The first preseason game always generates the most excitement from football-starved fans, but this Saints-Cardinals matchup will draw headlines for another reason. It’s the Saints' first game since the bounty scandal that rocked the franchise and led to the season-long suspension of head coach Sean Payton. At this point, Payton’s replacement is unknown (pending the outcome of his appeal), although Bill Parcells and assistant head coach Joe Vitt are two strong candidates. Last year’s Hall of Fame game was canceled because of labor strife between the league and NFL Players Association. —Alex Marvez
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