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Patriots defense leads way to 17-7 halftime lead

Kevin Reddick, Stevan Ridley AP

The Patriots lead 17-7 against the Saints at halftime in New England and a big reason why is their ability to do what no other team has managed this season. 

They’ve shut out tight end Jimmy Graham. With cornerback Aqib Talib leading the effort against the Saints superstar, the Patriots have kept Graham from picking up so much as a single catch through the first 30 minutes of the game. As a result, the Saints offense has picked up just 130 yards thus far and the Patriots have a two-score lead heading into the second half. 

Drew Brees is clearly frustrated and has tried to force the ball to Graham a couple of times and was nearly picked off on one throw into heavy coverage. He’s just 9-of-19 overall, numbers that will never do good things for New Orleans’ chances of winning. 

Things have also gone a lot better offensively than they did in Cincinnati last week. Tom Brady has completed 16-of-22 passes for 163 yards and Stevan Ridley has run for 61 yards and two touchdowns to pace things on that side of the ball. The Saints have racked up four sacks of Brady, but the never described as nimble quarterback has been able to avoid the rush and make plays a few other times in the first half. 

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27 Responses to “Patriots defense leads way to 17-7 halftime lead”
  1. sg419 says: Oct 13, 2013 5:58 PM

    Don’t forget the refs are helping the Patriots out too. Hard to beat Brady, almost impossible to beat Brady and the refs.

  2. buttasaurus says: Oct 13, 2013 6:00 PM

    Refs 17 – Saints 7

  3. besdayz says: Oct 13, 2013 6:01 PM

    Patriots are benefitting severely from homefield calls, its pretty comical.

    1 imaginary PI on the goal line, turned 3 into 7.

    Another phantom PI on Lewis that extended a drive and cost saints a possession.

    1 horrific missed neutral zone violation by Patiots that ended a a promising drive.

    And there is a lot of holding going on with the Patriots OL but that’s fine.

    Refs have decided this game so far…..

  4. tedmurph says: Oct 13, 2013 6:01 PM

    Here come the excuses.

  5. metintodd says: Oct 13, 2013 6:01 PM

    Give me a break. Refs make calls for both sides. Fans always try to take down the #1 Pats because they’ve been up for so long. Lots of conspiracy theorists out there.

  6. besdayz says: Oct 13, 2013 6:02 PM

    More importantly the Refs are letting the Patriots mug Graham while not allowing as much as a pat on the back by the Saints defenders…..joke, i’m sure its apparent to the national audience

  7. 8man says: Oct 13, 2013 6:04 PM

    Thought this would be other way at the half. Actually I think I said Saints 24-3. Patriots looked absolutely impotent against the Bengals. At least on offense.

    Still plenty of time to go, though. Maybe it really is a week-to-week league.

  8. nfl4days says: Oct 13, 2013 6:04 PM

    The patriots defense is great. We cant get anything going on offense. Defense cant stop the run. If we lose its because we got outplayed and maybe even out coached. The patriots are still the patriots.

  9. hdahs143 says: Oct 13, 2013 6:05 PM

    Lots of denial from Pats fans. Must be in shock down 0-1 to the Tigers.

  10. trevor123698 says: Oct 13, 2013 6:09 PM

    “Maybe it really is a week-to-week league.”

    its been this way for years

  11. tedmurph says: Oct 13, 2013 6:14 PM

    @hdahs143: At least we have a baseball team.

  12. cboys4life says: Oct 13, 2013 6:18 PM

    Kinda hard to win a game when it ain’t teams like the dolphins and bucs you’re trying to beat up on huh? And are we really blaming the refs for it? Keep the excuses coming the saints are 5-0 cause they ain’t played nobody this year

  13. koenig61 says: Oct 13, 2013 6:19 PM

    I would love to see Periera or the NFL explain the offside infraction no call against the patriots. defense jumps, the offense reacts immediately and directly across from defender. Still shaking my head.

  14. doctorrustbelt says: Oct 13, 2013 6:20 PM

    Talib – OUT

    Saints – COMEBACK

  15. nfl4days says: Oct 13, 2013 6:21 PM

    The patriots have played the same teams as us except the bengals genius. Whats the cowboys record again?

  16. kellyb9 says: Oct 13, 2013 6:29 PM

    What game are you watching saints fans? I saw one bad call on that 4th down. Everything else seems fair. (Its really easy to call penalties when you can watch plays in slow motion)

  17. taintedlombardis says: Oct 13, 2013 6:30 PM

    Exhibit 3.194 * 10^6 that the referees are a joke.

  18. taintedlombardis says: Oct 13, 2013 6:32 PM

    When did announcers officially become shills for every bad call?

  19. buttasaurus says: Oct 13, 2013 6:35 PM

    And the cheating continues.

  20. hdahs143 says: Oct 13, 2013 6:48 PM

    You mean the Pats who lit up the Bengals with 2 field goals?

    Yeah they are easily the best team the Saints have played.

  21. cboys4life says: Oct 13, 2013 7:15 PM

    @nfl4days I’m aware of that but as of right now the saints are the ones that are 5-0 with wins against less than impressive teams I don’t mean to act like the pats are the best in the nfl I understand they’ve had an easy schedule too but they already got their reality check and as far as the cowboys record again the saints have beat up on less than impressive teams

  22. Great Caesar's Ghost says: Oct 13, 2013 7:23 PM

    Pats fans leave stadium with 2 timeouts left, 2:36 remaining, down by one. You wouldn’t see that in most other ball parks.

  23. cboys4life says: Oct 13, 2013 7:38 PM

    Ron Ryan’s defense for ya

  24. tedmurph says: Oct 13, 2013 7:41 PM

    hdahs143 says:Oct 13, 2013 6:48 PM

    You mean the Pats who lit up the Bengals with 2 field goals?

    Yeah they are easily the best team the Saints have played.
    ———————————————————-Guess so, since they just beat them. The Brady Legend continues.

  25. harrisonhits2 says: Oct 13, 2013 7:43 PM

    Blaming the refs, the classic excuse of a fan who doesn’t want to blame their team for the inadequate play by their players.

    Lol

  26. colv says: Oct 13, 2013 7:55 PM

    Ravens fan, but WOW. Brady can take an average to good receiver and make him great. I wish Flacco could do what this guy does. He is truly elite as is Payton. Flacco is good sometimes, last year in playoffs he was great. With some weapons he can be great.

  27. fanasaurus says: Oct 13, 2013 9:04 PM

    buttasaurus, original name you got there. Think for yourself often or just a coincidence.

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