NFL tickets gave us just a little preview of what’s in store in the 2012 season last night as the NFL Hall of Fame Game between the New Orleans Saints and Arizona Cardinals played out. Take it all with a grain of salt. This is the pre-season and you can’t read too much into one game, especially this type of game, where neither team is going to play starters for any length of time and the rest of the squad is still learning the ropes. But in the brief flash of time when the starters were in I think we can say this:
1) The New Orleans Saints look like they’re going to pick up right where they left off, with Drew Brees leading a precise and efficient offense. Brees completed 4 out of 5 passes in his only drive, leading the Saints to a Mark Ingram touchdown run. Then he sat down and let Chase Daniels take over.
2)For New Orleans Saints fans it’s time to start speculating about whether Travaris Cadet can make the roster. Cadet was a shining star, reeling in eight passes for 80 yards and a touchdown.
3) The new defense under Steve Spagnuolo got off to a good start, nabbing two interceptions and three sacks.
4) It wasn’t so nice for the Arizona Cardinals. Key to their success this season is going to be finding a starting quarterback. But a hard tackle by Sedrick Ellis knocked Kevin Kolb out of the game in the first quarter, after intercepting his first pass. John Skelton took over and had a so-so night, completing four passes for 32 yards.
5) The rookie NFL officials didn’t have a good night either. It’s probably going to be a long season for the Zebras if the NFL and the union don’t find some common ground.Eric Drouant