Saints vs. Patriots 2013 Preview and Matchup History: Drew Brees has Dominated New England During his Career

Greg M. Cooper-US PRESSWIRE

A detailed look at the history between the Saints and Patriots as well as some standout individual performances by players from both teams before their matchup on Sunday October, 13th 2013 in Gillette Stadium.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (5-0) AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (4-1)

SERIES

SAINTS

PATRIOTS

SERIES LEADER

8-4

STREAKS

3 of past 4

COACHES VS. OPP.

Payton: 1-0

Belichick: 3-1

LAST WEEK

W 26-18 at Bears

L 13-6 at Bengals

LAST GAME

11/30/09: Patriots 17 at Saints 38. New Orleans QB Drew Brees throws for 371 yards & 5 TDs, recording highest possible passer rating (158.3). Devery Henderson adds 75-yard TD catch.

LAST GAME AT SITE

11/20/05: Patriots 24, Saints 17. New England QB Tom Brady completes 15 of 29 passes for 222 yards & 3 TDs, including 60-yarder to WR André Davis.

BROADCAST

FOX (4:25 PM ET): Joe Buck, Troy Aikmen, Pam Oliver (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 93 (NO), 86 (NE). XM: 86 (NE).

STATS

PASSING

Brees: 140-201-1,722 (1C)-12 (2C)-4-107.4 (2C)

Brady: 111-196-1,211-7-3-80.5

RUSHING

P. Thomas: 48-137-2.9-0

Blount: 46-206-4.5-1

RECEIVING

Graham (TE): 37 (T2L)-593 (1L)-16.0-6 (T1C)

Edelman: 36 (2C)-354-9.8-2

OFFENSE

405.0 (3C)

343.4

TAKE/GIVE

+6 (2C)

+4

DEFENSE

330.4

345.0

SACKS

Jordan: 4

Cha. Jones: 3.5

INTs

7 tied: 1

Talib: 4 (T1L)

PUNTING

Morstead: 47.7

R. Allen (R): 44.7

KICKING

Hartley: 50 (1C) (14/14 PAT; 12/14 FG)

Gostkowski: 47 (2C) (8/8 PAT; 13/14 FG)

NOTES

SAINTS

QB DREW BREES is 3-0 vs. NE, completing 47 of 65 (72.3 pct.) for 723 yards with 8 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 148.3 rating. Since joining NO in 2006, leads NFL with 35,293 yards & 256 TDs. Has NFL-record 11 games in row with 25+ completions.

Since 2011, RB DARREN SPROLES leads NFL RBs with 187 catches, 1,685 rec. yards & 15 rec. TDs.

RB PIERRE THOMAS had career-high 2 rec. TDs last week.

TE JIMMY GRAHAM had 10 catches for 135 yards last week & has 100+ yards in 4 games in row, tied for longest streak by TE in NFL history. Ties for NFC lead with 6 TDs. Since 2011 (incl. playoffs), leads NFL TEs with 233 catches & 3,043 yards. Leads NFC TEs with 29 TDs in span.

WR MARQUES COLSTON had 4 catches for 121 yards (30.3 avg.) & TD in last meeting.

DE CAMERON JORDAN has 4 sacks in past 4.

Since 2006 (incl. playoffs), S ROMAN HARPER has 18.5 sacks, most by DB.

Rookie S KENNY VACCARO had 1st career sack last week.

PATRIOTS

Dating back to 2012, NE has won 8 of past 9 regular-season games at home.

With win, BILL BELICHICK (209) can surpass HOFer CHUCK NOLL (209) for 5th-most victories all-time among head coaches.

QB TOM BRADY (341) needs 2 TD passes to surpass HOFer FRAN TARKENTON (342) for 4th-most in NFL history. Has 37-9 record (.804) as starter vs. NFC. For career, Brady is 2-1 vs. NO & has completed 55 of 91 passes (60.4 pct.) for 717 yards with 7 TDs vs. 2 INTs & 101.8 rating.

For career, RB BRANDON BOLDEN averages 5.2 yards per carry.

TE ROB GRONKOWSKI has 8 career TD receptions in 11 career games vs. NFC.

WR JULIAN EDELMAN has 7+ catches in 4 of 5 games in '13.

Rookie WR KENBRELL THOMPKINS ranks 1st among AFC rookies in receiving yards (273)...Defense has forced turnover in 32 consecutive games, longest active streak in NFL.

DE CHANDLER JONES has 3.5 sacks in past 4 games.

In past 5, CB AQIB TALIB has 4 INTs & FF. Has team-best 8 passes defensed.

LB BRANDON SPIKES posted 1st INT of season last week & 2nd of career.

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