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.
Christopher White (@_EddiexxD)
Prediction: New Orleans Saints 27 – New England Patriots 26
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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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