TV Schedule: Sunday, Oct. 13, 4:25 p.m. ET, FOX
Stadium: Gillette Stadium
Weather: High 66, Low 46
Line: New England (-1)
In quite possibly their toughest test of the season, the New Orleans Saints will hit the road to take on the New England Patriots, putting their 5-0 record on the line. Drew Brees has had a great start to his season and is competing for the most passing yards in the league, per usual. Brees is completing 70 percent of his passes for 1,722 yards and 12 touchdowns this season, hitting superstar tight end Jimmy Graham 37 times for 593 yards and six touchdowns. I bet no one saw this kind of production from the tight end who has been solid throughout his career, but Brees is the perfect quarterback for him. The run game has not been impressive this season thus far, but Darren Sproles can catch balls out of the backfield and has a total of 411 yards and two scores in the run and receiving game.
On the other side of the field, the Patriots are 4-1 at the moment and have won those games with very limited production on the offensive side of the ball. Tom Brady is having an off-year under his standards, passing for just 1,211 yards and seven touchdowns through five games. Julian Edelman has been his favorite target through five weeks, catching 36 passes for 354 yards — taking over the Wes Welker duties while Danny Amendola has been hurt. However, Amendola is back and tight end Rob Gronkowski will be returning this week to give Brady the extra help that he needs. LeGarrette Blount has stepped up in the run game, carrying the ball 46 times for 206 yards and one touchdown.
Defensively, the Patriots rank in the dead-middle of all NFL teams in terms of yards allowed per game with 345 per game. However, they also have the second-best defense in terms of keeping teams out of the endzone, allowing just 14 points per game. The Saints have had the most improved defense in the league from a season ago thanks to Rob Ryan. As one of the worst defenses of all time in 2012, a change needed to be made — and it has been. The Saints ranks 12th in the league in yards allowed a year after owning the worst defense in the league.
PREDICTION: Saints 27, Patriots 35