Brady and Brees eye re­bound

New Or­leans v New Eng­land

Sport360 - - Us Sports Nfl - By Jay Asser @Jay_Asser jayasser@sport360.com

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.

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