by Chris Warner, Patriots Daily Staff
Oh when the Saints, go marchin’ in, Oh when the Saints go marchin’ in,
Oh, it would help to cover their receivers, when the Saints go marchin’ in.
Given a chance to prove they could flower under pressure, New England instead festered in the dung heap, falling to the Saints 38-17. Whether throwing an interception to Mike McKenzie or failing to cover Devery Henderson on a 75-yard catch-and-stride touchdown, the Patriots looked about as at-home in New Orleans as a group of prohibitionists.
New England gave up almost 500 yards of offense, 371 from the passing of Drew Brees (five TDs), who looked like he was playing flag football all night.
As I try to stop shaking my head, some quick thoughts below…
Road Worriers: All four of the Patriots’ losses have come on the road.
Half-Hearted: In their losses, New England has been outscored in the second half 47-10.
Tom Turkey: Despite having support from a decent running game, quarterback Tom Brady never got into a rhythm (21 of 36, 237 yards). He threw a momentum-killing pick in the first quarter, missed open receivers deep (Randy Moss and Sam Aiken) and finished off his performance with an interception to nowhere.
Light Duty: Left tackle Matt Light got back on the field and did a solid job at left tackle. Nick Kaczur at right tackle? Not so much. Here’s hoping rookie Sebastian Vollmer returns and gets some time at that spot to show what he can do.
Lo Fidelity: When running back Sammy Morris returned to the active roster, we feared that Laurence Maroney might take offense. Well, however he felt about it, it worked, as LoMo carried 15 times for 64 yards and two touchdowns, running with the kind of ferocity seen in predators on the Discovery Channel.
(For those of you who have remained loyal to LoMo, congratulations. Now stop; it’s getting a little annoying.)
We’ll Have A Gay Old Time: Saints cornerbacks Tracy Porter and Jabari Greer sat, making way for new free agent McKenzie and old friend Randall Gay. You would think the Patriots would have been able to take advantage of that.
Yeah. You would think.
Next week, 7-4 New England travels to Miami. Here’s hoping the Pats can score in the second half.
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