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As part of the NFL Weekly In-Depth Analysis series we present the clash between the New Orleans Saints and the New England Patriots. This is a 4:25 PM EST game that will be played at Gillette Stadium as the 4-1 New England Patriots host the 5-0 New Orleans Saints. Will Drew Brees take the potent Saints offense into Gillette Stadium and defeat the hometown Patriots? Can Tom Brady continue to find chemistry with his young receivers and hand the Saints their first loss? Here are the Vegas odds for the game and what the Sports Unbiased In-Depth Analysis Team believes will occur this Sunday. This week John Yeomans, “Coach” Mike Fabber and Mike Santangelo provide commentary on the game.
Vegas Odds: New England minus 2 1/2, 50 1/2 u
Mike’s Pick: Almost a battle of the unbeatens, until the loss by the Patriots last week. Now we get the second hottest team in the NFL (no one is hotter than Denver obviously) coming in to New England to play a Patriots team that just might be getting healthier at the right time. The addition of Rob Gronkowski back in to the lineup, even on a limited basis, changes the way a defense has to think. Drew Brees and the Saints should know, as Jimmy Graham has been the most dynamic offensive weapon in the league this year. With both teams actually playing pretty good defense, it comes down to who wins on the offensive side of the ball. Right now, I think the Saints will do that, hands down Final Score: Saints 35 Patriots 30
John’s Pick: Boy was I wrong on saying that the Patriots offense was starting to gel, facing a good Bengals defense Tom Brady and his weapons were shutdown, ending Brady’s streak of consecutive games with a touchdown at 52. Supposedly this is the week Gronk is ready to return and with the Saints defense lights years better (ranked 11th in total defense) than last season they definitely need him. The Patriots defense is no slouch (allowing just 14 points a game) either, although with Drew Brees and the Saints fourth ranked offense coming to town they have their work cut out for them. Defensive tackle Tommy Kelly says he fine after last Sundays scare but the reality of him going down with Wilfork already on IR makes you wonder if Mr. Kraft should be calling former Patriot Richard Seymour. This week against a Saints team that has trouble moving the ball on the ground (ranked 26th averaging 78.2 yards a game) the New England D-line should be fine, it’s the secondary that gets to show just how improved they really are this week. The Saints seem to be on a warpath of revenge this season and the Patriots still have kinks to work out. So, with that being said I see the Saints giving the Patriots their second straight loss with the defenses stealing the thunder from the marquee quarterbacks. By the way, just because I see New England losing two straight does not mean the sky is falling, the Patriots will right the ship soon Final Score: Saints 20 Patriots 16
Coach’s Pick: Tom Brady’s streak of consecutive games with a touchdown pass came to an end last week facing Mother Nature and the Cincinnati Bengals defense; it doesn’t get much better this week. The Saints under Rob Ryan has become a stingy defense doing what is needed to get to 5 and 0, while the patriots fell to 4 and 1. This is two of the best quarterbacks in the modern era on the field going head to head, meaning this isn’t the game to miss. Expect another high scoring affair with the first defense to get a stop or the first QB to blink will lose. In a normal year this kind of game would be a Brady showcase but still missing his tightend and Danny Amendola is still not 100% this might be too tricky to pull the rabbit out of the hat this time. Drew Brees seems to be getting better and better every week and is comfortable inside and out. Add that with this new defense and it could be enough to win more than just this game, New Orleans wins an old western showdown Final Score: Saints 38 Patriots 27.
There it is, Sports Unbiased has broken down a marquee game in week six of the NFL season. We have given you analysis, we have given you the odds and we even gave you the possible final score. Trust all the writers, trust a couple of the writers or just trust one. Find you favorites and come back for other editions of the Sports Unbiased marquee matchups. Now go forth and win your office pool, enjoy the game even have some fun on the morning line. Good luck and happy picking. See you next week.
Note: All odds courtesy of Vegas Insider Consensus