Friday, October 11, 2013
ESPN Boston's picks: Patriots-Saints
Here's how ESPNBoston.com's experts see Sunday afternoon's New England Patriots-New Orleans Saints game (4:25 p.m. ET, Fox) playing out. What's your prediction? Leave your pick in the comments section.
SAINTS 30, PATRIOTS 20 Saints coach Sean Payton is a spectacular playcaller. This is the week where the lack of defensive-line depth will be exploited. There is too much for the Patriots to stop. If Rob Gronkowski plays, he will help, but it won't be enough.
Mike Reiss (3-2)
SAINTS 23, PATRIOTS 20 I'm expecting a much better performance from the Patriots than last week, but concerns at defensive tackle and inconsistency on offense are a bad mix. The 5-0 Saints look like the better team right now. They might be the best team in the NFL.
Field Yates (3-2)
SAINTS 26, PATRIOTS 17 This is a difficult game to predict with Gronk's status up in the air. If he and Danny Amendola are back on the field, it should boost the offense after a forgettable Week 5. But unlike in previous seasons, the Saints pose a major challenge on defense to complement their high-octane passing attack. While the Patriots' defense has what it takes to prevent New Orleans from exploding offensively, it might take more time for the offense to find its rhythm with Gronkowski's reinsertion to the lineup.
Number Fire (3-2)
PATRIOTS 28, SAINTS 23
SAINTS OVER PATRIOTS Of 13 ESPN experts, 12 pick the Saints to win. Only Adam Schefter is taking the Patriots.