New Orleans Saints at New England Patriots Preview

By Kyle Dudley  |   Friday, November 18, 2005  |  Comments( 0 )

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The 2-7 New Orleans Saints travel to Foxboro this weekend to take on the 5-4 defending champion New England Patriots. Kickoff is at 1:00 PM Eastern Time.

This was the match-up that started it all. The last time these two teams met, the Patriots went on to rip off 9 consecutive wins including their first Super Bowl. The Patriots just hope the Saints are their good luck charm again this time around, since New England has yet to manage consecutive wins this year.

The defending champion New England Patriots are still leading the AFC East, but in last week's come from behind win over the Miami Dolphins, their injury woes continued. Center Dan Koppen, the anchor of New England's great offensive line and starter of 46 consecutive games, injured his shoulder. The injury will keep him out the rest of the year. Koppen is the fifth offensive starter missing from the Patriot lineup, including running back Corey Dillon, who is out with a sprained ankle. Heath Evans, who replaced Dillon last week, rushed for a career best 84 yards against the Dolphins.

The New Orleans Saints, coming off of a bye week, have lost 5 straight games and 7 of their last 8. During the losing streak, the Saints have struggled on both sides of the ball having been outscored 155-74.

Two weeks ago, New Orleans suffered a tough 20-17 loss against Chicago. Antowain Smith went for 110 yards on the ground in the game, which was the most he had since becoming a Saint. The game was decided when the Bears went 65 yards down the field and kicked a game winning 28-yard field goal with 6 ticks on the clock.

New Orleans quarterback Aaron Brooks has been held under 200 yards passing for two straight games. Against the Bears, he was 16-of-26 for 170 yards and just one touchdown against two interceptions.

The New England Patriots are 7-3 all time against the New Orleans Saints, but all three of those losses have come at home.
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