Brady and Brees eye rebound
New Orleans v New England
While they’re both locks for the Hall of Fame when their playing days are over, Tom Brady and Drew Brees’ only concern at the moment is avoiding a 0-2 start to the season.
For New England, the defending champions were wiped out at home in the season opener by Kansas City, allowing 42 points and 537 total yards – both the most during Bill Belichick’s tenure.
The Patriots haven’t started 0-2 since 2001, when Tom Brady hadn’t yet emerged onto the scene and was still backing up Drew Bledsoe.
Brady, who had his own struggles in Week 1, said of bouncing back: “When you get beat the way we got beat, I think that sat with everyone for a very long time, and we’re going to have to do something about it.”
One of Brady’s biggest weapons, wide receiver Brandin Cooks, is returning to New Orleans, where he spent the first three years of his career before being traded this past offseason.
Cooks was already in line for plenty of targets after Julian Edelman suffered an ACL tear in preseason, but he should have an even more increased role with slot receiver Danny Amendola out with a concussion and knee injury.
Brees, meanwhile, will face a depleted Patriots defence that is without leader and edge rusher Dont’a Hightower, out with a knee injury.
“A sense of urgency has been created,” said Brees.
Not his first rodeo: Tom Brady.