Will your local FOX affiliate host the New Orleans Saints regular season opener? The Black and Gold visit the Atlanta Falcons for an ever heated rivalry game, and the NFC South showdown is going to be broadcast to a wide swath of the SEC nation. Former Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma is on the call for FOX Sports, with a kickoff scheduled for noon CT / 1 p.m. ET on Sunday, September 11.
And stations from South Texas to the North Carolina-Virginia border will prioritize the game, with all of Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina getting in on the action. Most of Arkansas, North Carolina and large parts of Tennessee and Florida will also be in the game.
It’s not too surprising. Saints always draw large crowds; and as unfortunate as they are, the Falcons often seem to match the energy of New Orleans here. The soccer-mad South East embraces the rivalry as eagerly as the two teams do themselves. So it’s a safe bet that many eyes will be drawn to Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta this Sunday. For reference, areas in green will catch the Saints-Hawks tilt, while those in other colors will receive different decks. Check out the broadcast map on 506sports.com:
And here is your color-coded key:
Red: San Francisco 49ers vs. Chicago Bears
Blue: Philadelphia Eagles vs. Detroit Lions
Yellow: Jacksonville Jaguars at Washington Commanders
Other games airing on the New Orleans Media Market this week include Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals’ home opener with the Pittsburgh Steelers at noon CT, followed by the Kansas Chiefs road trip City to visit the Arizona Cardinals (both on CBS). After the Saints and Falcons close business, FOX will host the Green Bay Packers-Minnesota Vikings kickoff late in the afternoon.
National broadcasts this week feature the Buffalo Bills and Los Angeles Rams (Thursday nights on NBC), the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Dallas Cowboys (Sunday nights on NBC) and the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks (Monday nights on ESPN and ABC). ). We have a loaded slate in front of us. Let’s see if the Saints can throw it all in with a win.