It could be argued that no position has changed more in the NFL’s history than the tight end. Once primarily a sixth offensive lineman who would catch the occasional pass, tight ends have become key cogs on offense.
It took until after the Super Bowl, but all six NFL head coaching vacancies have been filled. Of the six, Jacksonville’s Doug Marrone is the only “new” hire with any previous head coaching experience, meaning Buffalo, Denver, San Francisco and both Los Angeles teams (Chargers, Rams) are entrusting their teams to rookies.
The Atlanta Falcons are finally living up to their potential. After the final two seasons of the Mike Smith era ended in a total of 10 wins, the Falcons showed signs of improvement last season under Dan Quinn going 8-8. But still, it seemed like Atlanta was better than it showed on the field. Enter the 2016 edition, which sits atop the NFC South at 8-5 with three games remaining.
Arizona returns from a much-needed bye week, as the defending NFC West champions currently sit at 3-4-1 on the season. The Cardinals have been a roller-coaster ride of a team to watch as they have had flashes of brilliance along with some very inconsistent play on both sides of the ball.
The Saints (3-4) march into this contest, having won three of their last four games. All four of those contests had close finishes. They have won or lost every game this season except for one by six points or fewer.