smell that? No, it’s not that, it’s football, and it’s back. Well, sort of.
preseason kicks off this weekend at the Hall of Fame game from Canton, OH, as
the Arizona Cardinals face off against the New Orleans Saints.
Odds favor the Saints by -3 in this one, and even though it’s a preseason game,
it’s a sight for sore eyes for those of us who haven’t seen an NFL game since
case, NFL bettors are probably chomping at the bit trying to get some action on
this game. On paper, it may look like the Saints will run away with this one.
They might. However, the Cardinals have a lot more questions surrounding them
this preseason, which means that they may play their starting unit a bit more
then the Saints will, which could mean that they will win. For the first time
since January, I’m here to give you my NFL Pick on the first somewhat real NFL
game in the last six months.
Sean Payton is watching
Saints have been the center of one of the most drama filled NFL off seasons in
recent history. If you don’t count the lockout, which was both parties
squabbling over money, the last time we had this much player drama was back
when Michael Vick got busted for dog fighting.
are coming into this season with a chip on their shoulder. Everyone seems to be
writing them off. This is still one of the best teams in the NFC, regardless of
their situation. What better way to give Roger Goddell a big fat middle finger
than to win the Super Bowl? I honestly would like to see it if it wasn’t for me
being a Bears fan.
Saints don’t have much to do during this game, and that is why I don’t think
they will play their starters much more than a few series. However, they could
just stick it to the man, and show everyone they are still to be feared.
QB battle, take one
Cardinals are a weird team. Ever since the Kurt Warner days, they have still
had a good team, they just under-perform. This season looks to be another dull
and disappointing season, as they have a quarterback battle brewing between the
highly paid Kevin Kolb, and the over-performing back up, John Skelton.
don’t think we will see a large amount of either in this game, I think most of
the first half will be devoted to getting their first look at which one does
well in facing a Saints team that blitzes a lot.
sure which one will get the job. I do think the Cardinals want Kevin Kolb to
win it just because they paid him so much guaranteed money. However, as I’ve
stated before about this QB battle, eventually, winning trumps money every time.
The Sharp Pick
know the preseason doesn’t mean anything, especially the first game. Most
coaches put more of a premium on the second or third, but not the first and the
last. In this game’s case, it looks like easy money to take the Saints and lay
the points. They may have motivation on their side, but they know that Super
Bowls are not won in the preseason.
Cardinals on the other hand have to decide rather quickly what quarterback they
want. With that being said, I think taking the points with Arizona in this
situation brings about good value. They have more to uncover, which means their
main players will play a little more.
My NFL Pick: Cardinals +3