Posts Tagged ‘New Orleans Saints’

Defensive Adjustment: Charting Patriots Personnel in Wake of Jerod Mayo’s Pectoral Injury

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

The Patriots defense will be forced to adjust without Jerod Mayo, who suffered a torn pectoral muscle versus the Saints. (Photo: USA Today Sports Images)

NEPD Editor: Oliver Thomas

As Yahoo Sports’ Les Carpenter first reported, the New England Patriots will be without captain and two-time Pro Bowl linebacker Jerod Mayo for the foreseeable future. In the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints, Mayo and teammate Steve Gregory collided on opposite ends of Saints tailback Darren Sproles.

The pass from quarterback Drew Brees fell incomplete. The incompletion, however, also left the six-year pro wincing on the Gillette Stadium turf. And it was later learned that Mayo had suffered a torn right pectoral muscle and underwent surgery Tuesday.

According to Mike Petraglia of WEEI.com, the tear was suspected to sideline the 2008 first-round draft pick for eight weeks at the very least. But with New England having spent its injured reserve-designated to return tag on running back Shane Vereen, Mayo was placed on injured reserve Wednesday. His season is over.

Where do the Patriots go from here? Can the defense find a way to function without the 27-year-old’s 407 defensive snaps, 55 tackles and two sacks through six contests? The answer to those questions is not yet known, but what we do know is how New England reacted in his absence.

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Moment of Resiliency: Tom Brady, Kenbrell Thompkins, and the Last-Second Touchdown over Saints

Monday, October 14th, 2013

The final two minutes of Sunday’s game saw the Patriots fight back to defeat the Saints. (Photo: USA Today Sports Images)

NEPD Editor: Oliver Thomas

A 10-point halftime lead, as well as four starters, departed from the New England Patriots’ Week 6 battle against the undefeated New Orleans Saints. And with 2:24 remaining, the Patriots found themselves with the football, down 27-23, searching for the energy that had been vacuumed out of Gillette Stadium.

Yet at that juncture, all quarterback Tom Brady found was Saints cornerback Keenan Lewis on a downfield interception. New Orleans took control once again, running the ball three times and expiring New England’s last timeout. Head coach Sean Payton and his Saints squad could not expire the contest, however, as a vital three-and-out by the defense sent the Patriots offense back onto the field with 1:13 left.

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New Orleans Saints at New England Patriots: Ten Keys to Week 6

Sunday, October 13th, 2013

Saints tight end Jimmy Graham is on pace for 118 receptions, 1,898 yards, and nineteen touchdowns in 2013. (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Editor: Matthew Jones

Coming off of a discouraging 13-6 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals in which the Patriots struggled to produce anything on offense, the team faces an even more difficult challenge this afternoon, hosting the undefeated New Orleans Saints, who rank among the league’s top ten teams in both scoring offense and scoring defense. Read on for ten keys to a matchup which should serve as an early litmus test for two championship hopefuls.

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Patriots vs Saints: 10 Keys to the First Preseason Game

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012
DE Chandler Jones

Chandler Jones shined in practice – how will he perform in a game? (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Staff Writer: Matthew Jones

On Thursday night the New England Patriots will take the field for the first time of the 2012 season in preseason action against the New Orleans Saints, who are operating on a short week following Sunday’s 17-10 victory over the Arizona Cardinals in the Hall of Fame game.

The matchup offers a number of intriguing storylines from New England’s perspective; here are ten of the most intriguing angles in the Patriots’ exhibition opener:

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