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How to Up Your Food Game for Football Season

August 06, 2018

Pair your fave NFL team with a delicious and easy recipe, and enjoy football season on a whole new level.


By: Rebecca Haber

Tired of the same old Buffalo wings and mozzarella sticks? With football season around the corner, it’s time to reconsider your game day recipes. That’s why we’ve picked out five super simple, team-inspired recipes to complement your football viewing experience. Don’t forget — you can view the scores and stats of your favorite games on the Cox Contour Sports App!

Arizona Cardinals

Although the Cardinals have missed the playoffs two years in a row, they have a lot to look forward to this coming season. Star running back David Johnson is returning after a wrist injury, and while rookie QB Josh Rosen may not be starting, fans are certainly looking forward to his debut.

Be sure to check out this mouth-watering recipe for bacon-wrapped Sonoran Hot Dogs. While the delicious snack originated in Hermosillo, Mexico, Arizona has adopted it as its most beloved street food.

New England Patriots

Ah, the Patriots. The team most of the country loves to hate. After a painful loss to the Philadelphia Eagles during the Big Game, the Pats are hoping for a chance at redemption. Unfortunately, they’ve lost a lot of key players, but with Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski planning to return, the Patriots continue to be a strong contender for the 2018 season.

Whether you’re a lover or a hater, you’ll adore these savory New England Clam Chowder Bites — a handheld version of the coastal classic.

New Orleans Saints

The Saints ranked well in the 2017 season, which is impressive considering the team relied heavily on rookies. But Alvin Kamara and Marshon Lattimore are no ordinary newbies; in fact, they were the Offensive and Defensive Rookies of the Year, respectively. With such strong young players, the Saints could be bringing home Super Bowl LIII.

No New Orleans party is complete without gumbo. Channel the city’s flavorful vibes with these delicious Gumbo-Stuffed Okra Bites.

Kansas City Chiefs

Since veteran QB Alex Smith was traded to the Washington Redskins, no. 10 pick Patrick Mahomes II is taking the reins. Mahomes is a gifted passer, so he could make a real difference as the Chiefs head into the 2018 season. As the team comes off consecutive AFC West titles, they are strong contenders to win the division, but Mahomes certainly has a lot to prove.

Let’s face it, no one does BBQ like Kansas City. Check out this recipe for Kansas City-Style Pork Ribs, and get ready to do some finger licking.

Atlanta Falcons

With Steve Sarkisian taking over as Offensive Coordinator and the team falling to the middle of the pack, the Falcons certainly went through some growing pains in the 2017 season. But it can take a while for an offense to adjust, so there’s certainly hope for Atlanta fans this year. With a strong and talented core and an incredibly young defense, the Falcons have a really good shot at redeeming themselves this year.

Pimento Cheese may have started in the North, but it’s now a Southern staple. Put it in your mac and cheese, slather it on your hot dogs, or dip into it with veggies  — either way, this Georgia classic is sure to be a touchdown.

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