Saints Lead Patriots 3-0 After First Half

Aug 9, 2012; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) is hit by New Orleans Saints defensive end Will Smith (91) during the first quarter of the preseason game at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-US PRESSWIRE

Following one half of play the New Orleans Saints lead the New England Patriots by a score of 3-0 at Gillette Stadium.

A pretty boring game really, with not much offense from either team. The defense, though, has looked pretty damn good. So much that I'm starting to get a little tingly in my pants.

Curtis Lofton got things started off on the right foot with some nice hits. That man can cover some turf in a hurry! Akiem Hicks and Junior Galette have looked very impressive, getting good pressure. Definitely your players of the game on defense thus far. Marquis Johnson has also been involved on a few good plays.

On offense the Saints backup quarterbacks have been unimpressive, each throwing an interception. Courtney Roby has been playing like a man on fire, however. He's in the zone.

Keep it here to chat about the second half! Click the picture for more from the first half of tonight's game. Make the jump for first half stats.

Team Stats

NO NE
First Downs 8 11
Total Yards 154 170
Passing Yards 111 122
Rushing Yards 43 48
Penalties (Yds) 4(30) 4(35)
Turnovers 2 2
Punts (AVG) 3(39) 3(46)
Time of Pos. 14:40 15:19

Top Performers

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
Passing CP/AT YDS TD INT
C. Daniel 4/6 62 0 1
Rushing CAR YDS TD LG
P. Thomas 2 18 0 13
C. Ivory 7 14 0 7
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
C. Roby 4 73 0 30
M. Higgins 2 21 0 15
A. Tanner 1 10 0 10
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
Passing CP/AT YDS TD INT
T. Brady 4/7 30 0 0
Rushing CAR YDS TD LG
S. Ridley 8 40 0 9
D. Woodhead 1 3 0 3
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
J. Edelman 4 36 0 23
R. Gronkowski 2 20 0 11
A. Hernandez 1 7 0 7
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