New England Patriots 2017 Opponents, 5 First Impressions of the Saints


New England remains the odds-on favorite at 9 to 2 to win Super Bowl LII even after its loss to Kansas City, according to Bovada.

Typically, the only moniker with real consistency during the entire five-Super Bowl run in New England is, of course, Tom Brady, whose mastery of Josh McDaniels' offense enables the Patriots to push the tempo or ease up depending on the game situation.

Based on how the week has gone, it appears Brady's words have resonated with the team and it is primed to bounce back in a big way.

Tom Brady now has the worst completion in the entire National Football League through week one, just like we all predicted coming into the new year.

But otherwise Payton said he sees the 23-year-old playing a similar role.

"I mean, you can run your curls, you can run whatever your little route tree is besides the home run ball", Vaccaro said. We have two more days to prepare - three more days then two more days of practice. "When you get beat the way we got beat, I think that sat with everyone for a very long time, and we're going to have to do something about it".

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"I don't know (why)", Brady said. "We'll work our way through it and we'll be ready to go on Sunday". This team really tests you. We've got a big challenge and hopefully we can get to 1-1. So it's a tough environment.

The Superdome is Brees' house, and the crowd in a home opener in New Orleans is going to be a factor. In order for him to acknowledge a change, it needs to occur in a game - when it actually matters. "We'll see here in a couple months where we're at, but we've got a lot of football to play". So it's kind of a thing where, was it a fluke, or are we delusional?

Like this week, Brady wasn't going to praise anything until he saw it in a game. The Saints on the other hand lost against the Minnesota Vikings as well last week, 19-29; despite QB Drew Bree's best efforts with 27 of 37 passes for 291 yards and a touchdown. Not to mention the Saints have finished in the bottom five in points allowed the last three years, including second to last in 2016 and last in 2015. Playing against the Patriots last week, Smith posted the fourth-highest passer rating of his career (148.6) and threw for the second highest yardage total of his career (368), enough to earn AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors.

While Michael Thomas and Ted Ginn give them production and speed on the outside and TE Coby Fleener is a good, productive pass receiver, having that go-to slot receiver in the middle of the field is always a plus and the Saints could have used Snead who is serving a three game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse rules.

The only potential issue the defense could have is its inexperience as a unit leading to some miscommunications like what happened against the Chiefs. "I mean, situational football's always important to us and short yardage and a lot of things that we need to do a better job of".