New Orleans Saints at New England Patriots Preview
The Patriots host the New Orleans Saints in a week 3 tilt this upcoming Sunday. If there is one thing that Bill Belichick preaches, it’s “ignore the noise.” It’s posted all over the facility. For this reason, the team will not be caught “looking ahead,” as some college teams may do the week before a rivalry game. New England faces a Saints team coming off a loss in Carolina, where they made Sam Darnold look like John Elway. This is likely because they are led by one of the most overrated coaches in NFL history.
The pill popping, pedophilia priest pandering Payton brings his team to Foxboro in a battle of the 1-1s. New Orleans did beat the Green Bay Packers week one, but I expect that to be a paper victory in hindsight, as Green Bay looks like a team that has implosion written all over it.
Jameis Winston, once rumored to be a potential QB in New England by a local podcast, comes in off of a 11/22 performance with 2 INTs. He will face a confident Patriots secondary, coming off of a 4INT game, allowing an average of 185 ypg in the air. Look for pressure to come from the front even more so on Sunday, forcing Winston to think on his feet.
Offensively the Patriots will have a similar game plan. New Orleans has the #7 defense in the league, allowing an average of only 66 ypg on the ground. Again, as the late Lee Corso says, “not so fast my friend.” Christian McCaffrey ran for 72 yards last week, with a TD. This was the first true test that the Saints faced against a decent RB. Apologies to former BC Eagle, AJ Dillon. For anyone complaining about Matt Jones’ lack of pass attempts, they clearly do not understand Patriots football or have watched a game in the last 20 years. Each week brings a complex game plan. Some weeks it’s ground and pound, some weeks its pass all day. The first three weeks’ opponents have dictated the offensive game plan.
Although this is Truly not a space for prognostications, this is a Patriots/Over play. Go get ‘em Jasper.
S. Tzu-Pei is an Intern for The15.