|Last 3 Games||3-0||+3||3-0||1-2||31.7||18.3||411.7||(6.3)||0.7||14.0||8.0||337.3||(6.5)||2.3|
|Offense (All Games)||26.8||15.6||21.2||34:37||25-78||(3.1)||28-40||69.7%||327||(8.1)||65-405||(6.2)||(15.1)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||22.7||12.4||20.3||31:52||25-96||(3.8)||24-38||63.0%||267||(7)||63-363||(5.8)||(16)|
|Offense Road Games||21.0||15.0||19.0||34:18||24-70||(2.9)||27-40||67.9%||288||(7.1)||64-359||(5.6)||(17.1)|
|Defense (All Games)||14.6||8.2||17.4||25:23||20-109||(5.4)||20-33||60.1%||222||(6.8)||53-330||(6.3)||(22.6)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||21||11.1||19.1||29:08||23-88||(3.9)||23-37||61.7%||244||(6.5)||60-332||(5.5)||(15.8)|
|Defense Road Games||16.0||7.0||17.0||25:42||25-127||(5)||16-27||60.0%||226||(8.2)||53-353||(6.7)||(22.1)|
|Stats For (All Games)||0.8||0.2||1.0||1.2||14-6||43.5%||1-0||33.3%||1-24||(20)||2-22||(9)||5-35|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||1.2||0.7||1.9||2.5||13-5||40.3%||1-0||45.9%||2-41||(25)||16-2||(8.8)||6-52|
|Stats For (Road Games)||1.0||0.0||1.0||0.5||15-5||36.7%||1-0||50.0%||1-30||(20.3)||1-2||(2)||3-22|
|Stats Against (All Games)||1.4||0.8||2.2|| ||11-4||35.7%||0-0||0.0%||2-47||(26.3)||2-12||(7.2)||5-45|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||1.2||0.6||1.8|| ||13-5||38.0%||1-0||36.1%||2-50||(26.4)||10-2||(6.3)||6-51|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||0.5||1.0||1.5|| ||11-4||39.1%||0-0||0.0%||1-41||(27.3)||1-8||(5.7)||8-80|
|Last 3 Games||2-1||+1||2-1||1-2||19.7||10.0||351.3||(5.6)||1.0||13.0||5.3||373.7||(5.7)||1.3|
|Offense (All Games)||19.0||12.0||18.4||30:37||28-116||(4.1)||22-39||56.6%||227||(5.8)||67-343||(5.1)||(18.1)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||22.2||11.1||18.9||30:59||26-96||(3.7)||23-38||59.4%||244||(6.4)||64-340||(5.3)||(15.3)|
|Offense Home Games||18.0||15.0||15.0||29:30||28-105||(3.7)||22-37||58.7%||190||(5.1)||66-295||(4.5)||(16.4)|
|Defense (All Games)||14.0||6.6||19.0||29:23||28-116||(4.1)||21-37||57.6%||229||(6.2)||65-345||(5.3)||(24.6)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||19.2||10.3||18.9||30:01||28-111||(4)||21-36||60.2%||229||(6.4)||64-339||(5.3)||(17.6)|
|Defense Home Games||6.5||3.0||16.5||30:29||27-113||(4.2)||17-38||44.7%||207||(5.5)||65-320||(4.9)||(49.3)|
|Stats For (All Games)||0.6||0.6||1.2||0.8||16-6||37.2%||1-0||25.0%||2-35||(22.1)||3-35||(11.7)||4-42|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||1||0.5||1.5||1.9||15-6||38.5%||1-0||35.2%||2-37||(22.4)||25-2||(10.7)||6-56|
|Stats For (Home Games)||0.5||0.0||0.5||2.0||16-5||30.3%||1-0||50.0%||1-24||(24.5)||4-50||(12.6)||4-40|
|Stats Against (All Games)||1.2||0.8||2.0|| ||15-5||36.5%||1-0||14.3%||1-15||(25.7)||1-8||(6)||7-61|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||1.2||0.8||2|| ||14-5||37.9%||1-0||23.6%||1-31||(22.3)||15-2||(7.5)||8-68|
|Stats Against (Home Games)||2.0||0.5||2.5|| ||16-5||34.4%||2-0||0.0%||0-0||(0)||1-9||(6.3)||6-57|
|Average power rating of opponents played: NEW ORLEANS 19, NEW ENGLAND 18.2|
|9/15/2013||@ TAMPA BAY||16-14||W||-3||L||48.5||U||20-75||26-46-296||2||33-160||9-22-113||2|
|10/13/2013||@ NEW ENGLAND|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|10/27/2013||BUFFALO|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|11/3/2013||@ NY JETS|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|11/10/2013||DALLAS|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|10/13/2013||NEW ORLEANS|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|10/20/2013||@ NY JETS|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|10/27/2013||MIAMI|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|11/3/2013||PITTSBURGH|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|NEW ORLEANS: The Saints are a pass-heavy offense, but they feature one of the NFL's most versatile and unique running games. They have a series of looks they can run out of, the most common of which is Mark Ingram behind fullback Jed Collins. They use a series of zone and man blocking schemes borrowed from other systems. Darren Sproles is on the field a lot, but primarily in spread formations from which the Saints almost always throw. Most of his touches will come on receptions. Pierre Thomas is the team's most versatile back.
The return of head coach Sean Payton should be a nice boost for Drew Brees and the passing game. This is a spread passing attack, with a lot of West Coast routes. Brees is most comfortable with Marques Colston, who does a lot of his work facing the line of scrimmage. They'll also use TE Jimmy Graham as basically a receiver 1A, moving him around in formations and having him work underneath or up the seam when the matchup is right. Slot receiver Lance Moore also did more work up the seam last year, though he only plays about 60 percent of snaps. Joe Morgan will take Devery Henderson's field-stretching role on the outside. The Saints are very pass-heavy in the red zone, throwing on a league-high 71.2 percent of their goal-to-go plays in 2012.
The Saints gave up 908 more yards than any other NFL team, setting a league record for futility with 7,042 total yards allowed. They also surrendered the second-most points (28.4 PPG). New defensive coordinator Rob Ryan inherits a defense that recorded just six sacks in the final six games. There are still productive veterans in ILBs Curtis Lofton and Jonathan Vilma to lead the front seven, but two newcomers must have a huge impact right away, former Steelers CB Keenan Lewis, and versatile rookie FS Kenny Vaccaro.|
|NEW ENGLAND: New England is consistently middle-of-the-pack in run/pass ratio, and that should hold this year. Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels' running game is a power scheme heavy on man blocking, and No. 1 back Stevan Ridley is a nice fit. However, Ridley's fumble-itis is an issue. Shane Vereen will get a lot of reps and is a better weapon in the passing game. The additions of Donald Jones and Michael Jenkins and re-signing of Julian Edelman, three solid blocking receivers, suggest they might test the perimeter more often. They also find work for a third back, either LeGarrette Blount or Brandon Bolden.
The Patriots' passing game has become more and more spread. The tight ends, Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez, remain the focal points of the passing game when they're on the field, but both were doubtful for Week 1 when we went to press. Hernandez (legal trouble) is a moveable chess piece while Gronkowski (forearm injury) plays in-line and is often called upon to protect. Danny Amendola steps into the Wes Welker role and figures to lead the team in targets as long as he remains healthy. He'll likely slide outside when they play three wide. Rookie Aaron Dobson has a chance to see a lot of snaps on the outside. The Pats had more goal-to-go snaps than any NFL team last year, and skewed run-heavy with them.
The Patriots finished T-9th in scoring defense in 2012, and led the NFL with 32 forced and 21 recovered fumbles, thanks to a stellar corps of linebackers anchored by LBs Jerod Mayo and Dont'a Hightower. A healthy DE Chandler Jones has Pro Bowl potential, and DT Vince Wilfork is still a monster. The secondary hasn't been good for a long time, but the addition of S Adrian Wilson and the healthy return of CB Aqib Talib will certainly help.|
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER PRO FOOTBALL PREVIEW (NEW ORLEANS-NEW ENGLAND) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
(UPDATES Gronkowski status)
*Saints-Patriots Preview* =========================
By KEVIN CHROUST STATS Writer
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's streak of 52 consecutive regular-season games with a touchdown pass ended last week. He'll gladly accept another streak coming to an end Sunday.
Brady is 0-3 in his NFL career against Drew Brees, who will play at New England for the first time as a member of the New Orleans Saints.
Brady's only win against Brees came just over 14 years ago when he was a senior at Michigan and Brees was in his junior year at Purdue.
Brees has since topped Brady and the Patriots twice with San Diego and once in New Orleans. Brady, though, is focused more on executing the basics with his struggling offense, which could feature tight end Rob Gronkowski for the first time this season.
Gronkowski has been recovering from offseason surgeries on his broken left forearm and back. He participated in practice on a limited basis Wednesday, and there has been little indication as to when he will return.
"Our job is to go out there and score, so we're not doing a great job of that," Brady said. "Our execution has to be a lot better, and that's what we're working on. We're trying to improve in all areas. It's frustrating when we don't score, but we're going to try to do better this weekend."
A year after leading the league in scoring and yards per game, the Patriots (4-1) are 24th in points (19.0) and 18th in yards (343.4) after last Sunday's 13-6 loss at Cincinnati.
It was Brady's first regular-season game without a touchdown pass since Jan. 3, 2010, against Houston.
Five games before that, he played Brees and the Saints in New Orleans and also failed to pass for a TD in a 38-17 loss Nov. 30, 2009. Brees threw five touchdown passes in that meeting, the last between the teams.
While Brady has been without Gronkowski, Brees and tight end Jimmy Graham are more in tune than ever for the Saints (5-0).
Graham leads the league with 593 receiving yards and is tied for second with 37 catches and six touchdowns.
"I'm just blessed to be with such a great quarterback and a guy who has so much trust in me," Graham said.
Brees' next two most frequent receiving options are also not wide receivers. Running backs Pierre Thomas (28) and Darren Sproles (26) are second and third on the team in receptions.
It's something Patriots coach Bill Belichick sees as a part of an offense that makes teams defend the whole field.
"I think they're definitely a hard team to prepare for," Belichick said. "... They attack the width of the field and they certainly attack the depth of the field. They run vertical routes. They run deep seem routes. They run check-downs and screens and those types of patterns, too.
"So you've got to defend from sideline to sideline. You've got to defend from the line of scrimmage really pretty much to the back end line. That's a lot of space defensively to account for, but that's basically their attack."
Defending is what the Patriots have done well this year with the second-best scoring defense in the league at 14.0 points per game.
The Saints aren't far behind in fourth (14.6), which might have something to do with their offense holding onto the ball. Their average time of possession is a league-best 34 minutes, 37 seconds.
"You want to score every time you have it, so we're not purposely trying to create long drives," coach Sean Payton said. "But be efficient with your plays, and if you're winning on third down, for instance, you're staying on the field. If you're turning the ball over, conversely, all of a sudden the drive ends. There's a lot of things that factor into it."
They had the ball for 36:00 in last Sunday's 26-18 win in Chicago, where Brees went 29 of 35 for 288 yards and two touchdowns while not throwing an interception for the second straight game.
The Saints have given the ball away an NFC-low five times and have a plus-6 turnover differential.
The Patriots have given it away just six times with a plus-4 differential, but their drives are stalling.
Brady's passer rating of 80.5 and completion percentage of 56.6 are his lowest since taking over the starting job in 2001.
"I think we'll try to put together any drive at this point to score points," Brady said. "Long, short - it doesn't matter. We've got to score touchdowns."
|Last Updated: 10/22/2014 10:41:52 PM EST|