I just realized that this game is more important to the Patriots than the Saints. Why? Because just like the Dolphins before them, the Patriots don't want another team to go undefeated in the regular season in the modern era. They have the chance to stop them (although they did fail against the Colts).
I think that the Patriots will leave with a victory and the two teams just might see each other again in the Super Bowl in which the Saints will win...
Pats need this win more than the Saints, so Pats win they need to keep up with the Colts, San Diego, Bengals/Steelers not the Saints. If they lose this game their seeding is playoffs (if the make it) is severely affected.
New England has the number one first half offense and a habit of giving leads away late. New Orleans has the number one second half offense and a habit of being down early. Biggest question is whether the Saints will let the Patriots get too far ahead before they make their move.
All I have to say is...that's what happens when you throw stats at people. I am a life long fantasy football guru...there's a lot of so called 'stats'. scenarios, and what is 'supposed' to happen. You can throw all that stuff out the window when two juggernauts collide.
And lets face it, the AFC is no longer the king of the conferences. NFC is coming back, baby. STRONG...
in truth, the NFL is very strange right now. You have maybe 4 of the best teams ever...their offenses match any of the great titan franchises including the 80s 49ers, 90s Cowboys, 70s Steelers, 60s Greenbay...and on down the list...or even the mighty Broncos in the late 90s. On the other hand, you have maybe the 5 worst teams ever assembled. And then there are all the teams in the middle, fighting for their lives to make the playoffs. The NFL is great!