Patriots vs. Saints: Postgame Grades, Notes and Quotes for New England

August 23, 2015   ·     ·   Jump to comments

In a textbook example of meaningless preseason scores, the New England Patriots topped the New Orleans Saints in the Superdome, 26-24.  While the Pats will happily take their first preseason win after strong second-half play from their reserves, the final 30 minutes only covered up an ugly showing from the first-stringers.
Indeed, the Saints outclassed the Patriots' starters throughout the first quarter.  As the Tom Brady-led offense went three-and-out on its first three possessions, the Saints cruised to a field goal and two touchdowns behind Drew Brees.  The chasm between the two future Hall of Famers couldn't have been much wider—Brady averaged a heinous 2.6 yards per attempt, while Brees averaged 15.9 yards per pass on 10 attempts.
Jimmy Garoppolo was relatively efficient throughout the night (28-of-33, 269 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT) and once again demonstrated a strong command of the no-huddle offense.  With just over a minute left in the second qua...

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