Date/Time: August 5th, 8:00 P.M. EST
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Point Spread: Cardinals +3 Saints -3
The start of the 2012 NFL season is officially here! On Sunday night in Canton, the Hall of Fame Game kicks off for NFL betting fans, as the New Orleans Saints begin their campaign against the Arizona Cardinals.
The Cardinals know that this is going to be a make-or-break year for them. They are going to be under the gun in the NFC West, and finishing with anything less than nine wins and a playoff bid probably will spell the end for Head Coach Ken Whisenhunt. Whisenhunt is sort of tied to the hip with QB Kevin Kolb, whom the franchise traded a mint and paid the bank to last year to become its starting quarterback. Unfortunately for Kolb, he failed miserably and battled injuries all last season. Now, it is unclear whether it will be he or QB John Skelton that ends up taking the job to start this year. This is one of the few quarterback battles in training camp that is actually going to be quite interesting to watch. This is going to mark the professional debut for all of the rookies on the team as well, and WR Michael Floyd is the one to really watch. We expect Floyd to be out there for the reps for both Skelton and Kolb regardless of which one goes out there first, as he continues to get adjusted to the NFL game from the collegiate game.
New Orleans is going to have a heck of a lot harder time getting used to the idea of playing in this clash, though. Head Coach Sean Payton is going to officially be missing his first game on Sunday, and he is going to have to get used to the idea of just watching his club on TV in 2012. Payton has been suspended for the entire season. That means that QB Drew Brees, who only just recently got his new contract, will be taking over as the de facto coach on the field for the offense in all likelihood. After Brees is said and done after his drive or two, we expect to see a lot from QBs Chase Daniel and Sean Canfield. These two are going to be battling it out for the right to become the team’s third quarterback behind Brees and QB Luke McCown. We have liked what we have seen out of Daniel as a reserve in the preseason before, and that is yet another chance for him to step up and shine here in Canton on more of a national scene.
New Orleans has the better of these two teams, and we think that it is going to show on Sunday. It’s not often that we really suspect motivation to be a key in a team’s performance in the preseason, but after everything that went on this year in the offseason, we think that New Orleans is going to want to do everything that it can to get back on the field and get something positive going. Plus, we trust Canfield and Daniel in the second half of this game far more than anything else that the Cardinals are going to be trotting out there. New Orleans 20 – Arizona 16
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