Sunday’s contest between the New Orleans Saints and New England Patriots features two of the league’s best quarterbacks in Drew Brees and Tom Brady. Brees is 3-0 against Brady in three career meetings (two of those wins as quarterback for the San Diego Chargers).
The Saints (5-0) are coming off a huge road win against the Chicago Bears last week, while the Patriots (4-1) are reeling after a beating from the Cincinnati Bengals.
New Orleans is arguably the best team in the NFL, ranking top five in offense and defense. Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan’s unit is balling, holding opponents to 14.5 points per game. The Saints’ defense will attack Brady with a variety of blitzes to disrupt his timing. If Brady has to scramble to throw, the advantage goes to the Saints.
Brady is still building chemistry with a new cast of characters at receiver, and his main target tight end Rob Gronkowski is unlikely to play. Look for the Patriots to establish a running game to take some pressure off of Brady.
The Saints are getting back to offensive balance, and Brees is playing out of his mind, completing nearly 70 percent of his passes. With a plethora of weapons across the board, Brees is going to spread the ball around. The key to a victory is better red zone production.
Brees is going to look for All-Pro tight end Jimmy Graham (a flat out nightmare for opposing defenses to cover) all day in the red zone. If the Patriots’ defense neutralize’s him, receiver Marques Colston, and running back Darren Sproles will terrorize them.
New England will play better offensively than last week, but the Saints’ offense will dominate. New Orleans rolls 34-24.