALCONS, 7:25 p.m. (CBS/NFLN)

Oct. 25, at Colts, Noon (FOX)

Nov. 1, GIANTS, Noon (FOX)

Nov. 8, TITANS, Noon (CBS)

Nov. 15, at Redskins Noon (FOX)

Nov. 22 BYE

Nov. 29, at Texans, Noon (FOX)

Dec. 6, PANTHERS, Noon (FOX)

Dec. 13, at Buccaneers, Noon (FOX)

Dec. 21, LIONS, 7:30, (ESPN)

Dec. 27, JAGUARS, Noon (CBS)

Jan. 3, at Falcons, Noon, (FOX)

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