What a difference a year makes. A year ago the New Orleans Saints were gearing up to take on the Green Bay Packers. The Saints were eager to rebound from a disappointing first round loss at Seattle and the Packers had a jacked up Lambeau Field eager to celebrate their team’s recent Super Bowl win.
Sunday at high noon the 2012 New Orleans Saints regular season kicks off. The opener will be a game of first for a few reasons. The Saints will play a game for the first time without head coach Sean Payton patrolling the sidelines and calling the shots. It will also be the debut of the highly anticipated Steve Spagnuolo defense. Washington will be debuting rookie quarterback and 2011 Heisman winner Robert Griffin III. Finally, Saints fans will get their first opportunity to show the NFL what they think about the Saints turbulent offseason that saw their team be labeled as dirty cheaters essentially.
The National Football League will open its 2012 regular season on Wednesday when the Dallas Cowboys visit the defending Super Bowl-champion New York Giants. The off- and pre- seasons have set up several key story lines for the new season. Here are the 10 burning questions for the 2012 NFL season:
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