A pair of high profile teams coming off of disappointing Week 1 showings will square off early on Sunday as Tom Brady and the Patriots travel south to take on the New Orleans Saints.
The Pats were exposed badly in their opening match against the Chiefs. Their offense was shaky and their defense couldn’t get any stops at all. Alex Smith did his best Tom Brady impression, while rookie Kareem Hunt shook off an early fumble to run all over the Pats’ stop unit. They were embarrassed undoubtedly, and they’ll be looking for a quick rebound in Week 2.
Meanwhile the Saints were also routed against their Week 1 opponents in Minnesota. Adrian Peterson was already whining about his lack of carries. The offense was stifled and their alleged defensive improvements were nowhere to be seen. The Vikings steamrolled the Saints, and though they’re a much better home team than road squad – welcoming the Pats in Week 2 won’t be an easy feat.
This is a marquee matchup between two high-octane offenses featuring future Hall-of-Fame QB’s. Both the Saints and Patriots need to rebound, adding an extra layer of intrigue to what should be a thrilling opener to the Sunday slate of Week 2. Read on below for a full game breakdown and an official pick for the Saints/Pats.
Patriots vs. Saints Betting Odds:
New England Patriots -6 (-110)
@ New Orleans Saints +6 (-110)
Over 57 (-115)
Under 57 (-105)
Betting odds provided by Bovada.lv
Patriots vs. Saints Pick:
Last week it was all about Adrian Peterson returning to Minnesota for his ‘revenge’ game. This week, the Pats will bring in highly skilled receiver Brandin Cooks back to New Orleans. Cooks had a solid Week 1 showing, but you can bet he’ll be raring to go Sunday afternoon looking to stick it to the team who traded him. The Saints were said to have made improvements – and we were fooled. Until they prove they can mesh and get consistent stops, this unit will remain as one of the worst defenses in the league.
Tom Brady should gash this unit. The Pats’ O-Line did struggle to protect against the Chiefs, but New Orleans has no rushing threat to be concerned about. Cameron Jordan should be easily nullified with the presence of Nate Solder. With time and space from the pocket, expect a bounceback Brady performance to shred the Saints’ porous secondary.
New Orleans also probably possess the worst crew of cornerbacks in the league. Even with Danny Amendola hurt, look for Rex Burkhead and Chris Hogan to adequately fill in with the slot presence. This will further open the deep ball options to the likes of Brandin Cooks downfield. The former Saint will have many positions to hurt his old team on Sunday.
Even though New Orleans themselves possesses a pretty potent offense, they simply can’t keep up with the Pats’ high-octane attack. New Orleans was awful at moving the chains on Monday evening against Minnesota, and struggled in protection as well. Their running game was inconsistent, and the presence of Adrian Peterson seems to be more of a distraction right now.
Betting the Patriots in a big rebound game seems like the logical choice here. Add in the fact you are giving Brady and Belichick additional time to prepare, while Sean Payton has to do the same on a short week – and all factors point to New England bouncing back in a big way. Belichick is 10-2 against the number off straight-up losses since 2012, and there’s no chance New England starts the season off with an 0-2 mark. Look for them to win and win big. The Saints conceded 470 yards to the Vikings, and it wouldn’t be a surprise at all to see New England replicate that on Sunday afternoon.
PICK = Patriots -6 (-110)