The New England Patriots find themselves atop the AFC East Division by two games heading into their toughest matchup of the year against the 10-0 New Orleans Saints. While New England stays undefeated at home following a big win against the New York Jets Sunday night, they hold a 1-4 record on the road. The only W they’ve claimed away dates back to October 25th in London, with the proclaimed home advantage going to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Quarterback Tom Brady believes a victory on Monday would be the perfect start to the last few weeks of their 2009 regular season campaign. “We need a big win on the road,” he said. “We’ve had three opportunities and we’ve lost all three. This would be a great one to get.”
The Saints are coasting through the NFC South by five games and coming off a strong 38-7 dominating performence over the Bucs. Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said in a press conference this week that this year’s New Orleans Saints team reminds him of Kurt Warner and the 2001 St Louis Rams.
“I can’t think of too many teams, I can’t think of any really, that are any more explosive than this team is,” said Belichick. “I’ve talked about the Rams, I’ve talked about the Chargers in the early ’80s, but these guys can run with anybody.” He then added that the Saints are “as good a team as there is in the National Football League this year, so it will be a great test for us to kind of see where we’re at.” Monday night’s showdown is set for 8:30 PM.
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