The New Orleans Saints are set to travel to State Farm Stadium to take on the Arizona Cardinals in week seven’s Thursday Night Football matchup. The Saints have got off to a disappointing start this season, coming into the game with a record of 2-3 and sitting at third place in the NFC South. Arizona has also fallen short of expectations early in the season, entering the contest with a record of 2-4 and are currently last in the NFC West. With both teams slated as playoff hopefuls coming into the year, this is a must game win for both sides. There is a lot of room to make up for the Saints or Cardinals to see the postseason, and they will both come out hungry on Thursday for a win that could get their season back on track.
New Orleans Saints Look to Bounce Back After Close Loss to Cincinnati Bengals
The New Orleans Saints are coming off of a very close 30-26 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. The Saints put together a very solid performance, especially when taking into account that they were without starting quarterback Jameis Winston. Winston was expected to return from injury against the Bengals, however, he was unable to play when gametime game around. Despite this, all signs point to him being able to start on Thursday.
This will be a big step up from last week when the Saints were forced to play a quarterback rotation of Andy Dalton and Taysom Hill. Although Dalton did not do a bad job of managing the game by any means, he is at a point of his career that he can not win a team games.
Looking forward to this week, even with Winston back at quarterback, the Saints will have a tall task taking down the Cardinals. Arizona’s defense has done an incredible job keeping the team afloat while the offense has struggled. However, if New Orleans offense can start the game hot, it will be a tough game for them to lose.
Arizona Cardinals Hope to Get Back On Track After Back to Back Losses
The Arizona Cardinals are coming into the game after taking rough back to back losses from the Philadelphia Eagles and the Seattle Seahawks. Over those two games, Arizona’s defense gave up an average of 19.5 points per game. With all of the talent that the Cardinals have on the offensive side of the ball, there is no reason as to why the they should have lost these games. Even against bad defenses like the Seahawks, Arizona could only muster nine points. This is a very concerning sign, however, the Cardinals will have two players who could have a big impact on the game making their season debut. First, Deandre Hopkins six game suspension is officially over, so he will be able to play out the remainder of the season. Also, the Cardinals recently made a trade to acquire Robby Anderson from the Carolina Panthers. This may be the jumpstart that the Cardinals need to get their season back on track before it is too late.