Just like in 2014, there was lot of eulogizing after Tom Brady's less-than-stellar performance against Kansas City had the doubters saying he was done.
Brady completed only 16 of 36 passes for 267 yards in an opening loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on September 7, but he connected on 19 of 25 for 302 yards and three touchdowns in the first half alone against the Saints.
The New England Patriots quarterback acknowledged the chants and said that it was "a great way to end the game". We're going to have to respond quickly. This game was more of the same. Brady threw it deep on multiple occasions, knowing very well that the Saints' secondary wasn't going to be able to contain Rob Gronkowski in coverage.
Brady threw only four times to Cooks, who had two catches for 37 yards. I'm curious to know if the game would have been closer if the Gronk would have fought through the pain.
"Matt and Josh did a real good job on the sideline with the communication issues we had to work through throughout the game".
Belichick, the coaches and the veterans made sure the entire team was fully bought in during the 10-day layoff following Week 1, as it was one of the most business-like weeks at the facility in recent memory. The bigger question is what has happened to Payton.
The New England Patriots have won their fourth Super Bowl in the Brady/Belichick Era by defeating the Seattle Seahawks 28-24 in Super Bowl XLIX in Arizona. N.E. defeated Houston in the second round of last season's playoffs and will be looking to produce the same results in next week's game as well. He also had a 22-yard catch to the 4-yard line that should've been a touchdown, but was underthrown by Brady. Brady's 30 completions were spread among 10 receivers, including running backs James White, Rex Burkhead, Dion Lewis and James Develin.
Kick-off is set for 1 p.m.
And to make matters worse, the Saints benched the guy who is supposed to be the veteran leader of their secondary, safety Kenny Vaccaro, who has struggled along with all the young players on a defense that is starting three rookies this year (CB Marshon Lattimore, S Marcus Williams and LB Alex Anzalone).
Next Sunday, they face the Carolina Panthers (2-0), quarterback Cam Newton and a stellar defense at Bank of America Stadium in downtown Charlotte, North Carolina.