Patriots vs. Saints Preseason #2 Halftime Thoughts
As the New England Patriots and New Orleans Saints head into their respective locker rooms after the first half of action, here are a few stats and thoughts on the first two quarters that has produced a 21-7 New Orleans lead.
Brady Gets Three Lackluster Series- Starting quarterback Tom Brady played the first three offensive series for the team and was unable to get anything going against a New Orleans secondary that featured no starters. Brady was held to a dismal 13 yards as he completed just two of his five pass attempts. Of course he didn't get a lot of help from a group of young receivers and young linemen.
Garoppolo Looking Much Better- Backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has looked better so far tonight, completing 11 of his 13 pass attempts for 113 yards. He Also fired his first touchdown of the preseason to receiver Chris Harper, who has impressed many through the first two weeks. The score showed off Garoppolo's ability to break free from a tough pass rush and fire a strike 24 yards into the end zone.
Offensive Line Struggles- The Pats' offensive line struggled in both the passing and rushing games for most of the first half. A combination of both youth and inexperience will do that to you.
Defense Spends Way Too Much Time On Field- Due to the lack of production from the offense, the New England defense saw way to much time on the field in the first half. They didn't look too good either as veteran Saints quarterback Drew Bree's torched the still developing Pats secondary for 159 yards and two scores on 8-10 passing in the first quarter. While Bree's is an all-pro, the secondary needs to get better.
Special Teams Not So Special- Kicker Stephen Gostkowski whiffed on a 57 yard field goal attempt in the second quarter. While 57 yards is nothing to sneeze at, they are playing indoors so there is no weather to worry about. It appeared that Gostkowski just yanked the kick a bit to the left. The good news is that the kick had plenty of leg.