Patriots Poised for Redemption in the Bayou

Swinging Johnson

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 1:56 PM UTC

Wednesday, Sep. 13, 2017 1:56 PM UTC

The New England Patriots storm into New Orleans after getting stunned in their home opener while the Saints hope to bounce back after a loss of their own in Week 1. Let's analyze this matchup and cash another one of our NFL picks this Sunday.

New England Patriots vs New Orleans SaintsPats' Offense Sputters

Tom Brady was like an M-16 without the ammunition last week. He lost top target Julian Edelman in the preseason and just like that, his replacement in the slot Danny Amendola, sustained a head injury that took him out of action in the first half of the Patriots' opening week showdown with the Chiefs. Brady then had to turn to speed merchants Brandin Cooks and Phillip Dorsett on the wings with outlet options Mike Gillislee and Rex Burkhead in the backfield. Four targets and none were on the roster last season. The future Hall-of-Famer had all these shiny new toys but it looked as though he had failed to read the instruction manual.

Ultimately New England wound up losing their home opener by the score of 42-27 and Tom Terrific looked downright bewildered throughout. The 40-year-old legend was a Mark Sanchez-like 16-of-36 with 267 yards with no passing touchdowns - but no interceptions either. It was a vanilla outing for a player who has had a career full of highlight reels. Perhaps another week working with the new talent around him, as well as the added incentive to atone for their stunning loss, will be the cure to what ailed the Pats last week.


High Octane Offenses Clash

When you think of Tom Brady and Drew Brees, as well as their respective teams, you think offense. The case can certainly be made that putting up 27 points against a stout defense like the Chiefs is far more compelling than the Saint's 19 points scored against the Vikings in their 29-19 defeat. The overlooked factor in this matchup is the Saints’ offensive line. Right tackle Zach Strief suffered an MCL sprain and was removed from last week’s contest and is iffy for a return to action against New England. That will be a critical factor in Bress’ protection and ability to get the ball to his targets.

New England’s defense looked suspect last week but let’s not forget that this was the No. 1 ranked defense in points allowed last season, and absent Patriots linebacker Dont’a Hightower, they should again be formidable. I pegged the NFL odds on the Patriots at 6 ½ before the lines even opened and what do you know?! Yes, the visiting Pats are 6 ½ -point road chalk, which is a hook below the magic number of seven, but it has climbed to seven in many offshore sportsbooks so don’t delay. I will lay the lumber and advise you do too while we include New England in our NFL picks in their clash with the Saints this upcoming Sunday.

Free NFL Pick: Patriots -6 ½Best Line Offered: at Bookmaker

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