Patriots win easily and painfully

AP

The Patriots got their first win of the 2017 season on Sunday but it didn’t come without a cost.

New England saw several players leave with injuries on the way to their 36-20 win over the Saints in New Orleans. Tight end Rob Gronkowski had a big day — 116 yards and a touchdown  — before departing with a groin injury that headlines a slew of offensive players that got hurt on Sunday. Wide receiver Chris Hogan played through what appeared to be a leg injury, running back Rex Burkhead left with injured ribs and wide receiver Phillip Dorsett followed them out with a knee injury before the day was out.

Dorsett had three catches for 68 receiving yards while Hogan and Burkhead each caught touchdowns from Tom Brady as the team rolled to a 30-13 halftime lead. Brady was brilliant throughout and finished 30-of-39 for 447 yards and three touchdowns. He completed passes to nine different players and that variety may come in handy if any of Sunday’s injuries or Danny Amendola‘s concussion leaves the team in need of further shuffling next week.

That’s when they will face the Texans, who figure to be a defensive step up regardless of how many of the Patriots regulars are able to make it into the lineup. The Saints defense certainly didn’t provide much of a fight as they yielded 555 yards a week after allowing the Vikings to go for 470.

Safety Vonn Bell and cornerback Marshon Lattimore were both injured over the course of the afternoon, so they may be shorthanded as they try to correct the problems that have been a persistent part of life for the Saints in recent years.

The offense moved the ball well at times through the air, but they were down 17 points before the first quarter was over and that gap meant that a lot of the yards they gained amounted to very little of consequence. Adrian Peterson had eight carries for 26 yards, which may or may not make him feel better than he did last week but certainly didn’t do anything to show that he’ll have a major role unless the Saints are trying to salt away a lead late.

For that to happen, the defense is going to have to get a lot better than it has been through two weeks.

29 responses to “Patriots win easily and painfully

  1. But everyone said father time had caught up to Brady?

    Oh right, that was just the typical Pats haters that come out of the woodwork after any loss.

  2. nfella says:
    September 17, 2017 at 4:24 pm
    But everyone said father time had caught up to Brady?

    Oh right, that was just the typical Pats haters that come out of the woodwork after any loss.
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    Also they were playing the Saints. If you Patriots fans want to talk about how the mess against KC was just one game then you can’t get all excited after just one game against what is the worst defense in the NFL basically every season.

  3. We will now be told all week by the cacophony of fools and children that this win means nothing, Brady has definitely “lost it” because “anybody” can put up 447 yards against New Orleans, and that the Texans are going to easily beat the Pats.

    Lolz

  4. Don Trump says:
    September 17, 2017 at 4:29 pm
    If he was mad over only getting 9 carries, I wonder how he is feeling with only 8 lol

    You mean 6 carries on 8 snaps

  5. Yet, I don’t think any of the injuries are bad nor will they linger.

    Nothing “painful” at all about this win. The despicable trolls and haters had 11 days to run their mouths in their mentally deranged delusions from Week 1.

    Clearly, NE is still the team to beat, and when they do get healthier, it’s going to be really, really disappointing for the scummy trolls and media.

  6. 447yds 3 tds – yep, definitely confirmed worst in the league, hater said so. And the first time he’s ever thrown 3TDs in the 1stQ, which must have just been a total fluke for such a has-been…

    But were those Pats injuries that bad?? – Gronk (groin, but looked comfortable riding the bike), Hogan (leg, but came back on to recover the Saints’ onside kick), Dorsett (knee, but looked mobile on the sideline). Even Burkhead (ribs) and Rowe (groin) were listed “questionable to return”. Had this been a close SB game all these guys would have reappeared, but with a big lead and already banged up it’s more likely they just aren’t taking risks.

  7. Funny. Brady doesnt have his short throws over the middle. Instead hes dropping them in on guys in stride. He wasnt supposed to be able to do that. So much for that theory.

  8. rondayne says:
    September 17, 2017 at 4:31 pm
    nfella says:
    September 17, 2017 at 4:24 pm
    But everyone said father time had caught up to Brady?

    Oh right, that was just the typical Pats haters that come out of the woodwork after any loss.
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    Also they were playing the Saints. If you Patriots fans want to talk about how the mess against KC was just one game then you can’t get all excited after just one game against what is the worst defense in the NFL basically every season.

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    terripet says:
    September 17, 2017 at 4:46 pm
    They played a college team today

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    Except that wasnt the storyline from you guys all week. It was all about how the Pats were done and that the Saints were going to outscore on that defense and Brady looks old and slow and on and on. All week.

    So now that none of that came true the song changes I see? Pretty soon you guys will be predicting their postseason collapse. And after that you will have two weeks of predicting their Superbowl loss. Then to complete the cycle you can go back to predicting how the decline starts next year. And the beat goes ooooooooooooon, and the beat goes on.

  9. terripet says:
    September 17, 2017 at 4:46 pm
    They played a college team today
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    That you predicted would blow them out. The safest bet on PFT is going against littlepet’s predictions.
    We are on to Houston.

  10. bigdaddyrockytop says:
    September 17, 2017 at 4:55 pm

    All you Pats homers remember this is Saints. Not much of an accomplishment if you look at what they let the Vikings do last week.

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    Umm, at leats the Pats played some good offenses like KC and NOs. The Steelers and Ravens are busy playing DIv 2 NCAA QBs and weak offenses with no O Lines, as they brag about how great their defenses are in Sept.

    Absolutely comical to watch.

  11. scmems07 says:
    September 17, 2017 at 5:02 pm
    Win #1 in their quest for a perfect season.

    #19andooohh
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    When that’s the best you can do chip we know it’s another tough week in troll town

  12. “You mean 6 carries on 8 snaps”

    Well after last weeks game it was “I didn’t come here for 9 carries”, so this week it will be “I didn’t come here for 6 carries”.

    If the trend continues the next 2 weeks it will be for “3 carries” and “I didn’t come here for no carries”.

  13. This is the same Saints team that made the Vikings look like Super Bowl contender so let’s not pretend that the pats just had a statement game or something they beat a team they should have beat the way they should have beat them and that’s it

  14. Hmmm. Not much that can be done now but start predicting Houston to blow them out. Last week was so nice when one could dream for 11 whole days that the 16 year nightmare might actually be over. Usually that hope can only be savored after the occasional punt.

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