Minnesota Dominates New Orleans on Offense and Defense

Slow starts have been a major problem for the New Orleans Saints over the last three seasons. The team hasn’t won a season opener since 2013. It shouldn’t be shocking to learn that the Saints also have not made the playoffs since that campaign. New Orleans started 0-2 in 2014, and 0-3 in 2015 and 2016. All three years, the team has finished with a 7-9 record. Continue Reading

Each NFL Game This Season Will Use RFID Chips in the Ball

There will be something new in each football NFL teams will use this season: an radio-frequency identification chip. The league used RFID chips in kicking balls for preseason and Thursday night games last season. With them, the league could gather infor

mation on how closely the ball passed the uprights to give to the competition committee vital information on if there should be a rule change to narrow the uprights. This year the information from the chips will assist broadcasters with the league’s Next-Gen Stats program, though it still isn’t ready to help with spotting the ball. The chip is as much as 6 inches off in accuracy, which is enough distance to impact a game late when a team needs a first down to run out the clock or keep a potential game-winning or -tying drive alive. Continue Reading

Saints vs. Chargers: What to Watch For

New Orleans will try to break a 10-game losing streak in the preseason this Sunday, Aug. 20, when the team faces the Los Angeles Chargers, which will air at 7 p.m. on the NFL

Network. If the Saints are going to break their losing streak, they might have to do it without quarterback Drew Brees or running backs Adrian Peterson and Mark Ingram. It looks like the third week of the preseason will be the first time that Brees and a few other veterans hit the field. Brees’ absence in the first two preseason games wasn’t a big deal. Continue Reading

Things to Watch for in Saints’ Preseason Opener

Starting this Thursday night, the New Orleans Saints will try to fix the 7-9 record that has plagued the team for the last three seasons. New Orleans opens the 2017 preseason on

the road against the Cleveland Browns. If the Saints are going to reverse the 7-9 trend, they have to fix the biggest albatross around their neck—defense. New Orleans has been terrible on defense for a long time now, and that has shown up in its win-loss record. Each offseason, New Orleans has tried to fix the defense but has been in salary-cap hell due to bad contracts from previous years. Continue Reading

Prescott Sits But the Cowboys Win Hall of Fame Game

There were stars on the Dallas Cowboys helmets but not many stars on the field during the 2017 Hall of Fame Game. Quarterback Dak Prescott, running back Ezekiel Elliott,

wide receiver Dez Bryant, tight end Jason Witten, linebacker Sean Lee and the starting offensive line had the night off. The Arizona Cardinals let most of their stars have the night off as well: Quarterback Carson Palmer, wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, running back David Johnson, cornerback Patrick Peterson and safety Tyrann Mathieu. Arizona started the game with journeyman quarterback Blaine Gabbert behind center. Gabbert helped lead the Cardinals to a 15-0 lead in the first quarter. Continue Reading

Six Players and One Owner Set to Enter the NFL Hall of Fame

The NFL Hall of Fame will open its door to six players and one owner on Saturday, Aug. 5. For the athletes, this is the end of lifelong journey to be enshrined with the best men to

ever play the game. For some, it is the culmination of a dream that began in their younger years, and for others, it started as soon as they hung up their cleats. Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, on the other hand, continues his journey as an owner in a quest to win more one more Super Bowl. Continue Reading

New CTE Study Alarming But Still Leaves Unanswered Questions

The Journal of the American Medicine Association recently published an alarming study on chronic traumatic encephalopathy that found the disease in 90 percent of the football players’ brains that were studied. CTE can only be found after death, and 202 former football players were part of this new study. The findings were scary if taken at face value, with 177 of the 202 former players found to have the disease. Researchers found it in 110 out of 111 NFL players, 48 of 53 college players, nine out of 14 semi-professional players, seven out of eight CFL players and three out of 14 high-school players. This study included several well-known former NFL players such as Ken Stabler, Bubba Smith, Kevin Turner and Dave Duerson. Continue Reading

O.J.’s Pension Could Have Paid Nearly $500 Thousand in Prison

At this point, everyone has an opinion on O.J. Simpson. There is no need to rehash the murders of his ex-wife and her friend or the robbery in Nevada. No one is going to change their mind about how they feel about him. He will forever be a controversial figure in the eyes of the public. A parole board recently granted Simpson parole after he spent the minimum nine years in jail for his 33-year sentence for armed robbery. Continue Reading

Most Quarterback Wins for the Money

Quarterback is without a doubt the most important position in the NFL. Teams throw big

dollars at the position even if the quarterback in question might not be a star. That means players who are just below stardom get paid better at quarterback than stars at other positions. These big paydays often lead to endless debate on whether a quarterback is elite or not. The Oakland Raiders just gave their starting quarterback Derek Carr a major pay raise. Continue Reading

Saints Quarterback Drew Brees Starting Youth Co-ed Flag Football League

While growing up in Texas, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees didn’t begin

playing tackle football until his freshman year of high school. Instead, the record-setting quarterback played flag football. Playing that sport at an early age probably didn’t hurt him in becoming one of the best quarterbacks in NFL history. Now that Brees has kids of his own, he told ESPN.com’s Mike Triplett in an interview that he wants to transfer his love of the game to them in the safer version he played. Brees’ oldest son, Baylen, started playing flag football last year at age 7, and his second son, Bowen, started playing this year at age 6. Continue Reading