The New Orleans Saints 2012 schedule was released a few minutes ago. It includes 4 primetime matchups, two at home and two on the road.

The first primetime game will be in New Orleans on October 7th as the Saints host Drew Brees' former team, the San Diego Chargers. It's a Sunday night football matchup on NBC.

Three weeks later the Saints are featured on NBC's Sunday night football again when they travel to Denver on Octover 28th for a machup with the Broncos. The executives at Studio 60 are drolling over the primetime matchup that pits Drew Brees against Peyton Manning.

Eight days later on November 5th, the Saints will host the Philadelphia Eagles in their only Monday night game of the season. It'll be televised on ESPN.

Less than 4 weeks later the Saints will be on the road for a Thursday night rivalry matchup with the Atlanta Falcons on November 29th. The game will be televised by the NFL Network.

The entire Saints 2012 schedule is listed below.

Wk Date Matchup TV Time
1 Sun, Sept. 9 vs. Washington Redskins FOX 1 p.m.
2 Sun, Sept. 16 at Carolina Panthers FOX 1 p.m.
3 Sun, Sept. 23 vs. Kansas City Chiefs CBS 1 p.m.
4 Sun, Sept. 30 at Green Bay Packers FOX 4:15 p.m.
5 Sun, Oct. 7 vs. San Diego Chargers NBC 8:20 p.m.
6 Bye
7 Sun, Oct. 21 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers FOX 1 p.m.
8 Sun, Oct. 28 at Denver Broncos NBC 8:20 p.m.
9 Mon, Nov. 5 vs. Philadelphia Eagles ESPN 8:30 p.m.
10 Sun, Nov. 11 vs. Atlanta Falcons FOX 1 p.m.
11 Sun, Nov. 18 at Oakland Raiders FOX 4:05 p.m.
12 Sun, Nov. 25 vs. San Francisco 49ers FOX 4:15 p.m.
13 Thu, Nov. 29 at Atlanta Falcons NFLN 8:20 p.m.
14 Sun, Dec. 9 at New York Giants FOX 4:15 p.m.
15 Sun, Dec. 16 vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers FOX 1 p.m.
16 Sun, Dec. 23 at Dallas Cowboys FOX 1 p.m.
17 Sun, Dec. 30 vs. Carolina Panthers FOX 1 p.m.