Saints' opening opponent still on hold

ORLANDO, Fla. – I came here fully expecting to find out who the Saints will be hosting in the first game of the upcoming season. That’s not going to happen – yet.

The NFL usually releases a preview of the schedule during the owners meeting and that preview almost always includes the opening Thursday night pairing. But a league official said that will not happen at this meeting. He said the league still is in the process of assembling the entire regular-season schedule and isn’t prepared to release any portion.

The league official also said the entire schedule will be announced in April. The delay has nothing to do with the Saints, the official said. They still are scheduled to host the opening game in the Superdome.

Minnesota, in a rematch of the NFC Championship Game, appears to be the most likely opponent. Atlanta and Pittsburgh would be the other two logical alternatives.