New Orleans lose Vikings home game to London but keep Bengals – Crescent City Sports

The most anticipated game of the 2022 season for the New Orleans Saints will be played at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

That, of course, will happen when the Cincinnati Bengals visit New Orleans.

This was assured when the NFL announced that the Saints will face the Minnesota Vikings on October 2 in London.

This is bad news, good news.

The bad news is that it’s a Saints home game, so New Orleans loses a Dome game in a year where the Saints have the ninth home game after just seven last year due to the hurricane. Ida.

The result is just eight “home” games in 2022 and, of course, with the odd number of games (17) now played with an alternate year format to have nine home games, New Orleans will end up by hosting eight or less of their 17 regular games for three consecutive seasons as will be the case in 2023.

No doubt the NFL and the good people of London will throw a good party and treat the “home” team well, 4,624 miles from home.

No doubt many ardent Saints fans will be making the nearly 10-hour flight, which, of course, will get longer via a connection. The NFL will make an allotment of tickets available to New Orleans Saints season ticket holders.

No doubt the Saints will show up and play hard.

No doubt playing time will interfere with church plans.

The Saints will play at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for the first time, having played their previous two regular season games at Wembley Stadium.

London has been good for the Saints, who have won the previous two games there, beating the Chargers 37-32 on October 26, 2008 and taking care of the Dolphins 20-0 on October 1, 2017.

The Saints have a long history of away games and it’s a successful one, with New Orleans going 5-0 unbeaten in those competitions.

The Saints are 3-0 in preseason games played abroad.

In those preseason games, New Orleans beat Philadelphia 14-7 on August 5, 1978 in Mexico at the Estadio Azteca.

My sister danced for the saints at the time and my parents made the trip too.

It was a financial failure, and the Saints even had trouble getting to Mexico City.

On August 5, 1990, the Saints traveled to London and beat the Raiders 17-10.

My wife danced for the Saints at the time and enjoyed the experience and clearly won their ‘dance-off’ with the Raiders dance team.

On July 31, 1993, the Saints again faced the Eagles out of the country, playing each other at the Tokyo Dome in Japan, with the Saints winning 28-16.

The fact that New Orleans is 5-0 away from home is definitely good news.

So does the fact that the Saints will now host the Cincinnati Bengals in New Orleans.

The Bengals are a hot commodity, having won the AFC and narrowly lost in the Super Bowl last season.

The Bengals have the lame “Who Dey?” vocals, a poor stepson from the original “Who Dat?” Saints fan chant, emanating from high school games in 1970s New Orleans.

The Bengals have tremendous home star power that will make the game the toughest ticket of the season for any Saints game and one of the toughest and most expensive tickets for any regular season game. of the 2022 season.

Former LSU star and Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow returns to New Orleans.

Former Archbishop Rummel and LSU star and Biletnikoff Award winner Ja’Marr Chase returns to New Orleans.

Vonn Bell returns to New Orleans, where he played effectively for the Saints from 2016 to 2019.

The same goes for Trey Hendrickson, who became a bona fide NFL star in his fourth and final season with the Saints in 2019.

Former Redemptorist High (Baton Rouge) and LSU star La’El Collins returns to New Orleans.

Former LSU tight end Thaddeus Moss is expected to return to the state he played for the Tigers.

Former Notre Dame High and LSU star Tyler Shelvin is back in Louisiana.

Former Tulane star Cam Sample returns to New Orleans where he performed for the Green Wave.

Former Evangel Christian and Louisiana Tech star Trent Taylor will be back in his home country.

While the Saints are clearly in love with Ohio State players, Cincinnati is clearly in love with LSU players, with five current Tigers on the roster.

The Saints of Mickey Loomis, Sean Payton and now Dennis Allen have picked seven Buckeyes in the draft in 17 years.

Do you remember Antonio Pittman in 2007? The fourth-round pick was unsuccessful, largely due to the emergence of undrafted free agent and future Saints Hall of Fame inductee Pierre Thomas.

Malcolm Jenkins came in the first round in 2009 and played here until 2013. Jenkins returned to the Saints in 2020 to end his career here.

Michael Thomas and Bell made it to the second round in 2016.

Marshon Lattimore made it to the first round in 2017.

It was Pete Werner’s turn in the second round in 2021.

Now Chris Olave is coming in as a first-round pick this year.

Then there’s the saga of Eli Apple and his bunny ears, another former Ohio State player who played for the Saints.

Those ears will hear more than Rabbit can bargain with Saints fans in a city he publicly mocked after failing to make his mark as a Saints member.

New Orleans fans will no doubt greet its former Saints players and former LSU players quite warmly, if not very warmly, at least initially.

New Orleans fans will no doubt salute Apple.

New Orleans fans will no doubt make the trip to London for a “home” game.

It just won’t be near the number that would make it home in the Dome.

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Raymond I. Langston