Last week, the New England Patriots (4-1) fell for the first time this season as the offense once again took two steps back. For the first time in 52 games, Tom Brady failed to throw a touchdown pass in a 13-6 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. New England's defense played well in the absence of Vince Wilfork, and now will be without Tommy Kellyafter Kelly left the game with a right knee injury. The injury everyone wants to talk about is tight end Rob Gronkowski. Gronk has yet to play in a game this season and with Dr. Andrews still not clearing him to play as of morning, it is unlikely that Brady will have one of his favorite targets on the field again against a very good New Orleans Saints' (5-0) team ( , FOX).
After the Saints went thru a year of turmoil in 2012, the 2013 Saints are running away with the NFC South before Week 6 even started. With Sean Payton back as the head coach, the Saints are a top ten team in both points and yards per game. That is not a surprise when you have weapons to throw the ball too in Marques Colston and tight end Jimmy Graham (593 yards, 6 touchdowns). However, its the defense now led by Rob Ryan as defensive coordinator that has made the complete turnaround. After being dead last in total defense last year, New Orleans is fourth in the league in points per game allowed, giving up barely under 15 points and surrendering no more than 18 in a game this season.
With that being said, here are my three keys to this game in Foxboro:no comments