WEEK 6: THE UNDEFEATED "WHO DAT" NEW ORLEANS SAINTS @ NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
DREW BREES VS TOM BRADY
Local Takes: Patriots
Kevin O'Connor of Pats Pulpit thinks the Patriots could use the same strategy they used against Tony Gonzalez on Graham:
Two weeks ago the Patriots tried something unique when they had two linebackers jam Tony Gonzalez at the line of scrimmage when Atlanta Falcons were in the red zone. It was like the defense was defending a gunner on special teams, which is why Gonzalez was unsuccessful when defended that way. Perhaps, the Patriots will try to use that on Sunday, because nothing else has worked thus far when it comes to containing Jimmy Graham.
Local Takes: Saints
Over at Canal Street Chronicles, they think the Saints won't -- and shouldn't -- abandon the running game, and that the yards will come:
As long as Payton keeps calling running plays and mixing them in with his passing game, the rushing yards WILL eventually come. Pierre Thomas and Darren Sproles are far too good at running the football. All they need is the touches. That's the thing about the running game. You keep hitting it. You don't stop just because it's difficult in the beginning of the season. Payton knows this. He understands the stakes involved. He also knows that if he takes a one-dimensional passing team into the playoffs, his chances of getting a second Lombardi are not good.