Kristian: Brady & the Patriots are plenty motivation for the Saints
The Saints have every reason to feel good about themselves at 5 and 0 and atop the NFC standings. Still, quarterback Drew Brees is in no way letting his foot off the gas.
“There is a lot of football left to played, while we are happy to be 5 and 0 that doesn’t guarantee us anything for this week or the rest of the season,” Brees said.
The Saints Brees are preparing for an angry Patriots team that is coming off a loss last week to the Bengals “The tide shifts and changes at any moment for teams, and divisions. All I know I’m just worried about us. I know if we take care of our business; whatever anyone else does won’t matter.”
The Saints have been here before…unbeaten, staring at the New England Patriots on the schedule. In 2009, New Orleans crushed the Patriots in primetime 38-17 in week 12, running their record to 11 and 0. It was a game made even more memorable by the fact that the Patriots pulled Tom Brady in the waning minutes of the game, effectively throwing in the towel. Brees says that was a landmark win that season. “We knew we were good, but you need to have another test to confirm that, that was a big win for us at that time,” Brees said.
The Patriots are 31 and 3 at home in the last three years, and Brees is gearing up for another road test. “You are only as good as your next performance number one. Going on the road, in a hostile environment.” The Saints have been hesitant to compare the 2009 team to the start they’re off to this season. Though the comparisons are interesting, they’re also very different. The offense isn’t as explosive, but still very capable of scoring a ton of points. The defense is vastly improved and living by the mantra of “Operation Feed Drew Brees,” meaning get Drew Brees the ball back as much as possible. Several players in the locker room spoke about the level of importance this game holds headed into the bye week.
Four players missed practice Wednesday for the Saints. Offensive Tackle Zach Strief (ankle) sat out of practice today. WR Lance Moore (hand) DL Tyrunn Walker (knee) S Roman Harper (knee) also missed practice. RB Mark Ingram was limited in today’s workout still battling a toe injury that has kept him out since week 3. Broderick Bunkley (calf) S Malcolm Jenkins (neck) and CB Keenan Lewis (knee) were limited in practice.