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Andrew Lawrence
September 06, 2010
2009 Record: 13--3
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September 06, 2010

2010 Schedule

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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.

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