|2015 New Orleans Saints season|
|Head coach||Sean Payton|
|General manager||Mickey Loomis|
|Home field||Mercedes-Benz Superdome|
|Division place||3rd NFC South|
|Playoff finish||Did not qualify|
|Pro Bowlers||Cameron Jordan (DE)|
The 2015 New Orleans Saints season was the franchise's 49th season in the National Football League, the 40th to host games at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and the ninth under head coach Sean Payton. On November 16, 2015, the Saints hired Dennis Allen to replace the fired Rob Ryan. However, the Saints still missed the playoffs for the 2nd consecutive season. The Saints set a new league record for the most passing touchdowns allowed with 45.
|3||75||Garrett Grayson||QB||Colorado State|
|78||P.J. Williams||CB||Florida State|
|154||Tyeler Davison||DT||Fresno State|
|Week||Date||Opponent||Final score||Record||Game site||NFL.com|
|1||August 13||at Baltimore Ravens||L 27-30||0-1||M&T Bank Stadium||Recap|
|2||August 22||New England Patriots||L 24-26||0-2||Mercedes-Benz Superdome||Recap|
|3||August 30||Houston Texans||L 13-27||0-3||Mercedes-Benz Superdome||Recap|
|4||September 3||at Green Bay Packers||L 10-38||0-4||Lambeau Field||Recap|
|Week||Date||Opponent||Final score||Record||Game site||NFL.com|
|1||September 13||at Arizona Cardinals||L 19-31||0-1||University of Phoenix Stadium||Recap|
|2||September 20||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||L 19-26||0-2||Mercedes-Benz Superdome||Recap|
|3||September 27||at Carolina Panthers||L 22-27||0-3||Bank of America Stadium||Recap|
|4||October 4||Dallas Cowboys||W 26-20 (OT)||1-3||Mercedes-Benz Superdome||Recap|
|5||October 11||at Philadelphia Eagles||L 17-39||1-4||Lincoln Financial Field||Recap|
|6||October 15||Atlanta Falcons||W 31-21||2-4||Mercedes-Benz Superdome||Recap|
|7||October 25||at Indianapolis Colts||W 27-21||3-4||Lucas Oil Stadium||Recap|
|8||November 1||New York Giants||W 52-49||4-4||Mercedes-Benz Superdome||Recap|
|9||November 8||Tennessee Titans||L 28-34 (OT)||4-5||Mercedes-Benz Superdome||Recap|
|10||November 15||at Washington Redskins||L 14-47||4-6||FedExField||Recap|
|12||November 29||at Houston Texans||L 6-24||4-7||NRG Stadium||Recap|
|13||December 6||Carolina Panthers||L 38-41||4-8||Mercedes-Benz Superdome||Recap|
|14||December 13||at Tampa Bay Buccaneers||W 24-17||5-8||Raymond James Stadium||Recap|
|15||December 21||Detroit Lions||L 27-35||5-9||Mercedes-Benz Superdome||Recap|
|16||December 27||Jacksonville Jaguars||W 38-27||6-9||Mercedes-Benz Superdome||Recap|
|17||January 3||at Atlanta Falcons||W 20-17||7-9||Georgia Dome||Recap|
Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.
With the loss, the Saints began 0-1.
Hoping to avoid an 0-2 start the Saints met Tampa Bay, led by new quarterback Jameis Winston.
The defense struggled to stop Winston as his heroics stunned New Orleans' home crowd.
Drew Brees left the game with an injured shoulder. The Saints wound up losing the game, 26-19.
This game marked the first game Drew Brees missed as a Saint due to injury. Luke McCown, playing in relief of Brees, played well, throwing for 310 yards, before trying to hit Brandin Cooks in the end zone with roughly a minute left in the game. Josh Norman made a diving interception to seal the Panthers win and the Saints 0-3 start.
In overtime, Drew Brees, who returned from an injured shoulder, nailed an 80-yard pass to C. J. Spiller for the game-winning touchdown. Brees now has 400 career touchdown passes. It was also the fastest regular season overtime in NFL history, with only 13 seconds being played before the touchdown.
This win would make the Lions the only winless team.
The Saints returned to Philadelphia for their first meeting with the Eagles since their last second victory in the 2013 playoffs, but the Eagles would get their revenge in a blowout. With the loss, the Saints fell to 1-4.
The Saints would upset the undefeated Falcons on Thursday Night Football. With the win, the Saints improved to 2-4.
In a Super Bowl rematch between the teams, the Saints would lead 27-0 at one point. Indianapolis would make it 27-21, but New Orleans would hold on for the win. With the win, the Saints improved to 3-4.
In a battle of passing offenses, Drew Brees threw a career-high 7 touchdown passes. The game was tied 49-49 late in the fourth quarter and the Saints returned a punt for 50 yards, good for the game-winning field goal to seal the Saints 52-49 victory.
New Orleans would lead 28-20 with 7 minutes left, but the Titans would go down the field to tie it at 28. The Titans would then win the game after Marcus Mariota won it with a touchdown to Anthony Fasano.
With the loss, the Saints fell to 4-5.
Traveling to Washington to take on the Redskins, Drew Brees and the Saints suffered a moment of embarrassment as they would go on to be blown out 47-14. Kirk Cousins threw a career-high four touchdowns in the blowout.
A day after, the Saints fired defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, replacing him with Dennis Allen, who would take over for Ryan for the remainder of the season.
The Week 12 clash against the Houston Texans would be no better than how the previous game unfolded, with the Saints offense being held to only two field goals (failing to score a touchdown for the first time since Christmas Eve 2005) and Brees failing to throw a touchdown pass the entire game, snapping his 45 game streak of doing so.
With the loss, the Saints fell to 4-6.
The Saints made history in this game, becoming the first team in NFL history to block an extra point and return it for two points under new NFL rules that took effect that season (prior to this season, NFL rules did not allow players to return a blocked extra point). Saints rookie Stephone Anthony was the one who returned it, with Kevin Williams blocking it. The Saints, unfortunately, would eventually lose in a shootout and dropped their record to 4-8.
The highlight of the game was Drew Brees passing Dan Marino for 4th on the league's all-time passing touchdowns list.
With the loss, the Saints fell to 5-9.
With the win, the Saints improved to 6-9.
With the win, the Saints ended their season 7-9 for the second straight season.
|New Orleans Saints||7||9||0||.438||3-3||5-7||408||476||W2|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||6||10||0||.375||3-3||5-7||342||417||L4|
|5[a]||Green Bay Packers||North||10||6||0||.625||3-3||7-5||.531||.450||L2|
|Did not qualify for the playoffs|
|8[b]||St. Louis Rams||West||7||9||0||.438||4-2||6-6||.527||.482||L1|
|11[b]||New Orleans Saints||South||7||9||0||.438||3-3||5-7||.504||.402||W2|
|12[c]||New York Giants||East||6||10||0||.375||2-4||4-8||.500||.396||L3|
|14[c]||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||South||6||10||0||.375||3-3||5-7||.484||.406||L4|
|15||San Francisco 49ers||West||5||11||0||.313||1-5||4-8||.539||.463||W1|