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Breaking Down the New Orleans Saints' 2012 NFL Preseason Schedule

New defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo will be tested in the preseason.
New defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo will be tested in the preseason.Jared Wickerham/Getty Images
Knox BardeenNFC South Lead WriterApril 4, 2012

The New Orleans Saints will play the Patriots, Jaguars, Texans and Titans during the 2012 preseason. The dates on the schedule haven't been finalized yet, but the Saints know they'll play at home against Houston on August 25 on CBS.

Here's the full schedule:

Week 1 - at New England

Week 2 - Jacksonville

Week 3 - Houston, Aug. 25, CBS, 8 p.m. ET

Week 4 - at Tennessee

Traveling to New England in Week 1 will be a good way to test the Saints new defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo. New Orleans ranked 30th against the pass in 2011 and gave up 4,157 yards through the air. The team is expected to address the secondary and putting pressure on the quarterback in this year's upcoming draft.

For the same reasons, Weeks 2 and 3 against Jacksonville and Houston, respectively, could be interesting. Spagnuolo is known as an expert mind at stopping the run. Maurice Jones-Drew led the league in rushing for Jacksonville last year and Houston will bring one of the best running backs in the league in Arian Foster.

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