Tom Brady and the New England Patriots have had a long time to ponder their loss to Kansas City in Week 1. The chance to think long and hard about what went wrong could serve as motivation when the defending Super Bowl champs take on the New Orleans Saints in what is expected to be a high-scoring game on Sunday (10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET, KOIN-6, CBS, DirecTV).
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The Patriots (0-1) were embarrassed by Kansas City in Week 1. Brady was ineffective and often off-target, completing 16-of-36 passes (44 percent) for 267 yards with no touchdowns. The defense gave up 537 yards to Kansas City, the most be a Patriots team under coach Bill Belichick.
The Patriots have had 10 days to think about their performance and there’s little doubt they will play better against the Saints. But will it be enough? Their defense is suspect. Brady and his receivers are still working out the kinks. The Patriots may be without slot receiver Danny Amendola, who suffered a concussion in the game.
The Saints (0-1) not only have to deal with their usual issues on defense, but more worrisome is the offense sputtered against the Vikings. The usually high-scoring unit managed just four field goals before scoring a touchdown late in the game. Quarterback Drew Brees threw for 297 yards and a touchdown, but he never looked in rhythm and seemed to miss departed wide receiver Brandin Cooks (now with the Patriots) and
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