Unreliable Defense Suggests 'Over' is Smart NFL Pick for Saints vs. Cardinals

Joe Catalano

Thursday, August 13, 2015 5:16 PM GMT

 Week one presents a tough test for the Cards as they face Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints. Brees will be without his favorite target in Jimmy Graham as Graham has moved on to Seattle.

A More Balanced Offensive Attack
Brees might be forced to go to the run game a lot more without Graham as Marques Colston and Brandin Cooks are listed as the #1 receivers. Colston has been possibly the best Saints receier ever, but has started to slow down a bit. Brees will need to look for other options such as Cooks and tight end, Benjamin Watson. Watson is a veteran in this league and for all of you fantasy leaguers, expect Watson's numbers to skyrocket.

 

Mark Ingram
Mark Ingram will be the main source of offense for the Saints. Last season, Ingram proved that he can be a go-to to back as he was just 35 yards away from 1000 yards and on a passing team. I expect him to get as many touches as he can handle as Brees is getting a bit older and with the loss of Graham. Another player to watch for is wide receiver, Nick Toon. Toon is a 2nd generation NFL'er with a great ability to extend for the football, has great size, and great hands.

 

The Key To Winning For Arizona
So much was expected out of Carson Palmer and he didn't deliver with Cincinnati, but has really fit in well with the Cardinals. He took the Cardinals to a 10-6 season in which they didn't make the playoffs in 2013-2014 and last season, he had a legitimate chance at going deep into the playoffs until a season ending injury.

The Cardinals lineup must protect Palmer if this team is to be a serious contender. The Cardinals have two top-flight receivers in Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd, but Fitz is on the tail end of his prime and he needs someone to deliver him the ball on a consistent basis. He has to be the most underused superstar of all-time.

The Cardinals are primarily a passing team as Andre Ellington hasn't proven to be consistent enough in this league. Ellington ran for 660 yards last season on just 3.3 yards per carry. The running back position is a question mark for the Cards. Look for this game to be high scoring as we know the Saints defense hasn't proven to be reliable and both quarterbacks like to air it out.

NFL Pick- Saints/Cardinals Over 47 at 5Dimes