Friday, November 27, 2009
Inside the numbers for Pats-Saints
ESPN Stats and Information
• The Patriots are 1-3 on the road this season. However, their lone "road win" came in London against the Buccaneers. New England's three road games played at its opponents' home field have all been losses heading into Monday's game at New Orleans. One telling stat -- the Patriots were outscored 47-10 in the second half in those three losses. New England led each of the games at halftime.
• The last time the Patriots played in the Superdome was Super Bowl XXXVI when they beat the Rams 20-17 on Adam Vinatieri's 48-yard FG as time ran out. The Patriots have never lost to the Saints in New Orleans, including a 3-0 record in the Superdome. The Patriots' only losses in the Superdome have come in the Super Bowl -- Super Bowl XXXI to the Packers and Super Bowl XX to the Bears.
Brady vs. Brees
• Two of the league's best quarterbacks face off against two of the league's most imposing defenses as the Patriots look to deal the Saints their first loss of the season. Look for New Orleans to send extra rushers after Tom Brady early and often (only the Jets have brought five or more rushers more often than the Saints this season). To avoid pressure, expect both quarterbacks to work out of the shotgun a good deal.
• There have been five quarterbacks to throw for at least 4,800 yards in a single season. The Tom Brady-Drew Brees matchup Monday is just the second time quarterbacks will face off after they threw for 4,800 yards in a single season. The only other time was in 1986 when in Week 1, Hall of Famers Dan Fouts and Dan Marino faced off in a 50-28 Chargers win over the Dolphins. Fouts threw for 293 yards and three touchdowns while Marino threw for 290 and three scores.
• The Patriots enter Monday night having rushed for more than 100 yards as a team their last five games, after topping the 100-yard mark just once in their first five games. The Saints' defense has allowed teams to rush for more than 100 yards in their last five games, after allowing just one team to rush for 100 yards (Jets) in their first five games.
• The Patriots haven't lost a game to a regular season game to a non-conference opponent since the 2005 season, when they lost to Carolina 27-17 in Week 2.