Oct 6, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) recovers a fumble against New Orleans Saints middle linebacker Curtis Lofton (50) during the first quarter at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports
Well here comes another ‘test’ for the Saints defense. However, can you really say that at this point? The Saints have now faced the Falcons, Bucs, Cardinals Dolphins, and Bears, and they have consistently allowed less than 20 points per game on defense.
All eyes are on Rob Gronkowski, and if he truly will play this weekend. However, how much do you think Brady & him will connect? Gronkowski has missed 11 out of the last 13 games. Whether or not he is a huge factor on the stat sheet, he will definitely get respect from the Saints defense, and that means guys like Kenbrell Thompkins, Aaron Dobson, Julian Edelman, & Danny Amendola (assuming he plays) will be targets of Brady on the day.
Here’s the other side of it. Tom Brady is quite the magician in his release, especially because of his read/recognition abilities on opposing defenses. Brady has only been sacked 11 times this season. The Saints are tied for 7th with 15 sacks (for perspective, the Chiefs lead the league with 21 sacks – thank you Justin Houston, right?), but you gotta think that Cam Jordan has the ability to get a chance to bring down Brady more than a few times. With the Patriots run game full of injuries, you are likely to see another blend of the Bengals game last week, in which the Patriots threw it 38 times, and ran it 18 times.
As for my final key to Sunday on defense, that may or may not be found in another section. Hint Hint.