2017 New Orleans Saints season

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 fell to the Minnesota Vikings 24–29 in the Divisional Round in a dramatic ending.

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]

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
Saints 2018 Uniforms - Full Collar Jersey

Offseason

Signings

Pos. 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

Releases

Pos. 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

2017 NFL Draft

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

Staff

2017 New Orleans Saints staff
Front office
  • Owner – Tom Benson
  • President – Dennis Lauscha
  • Executive Vice President/General Manager – Mickey Loomis
  • Asst General Manager/College Scouting Director – Jeff Ireland
  • Vice President of Football Administration – Khai Harley
  • Director of Operations – James Nagaoka
  • Director of Pro Scouting – Terry Fontenot

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

  • Head Strength and Conditioning – Dan Dalrymple
  • Assistant Strength and Conditioning – Charles Byrd
  • Assistant Strength and Conditioning – Rob Wenning

Final roster

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

Schedule

Preseason

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 Final score 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 season

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 Final score 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, England) 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.

Postseason

Week Date Opponent Final score 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

Game summaries

Regular season

Week 1: at Minnesota Vikings

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.

Week 4: at Miami Dolphins

NFL London Games

Week 13: vs. Carolina Panthers

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 17: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Postseason

NFC Divisional Playoffs: at (#2) Minnesota Vikings

Standings

Division

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

Conference

# 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,
    LA 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.
  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,
    LA 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.

References

  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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