Published: Mon, September 18, 2017
Sports | By Mabel Barber

Pats Beat Saints in New Orleans

Pats Beat Saints in New Orleans

Yet, the next time the Patriots show up to practice - because they could use some time off - they'll have two healthy wide receivers (Brandin Cooks and Chris Hogan), an injured Rob Gronkowski and an injured Burkhead. He will be an upside WR3 against the Texans. Sep. The Patriots may be without slot receiver Danny Amendola, who suffered a concussion in the game. The big tight end got behind a Saints defender and shook off another before finding the end zone. Elevated to the No. 3 receiver role due to Danny Amendola's absence, Dorsett hauled in all three of his targets, including a hard 38-yard catch in the third quarter that set up Stephen Gostkowski's third field goal that put the team up 36-13. He did not re-enter the game, spending time on a stationary bike while on the sideline.

Brady completed only 16 of 36 passes in a 42-27 opening loss to the Chiefs, but he connected on 19 of 25 for 302 yards and three touchdowns in the first half alone as New England (1-1) raced to a 30-13 lead and coasted to the win over the Saints, who fell to 0-2.

The Patriots scored on five of their first six possessions and punted only twice in the game. All three of Gostkowski's field goals were from shorter range than the 33-yard extra points, with a long of 28. And though Gronkowski is returning from a 2016 season in which he missed eight games due to various injuries, and ultimately ended the season on injured reserve and underwent back surgery, he still is a risky weapon for the Patriots.

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A pair of young players stepped up in the absence of Dont'a Hightower, albeit at different levels of the defense. Brees' deep fade for Ted Ginn Jr. fell incomplete.

Now in his 18th year as a pro, Brady has been sacked 420 times in regular season games.

The Saints meanwhile are coming off a disappointing effort on the road on Monday Night Football as they were embarrassed by the Minnesota Vikings and heading into this weekend they look like a group in turmoil as the Adrian Peterson experiment could come to a crashing end in a hurry. The New Orleans Saints (0-1) too were fed their own ass with a pitchfork, so this game becomes a must win to avoid the deadly 0-2 start. The team returns to Foxborough to face off against the Houston Texans. Kickoff is at 12:00 p.m. CST.

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