The New Orleans Saints head to the desert to take on the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday Night Football from the University of Phoenix Stadium.
There has been much critique of games played on primetime this season, especially that on Thursdays. However, this game could be a bit of a change from the norm so far this season. Both of these teams have the potential for explosive offenses and maybe this is the week that we get some fireworks on primetime.
Both teams are coming off tough losses this past weekend and both are in need of a win. Both are 2-4 on the season and if there is any hope of making a run towards the playoffs, wins need to start piling up.
The Saints have been dealing with a ton of injuries to their playmakers and even starting quarterback. Backup Andy Dalton has been serviceable, but this team was meant to be run by Jameis Wiston. It remains to be seen who exactly will play for the Saints in this game but if anything, this team is tough. They play hard and play the right way. It allows them to stay within games and sometimes even squeak out wins without their best players.
For Arizona, it has been a disappointing season to start. There was hope for better results after giving quarterback Kyler Murray a lucrative new contract during the offseason. It has been a struggle to start the year but there is still time to make up some ground.
Star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins is set to make his season debut in this game and should help the Cardinals get their offense going. He gives Murray another weapon to throw too and will open up the offensive playbook. Hopkins may not be the same player that he was a few seasons ago, but he can still change the trajectory of a game. Simply, he can be a gamechanger.
Coming off a short week, both teams know just how important this game is. I think that the return of Hopkins allows the Cardinals an edge here. As well as being at home. Give me the Cardinals to take this game as they try to get their season back on track.