Scouting Ahead: New Orleans Saints

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Scouting Ahead: New Orleans Saints

The Patriots will travel to New Orleans as Brandin Cooks will look to have a big game against the Saints, his former team. The game will be played in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and can be viewed on CBS (WWL-4). He completed 16 of 36 passes (44 percent) with no touchdowns on a night in which the Pats were outscored 21-0 in the fourth quarter. New England might have stunk against Kansas City, but their secondary can still cover and a beat up Saints offensive line is probably the flawless cure for their struggling pass rush.

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For most players on the New England Patriots, the 2017 Fantasy Football season didn't get off to a great start this season. People don't necessarily appreciate his impact and how the loss of him for the year dramatically affects even a championship team. Peterson signed with the Saints in the offseason, after meeting with New England first, and is more than capable of taking the game over on his own. Their last matchup was the infamous game in which Patriots radio broadcaster Scott Zolak declared that "Brady was back!" Brees threw five touchdowns to five different receivers, including a 75-yard score to Devery Henderson. Why would Brady say things have changed when they have had just one practice since the debacle? It is always about consistency, dependability.

Our models rank Gronkowski as the top tight end in Week 2. "Although we'd rather him not go off in this game". Drew Brees has had five 5,000 yard seasons and still has numerous pass-catching options. But the Patriots needed Cooks to be more than "fine" in Week 1 against the Chiefs. Dont'a Hightower was the spark for an inhuman Super Bowl comeback win.

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Since Cooks is playing his former team, he will certainly be motivated to have a big week. Both teams need to win this game badly, as going 0-2 is not the kind of hole that playoff teams typically climb out of. The result was a disappointing 7-9 season. The good news for Patriots fans is that there's still hope - obviously.

One of Cooks' other strengths in New Orleans, Vaccaro said, was his ability to break down defences in the film room. But will Gronk and Amendola hold up? "Hopefully we do a better job than the last time we were down there". Alex Smith, who averaged 233 yards per game in 2016 and 218 per game in 2015, carved up the Patriots defense for 368 yards.

A prohibitive favorite to repeat as Super Bowl champs, New England used its unique mastery of tempo and a spread philosophy to put Sutton's defense on its heels immediately.

I'm not saying the Patriots are guaranteed to win a Super Bowl, but it's tough to deny the fact that the Bill Belichick-led Patriots are at their best when things seem to be at their worst. And the opponent for the Saints gets tougher in mindset for Week 2 as they are set to take on the New England Patriots. After all, they just won the Super Bowl without Gronkowski and rallied from a 28-3 deficit. I think I'm getting there; there's still some stuff that's giving me a little trouble, but it's just me being so far behind.

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