27 at Atlanta (M)
2 Tampa Bay
(M) Monday (T) Thursday
NFL Rank: 27
Opponents' 2009 winning percentage: .469
Games against 2009 playoff teams: 5
The numbers say easy schedule, with only five playoff foes—but pitfalls abound. The Super Bowl champs open with the Vikings, who'll be out to prove they should have won the NFC title game. New Orleans has a short week to prepare for its Thanksgiving Day game in Dallas, and potential cold-weather games—problematic for the team in the past—loom at Cincinnati and Baltimore in December.