(NEW YORK) — If the New Orleans Saints (5-0) are going to remain undefeated, they’ll have to pull out a win against the Patriots on Sunday.
Drew Brees has dominated the first five games of the season, throwing for12 touchdowns passes and 1,722 yards already and is 3-0 in his career against Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.
“You always prepare the same way,” Brees said on Wednesday. “It’s this game is just as important as any other game. There is definitely a little extra when you’re playing against a guy of his caliber.”
Saints wide out Jimmy Graham has been Brees’ main target this year and leads the league with 593 receiving yards and is tied for second with 37 catches and six touchdowns.
“You want to score every time you have it, so we’re not purposely trying to create long drives,” coach Sean Payton said. “But be efficient with your plays, and if you’re winning on third down, for instance, you’re staying on the field. If you’re turning the ball over, conversely, all of a sudden the drive ends. There’s a lot of things that factor into it.”
The Patriots are 4-1 after their loss last Sunday to the Bengals.
“I think they’re definitely a hard team to prepare for,” Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said on Wednesday. “…They attack the width of the field and they certainly attack the depth of the field. They run vertical routes. They run deep seem routes. They run check-downs and screens and those types of patterns, too.”
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