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How To Bet On Saints Cardinals - Saints And Cardinals Face Challenges In Hall of Fame Game Opener

Posted by Tony Bryant on 7/31/2012 6:23:04 PM

The New Orleans Saints, rocked to their core by the "BountyGate" scandal that consumed their offseason, will finally take to the field and attempt to put their woes behind them on Sunday.

NFL Hall of Fame Game – Canton, Ohio
Arizona Cardinals vs. New Orleans Saints - Sunday, August 5   
Sports betting line: No line

Why Arizona Will Win

No matter what you might think of these two rosters, it's hard – especially in a preseason opener and even more particularly in an early "fifth game" (these two teams will play five preseason games due to this added contest) – to tether a prediction to an assessment of raw talent. This is part of the larger process of making a bet on this game in Ohio. The Saints will not be taking the field with regular coach Sean Payton, suspended for one year in the wake of "BountyGate." Joe Vitt will lead them onto the field in Canton, and one has to wonder if Vitt will be able to rally his team this weekend.
The Saints are a team that's been hit hard by various suspensions to both players and executives. They know that they're not going to be playing with a full deck this season, making it hard for them to believe that a Super Bowl run is actually a legitimate possibility. There is a real chance that New Orleans will still be depressed as it walks through the tunnel and steps onto the gridiron this weekend. This psychological dimension is precisely the thing that makes this game so difficult to predict, but it could very well cut against the Saints.  

Football is a sport that requires maximum attention to detail and an awareness of one's surroundings at all times. Will New Orleans really be able to focus with the totality it needs on Sunday night? Will the Saints really have their minds on every single nuanced aspect of competition, or will they merely go through the motions? It's quite possible that New Orleans will treat this game as a break from off-field nightmares, and nothing more.

Why New Orleans Will Win

When engaged in the process of NFL betting, one should always be able and willing to come back to a few basic facts. First, Kevin Kolb, the quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals, is simply not an accomplished NFL signal caller. Kolb is a player who is surrounded by a lot of question marks. He could be the future for the Cardinals, but he has not yet proven that he is the answer for his new team, which took him in after his stint in Philadelphia did not work out. Arizona might have the better receivers in this game, but it's a testament to the talent levels of these two teams that New Orleans, even with all of its suspensions, is seen as superior to Arizona. The Saints have more weapons and more quality than the Cardinals. That's what generally wins games.

Who Will Win

It’s tempting to pick Arizona, but the verdict here is that New Orleans will be angry when it puts on the helmets and the shoulder pads. The Saints will play with passion, and that means they'll win.

NFL Football Betting Pick: New Orleans


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