New England Patriots (15-4) at New Orleans Saints (7-9)
NFL Football: Saturday, August 22, 2015 at 7:30 pm (Mercedes-Benz Superdome)
The Line: New Orleans Saints -2 -- Over/Under: 42 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The New England Patriots and New Orleans Saints play a preseason game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
The New England Patriots are coming off a 22-11 loss to the Green Bay Packers. Jimmy Garoppolo completed 20 of 30 passes for 159 yards and an interception while Tom Bray threw four passes for 10 yards. With Brady facing a suspension, Garoppolo will continue to get pretty much every rep throughout the preseason. Jonas Gray had 74 rushing yards and a touchdown on seven carries while James White had 52 receiving yards on four receptions. Defensively, Jonathan Freeny leads the pats with nine tackles, Trey Flowers had a sack and Logan Ryan had a pass deflection. The Patriots are just trying to get healthy on defense with injuries to Jerod Mayo, Dont'a Hightower and Dane Fletcher, among others.
The New Orleans Saints are coming off a 30-27 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Ryan Griffin led New Orleans with 112 passing yards and a touchdown while Luke McCown completed 70 percent of his passes for a touchdown. Unlike the first preseason game, Drew Brees should see some reps this time around, likely taking some plays away from Garrett Grayson. Khiry Robinson had 35 rushing yards on two carries and Josh Hill had 40 receiving yards on three receptions. Defensively, Ramon Humber led the Saints with nine tackles, Kenny Phillips had a tackle for loss and Kaleb Eulls had a pass deflection. Besides injuries to C.J. Spiller and Jairus Byrd, the Saints enter the second week of the preseason as one of the healthier teams in the league.
The Patriots are 14-6 ATS in their last 20 games on fieldturf and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 Saturday games. The Saints are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games on fieldturf and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The home team is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings.
I like the Pats this preseason, as they have one quarterback who is going to play pretty much all of the reps. Meanwhile, the Saints are mixing it up and have a different guy running the offense each quarter. Give me New England and the free points.