Will the Saints win or lose in Week 1?
Since the 2011 season, the Saints have a 7-1 record against the Buccaneers at home. They’ve outscored them 227-124 in that stretch, with a lone loss in 2015. As of Thursday night, Bovada had Sean Payton’s squad as a 10-point favorite. It goes without saying, New Orleans hasn’t won a season opener since the 2013 season (Falcons). In fact, their first three games of the year since 2014 has been quite abysmal, as the Saints are a combined 2-10 in the past four seasons.
The Saints did go 7-1 at home last season (8-1 if you count the Wild Card win against the Panthers), and the Mercedes-Benz Superdome should be rocking with excitement to help fuel the black and gold on Sunday.
How confident are you in the direction of the Saints?
Very confident: 88 percent
Somewhat confident: 12 percent
Meh: 0 percent
Not very confident: 0 percent
Not confident at all: 0 percent
After several killer draft classes and riding the high of last season’s successes, things are definitely looking up for Mickey Loomis and Sean Payton. There’s plenty of reasons to be optimistic, as this team is looking to make the most of what looks to be the final window for Drew Brees to win another Lombardi Trophy. Had this been a poll from last season, there would have likely been some negative opinions.
What is the worst NFL rule?
There’s not much else to say here. The helmet rule is pretty crazy. To put it into perspective, the NFL Competition Committee met just after two weeks of the preseason to discuss the rule. That in itself tells you how bad this can be for the league. Retired offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz had a different take on it, which is worth taking a look at.