Ari 0 7 3 0 10
NO 7 10 0 0 17
Date of game: 8/5/2012

Recap: New Orleans vs. Arizona

Canton, OH (Sports Network) - With a month still to go until the games count, the New Orleans Saints took to the field in their first preseason game since the fallout from the bounty gate scandal.

Unfazed by the distractions from a tumultuous offseason, the newly signed Drew Brees led his troops on a methodical 10-play, 77-yard touchdown drive in his only series, and the New Orleans Saints downed the Arizona Cardinals, 17-10, in the Hall of Fame game.

Brees was 4-for-5 for 41 yards on the opening march, which was capped off by Mark Ingram's one-yard touchdown plunge.

New Orleans was without the services of head coach Sean Payton and middle linebacker Jonathan Vilma, who were suspended for the entire 2012 campaign by league Commissioner Roger Goodell due to their knowledge and involvement in the Saints' notorious "pay-for-performance" system orchestrated by former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams.

Acting head coach Joe Vitt and defensive end Will Smith were also handed big penalties for their role in the program, with Vitt sacked with a six-game suspension and Smith to sit out the first four regular-season contests. Both are eligible to participate in the entire preseason.

Ex-Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo was hired to assume Williams' post as coordinator, with free-agent addition Curtis Lofton stepping into Vilma's spot in the middle.

New Orleans' offseason also contained a lengthy contract impasse between the front office and Brees, but those issues were resolved when the club signed the triggerman to a massive five-year, $100 million deal just prior to the start of training camp.

The Cardinals entered camp searching for a starting quarterback. Arizona thought it had that all-important position solved when it traded for Kevin Kolb last summer and gave the former Philadelphia Eagle a long-term contract. But he went just 3-6 and missed a good portion of the 2011 season with injuries, enabling backup John Skelton to make an impression by engineering five wins in his seven starts.

Kolb was 1-for-4 for four yards and had his first pass intercepted. He left later in the first quarter with a rib injury. Skelton completed 4-of-6 passes for 43 yards.

The Hall of Fame game, which returned after a one-year hiatus due to last year's lockout, was officiated by a replacement crew who were filling in for the officials who are locked out in a labor dispute with the NFL.

Game Notes

Dorm Report: Muschamp's last stand?

After an outstanding 2012 campaign that resulted in a trip to the Sugar Bowl, the Florida Gators' expectations were sky-high to repeat or even improve upon their success last season.

NASCAR News
Harvick claims Darlington pole

Kevin Harvick became the eighth different pole winner in as many Sprint Cup Series races this season after posting the fastest lap in the final round of Friday's knockout-style qualifying for the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway.

Latest Sports Photos
Latest Sports Photos
0 Votes
a skydiver was injured when attempting to land in a pre game show at the Lookouts opening game on 4/3/2014

0 Votes
SEC Champions Alabama created by artist Ben Teeter S/N C.O.A. available for the dedicated Alabama fan!

1 Vote
first catch of the season looks like a good year

0 Votes
Gina McLeroy Spring City, TN

0 Votes
Our Son Brandon McLeroy MTSU Football 2011 Gina McLeroy Spring City TN

1 Vote
this is James Howard telling Gracie what to do.

0 Votes
Riverbend fun!

0 Votes
I nees a four letter word for the outside layer of a tree.

0 Votes
Cameron is a rising athlete. He has a God given talent for the game of football. This picture is of him stopping the ball carrier in our game in the ...

1 Vote
Our Lookout Valley 9/10 year old team went to a tournament in Knoxville called The Battle of the Rocky Top. They went throught the tournament undefeated and won the championship ...
Featured Partners
www.baylorschool.org/summer
Experience Baylor summer camp - a 70 year tradition of summer fun and adventure. What are you waiting for? Make the most of summer by signing up today!
www.comcast.com/cable-internet-packages.html
Get started at $79.99 a month for 12 months. Plus, get a $75 VISA® Prepaid card.
www.STNS.org
Register now for St. Nicholas summer camp whose mission & purpose is to provide a fun learning experience for children, developing physical, cultural, social and intellectual abilities.
www.bojangles.com
Click here to enter for your chance to win a Bojangles Breakfast Combo. Then, watch WDEF News 12 This Morning for daily winner announcements!
 
Supermarket Guru
From The Archives
Scenic City Roots
Through Irish Eyes
Brand News
Prime Mashup
What's Trending
Stay Connected with WDEF News 12
 
Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.