Time For The Saints To Take The Field
Well, many Saints fans have been waiting for this weekend for many months now, and this Sunday the wait is over. The Saints will be playing the season opener at home against the Washington Redskins with the intention of getting past this rough and rocky offseason.
During this offseason, the Saints dealt with head coach Sean Payton being suspended for the entire season, a conviction of having a bounty program instituted that caused multiple suspensions of players and coaching staff alike, and quaterback Drew Brees in a very long litigation period in which he wasn't signed by contract to the team. Many fans never lost hope that this team will still be better than ever and truly may take the season all the way to championship.
This year, the Superbowl happens to be held in the New Orleans Superdome, and this is considered a bad thing by many football fans by being known as a curse for a home team. The curse is suspected of affecting home teams by not allowing them to play in the Superbowl if the game is held in their home stadium. If the Saints break the curse and play in the Superbowl this year, it will be the first in the history of the NFL.
The depth chart for the team is still in question as a few players are injured or suspended, but for certain, Drew Brees will take his position as QB, Pierre Thomas will be the lead running back along with Darren Sproles, Mark Ingram, and Chris Ivory. Devery Henderson and Marques Colston will be the primary wide receivers along with Courtney Roby and Lance Moore and primary tight end Jimmy Graham.
"I think they (Saints) are gonna crush them." says ESPN 1420's Steve Peloquin.
The game kicks off Sunday at noon and will be on Fox and on 97.3 The Dawg.