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The (0-1) New England Patriots of the AFC East Division will travel to the “BIG EASY” to take on the (0-1) New Orleans Saints of the NFC South. The team will play on Saturday, August 22nd, 2015 at 7:30 PM EST. “DEFLATE GATE” has been the talk of the NFL training camp. The New England Patriots have been in White Sulpher Springs, West Virginia where the teams had joint practices. Training camp is winding down, and the Saints will stay in the Big Easy after the contest. New Orleans has used the Greenbrier resort as headquarters the past two season. Now the teams get to square off in a preseason contest. The opening betting line has New England as a two point Road Underdog Against The Spread. The betting odds total is 44-points points for Saturday’s game.
The 2015 New England Patriots will try to repeat as Superbowl champions, but the road is off to a rocky start. Future Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady has been in the news for the wrong reason. The four-time World Champion has been shuffling back and forth to New York City to appeal his suspension. That has not stopped the signal caller from working hard and showing the world what he is made of in the face of adversity. Even if the suspension holds up, Brady will be ready when he returns. Brady expects to start the week two exhibition game at New Orleans. He took most of the snaps in the final practice. The Patriots lost their exhibition opener to Green Bay 22-11 at home. Brady only played one series before giving away to reserve Jimmy Garoppolo, who threw for 159 yards completing 10 of 20 passes with an interception. Running Back Jonas Gray rushed for seventy-four yards on seven carries and had a 55-yard touchdown run. The coaching staff also go a good look at rookie first-round draft choice Malcolm Brown from the University of Texas. Brown expects to fill the role vacated by longtime Patriots star Vince Wilfork. Head Coach Bill Belichick came away impressed with the performance, even though it was in a loss. Belichick is always evaluating the progress of his team and their attention to detail. The Patriots will be ready for the 2015-16 NFL season, and the work with the Saints helped gauge where they are as a team
The “WHO DAT” nation has not had a lot to cheer about at the Superdome the past couple of season’s. The Saints have been left out of the playoffs the past two of the past three years. Head Coach Sean Payton’s job appears to be safe, but he knows winning cures everything in the National Football League. The Saints parted ways with All-Pro Tight End Jimmy Graham and second-year receiver Brandon Cooks must continue to grow as a wideout. The Saints lost their exhibition opener 30-27 at Baltimore. Starting quarterback Drew Brees didn’t play in the contest. Reserve signal caller Ryan Griffin was 10 of 17 for (112) passing yards and a touchdown. Veteran Luke McCown also tossed a touchdown pass to Cooks. Colorado State rookie Garrett Grayson also played in the contest, the coaching staff is impressed with him. The Saints defense looked vulnerable in the loss, and they also got torched by the New England passing game this past week in practices. The combination of Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski looked unstoppable. Saints defense coordinator Rob Rayan got a chance to see what his unit has to work on to become better. The New Orleans offense will put up points this season, you can be sure of that. The problem is going to be on the defensive side of the football. in 2015
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