According to experts from The Weather Channel, Tropical Storm Ida could make landfall on the northern United States Gulf Coast as a major hurricane at some point Sunday night. As things currently stand, the New Orleans Saints are scheduled to host the Arizona Cardinals in the preseason finale for those clubs on Saturday evening beginning at 7:00 pm local time.
The Saints addressed the status of the game Thursday in a statement shared by Charean Williams of Pro Football Talk:
“We are monitoring Tropical Storm Ida and will have more definitive information tomorrow (Friday) morning from which we can make the safest decision possible relative to the game on Saturday. We are in touch with city officials, the National Weather Service, Homeland Security and the NFL.”
The contest may not be entirely meaningless for the Saints, as head coach Sean Payton still hasn’t publicly named a starting quarterback between Jameis Winston and Taysom Hill. In fact, Rod Walker of NOLA.com noted “Hill probably had a slightly better overall day” of the two on Thursday after Winston “won” the gig in the eyes of many observers via a tremendous performance against the Jacksonville Jaguars this past Monday night.
If nothing else, the NFL and both clubs should agree to move Saturday’s Cardinals-Saints game up by several hours to ensure the Cards can safely return to Arizona before the storm becomes more than just a concern.