The Patriots are looking to rebound from their week 1 embarrassment and to get the 2017 season back on track. Teams that start the year 0-2 have roughly a 10% chance of reaching the postseason (8%-12% based on how far back you look), so the Patriots must come out laser-focused.
QB Tom Brady and QB Drew Brees face off in what is the most impressive battle of the old guns in league history. Hopefully they can put together a strong performance.
Patriots vs Saints Game Overview:
Date: Sunday, Sep. 17
Time: 1:00 p.m. ET
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Venue: Mercedes-Benz Superdome
TV Info: CBS
Live Stream: Watch HD Game Pass
Announcers: Jim Nantz, Tony Romo
Keys to Victory
For the Patriots to secure a win, they need to stop Drew Brees. Their defense can’t allow Brees to have a lot of time. They need to pressure him and outwit the Saints offensive line. They also need to be able to stifle the run and keep the receivers from making plays. It was those mistakes that cost them fatally last week. They need to learn from them and not repeat.
As for the Saints, their defense needs to make big plays. Last week, they fizzled out in the first half and the Vikings took advantage. In Week 2, they need to focus on making key stops, getting turnovers and pressuring Brady. It’s not going to be easy, but they need the same challenge the Vikings gave them to prove themselves.
The Saints offense needs to get back some of its chemistry. Even without Snead, Brees and his other receivers need to be on the same page. As talented as their backfield is, their offense has always been extremely pass-heavy and it’s worked in the past so why change what’s been so consistent?
Point Spread: New England -4
Moneyline: New England -290, New Orleans +245
Both teams are coming off bad weeks and this week is their chance to prove themselves. Can Tom Brady connect with his receivers for his first TD pass of the season? Will the Pats defense be able to stop Drew Brees and company? Maybe Cooks will have a night in the place that drafted him.
There are a million questions for the Saints, honestly. Is the defense going to be able to bounce back from an abysmal week 1 performance? Will Drew Brees play like we’re used to? If Brees can outplay the Pats D, there’s no telling what could happen.
Prediction: New England Patriots: 31, New Orleans Saints: 24