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Keys to the Game: Saints vs. Patriots

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Oct 6, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan during the second half against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. The Saints beat the Bears 26-18. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

This is an easy one for me, and I’m taking Rob Ryan as this week’s X-Factor. Brady is 2-1 against Rob Ryan’s defenses, with three different teams (Raiders, Browns, Cowboys).

The game that everyone tends to remember is the 2010 matchup against the Browns. The Browns outgained the Patriots 404-283. Yeah, that’s not a typo. Brady only netted 215 yards passing. The Browns defense sacked Brady once, forced two fumbles, and picked off Brian Hoyer. It was beyond frustrating for the Patriots, and ultimately where Ryan gained even more credibility for his tactics.

The last chess match between Brady & Ryan started well for the Cowboys in 2011, as Brady was sacked twice, and intercepted in the 1st quarter alone. However, Brady started going no huddle, and it proved to be the difference maker, as the Patriots won the game 20-16.

You’ll see similar things Sunday, so don’t be surprised when they happen. The adjustments made by the defensive personnel will be what to watch, and spell the difference in this game.

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