cover32 New Orleans Staff Early Predictions: Week 2

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Aug 22, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) talks to New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) following a preseason game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Patriots defeated the Saints 26-24. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

The staff of cover32 New Orleans (@Cover32_NO) joins forces to tell which way they think the New Orleans Saints week two matchup, versus the reigning Super Bowl champions the New England Patriots, will go. The Saints play host to the Patriots, in what will sure be an offensive fireworks-show with veteran quarterbacks Tom Brady and Drew Brees, and two of the league’s most prolific offenses.

As with the first week against the Minnesota Vikings, opinions are scattered amongst the staff about a game that also features a homecoming as week one did: that of ex-Saint Brandin Cooks, arguably one of the league’s most prolific Wide Receivers.

Check out who our staff thinks will come out on top in Week 2.

Week 2

Christopher White (@_EddiexxD)

Prediction: New Orleans Saints 27 – New England Patriots 26

The home opener against the defending Super Bowl champions New England Patriots proves to be an early season test. The Saints have their hands full on defense facing a rejuvenated and improved Patriot offense which now includes former Saints wide receiver Brandin Cooks. The additions of first round pick Marshon Lattimore and second round pick Marcus Williams will be key factors in helping reduce the Patriots passing attack allowing other players to be used in roles that suit their strengths better, such as Vaccaro being used closer to the line of scrimmage instead of as a traditional over the top safety. With an improved front seven, led by Cameron Jordan, the defense plays a complete game against Brady’s offense. A balanced Saints offense will help control the tempo of the game and keep Brady and company on the sidelines as much as possible. Drew Brees leads a game winning drive to beat the Patriots 27-26.
Brenden Ertle (@BrendenE_Saints)
Prediction: New England Patriots 31 – New Orleans Saints 17
The defending Super Bowl champions visit the dome. The Patriots did nothing but improve this offseason. Patriots added former Saint Brandin Cooks and cornerback Stephone Gilmore, they have one of if not the best rosters in football and it will be too much for the Saints to handle. The Saints secondary is also very young and Tom Brady and all the Patriots deep receiving threats will look to take advantage of it. For the Saints to win they will have to have a big game in the trenches on both sides of the ball, but realistically the Patriots won’t have to be coming back from a 25 point lead in this game. I see the Patriots taking care of business against the Saints.

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Ruben Loganantharaj (@SportsPillowTlk)

Prediction: New England Patriots 38 – New Orleans Saints 34

Home opener against the champions. I don’t really like this matchup very much. The Patriots, like the Vikings don’t have much of a pass rush, but Tom Brady is just a slight upgrade over Sam Bradford. Okay, I’m kidding. The Super Bowl MVP has shown no signs of aging, and this year not only was he gifted deep threat Brandin Cooks, but a healthy Rob Gronkowski to destroy the middle of the field. I don’t see the Saints stopping Brady on offense. Just too many weapons and our defense will have many new faces that need to play an important role. I see the Saints having their way with the Patriots defense, but it just won’t be enough. The crowd and the running game will really have to be a factor in this game for the Saints to have a shot. If the Saints were to win, I could see Sheldon Rankins and the defensive line having a big game.  But I really have a hard time seeing a Saints win in the home opener.

John Griffitt (@JGrif32)

Prediction: New England Patriots 31 – New Orleans Saints 27

This offseason has provided the opportunity to the Patriots for the rich to get richer. Coming off of an amazing Super Bowl victory last season, they are the favorites to win it all again this year. The Saints will be looking to reclaim their somewhat lost home-field advantage, but this game will be a big test early in the season especially on the defensive side of the ball.  We will see a close game throughout, but ultimately the Patriots take it while Brandin Cooks enjoys a win over his former team.

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