College of Sports Media Game of the Night:
Its seems like over the last couple of weeks the NFL Monday night-er has been off its game. Sure division battles like Cleveland vs Baltimore or Tennessee against Houston are okay, but when one of the teams is likely out of the play off race, the game loses its edge. Tonight lock the doors, hide the women and children because the Monday night-er is coming back with a vengeance. The 7-3 New England Patriots are in the Big Easy to take on the undefeated New Orleans Saints (10-0). This game is going to be all about offence. Both teams are extremely high powered and ready to go. Quarterback Drew Brees is the catalyst for the Saints. He’s thrown for close to 2800 yards and 22 touchdowns. With a stable of wide receivers like Marques Colston, Devery Henderson and Robert Meachem to chose from opposing corner backs better come prepared to work. All three wide outs are averaging over 15 yards per reception and have combined for 13 touchdowns. The Saints also have a three-headed monster in the backfield. Running backs Pierre Thomas, Mike Bell and Reggie Bush have done a great job at sharing the work load. The trio has combined for 1375 rushing yards and 14 trips to the end zone.
In New England the offence begins and ends with Tom Brady. Brady missed all of last season with a knee injury and although the begin of the season wasn’t that great Brady has returned to form. He’s averaging over 300 yards per game and has thrown 20 touchdown passes. The Pats have the number two offence in the league (behind the Saints). It’s a two-headed beast at the wide out spot for the Patriots. Randy Moss and Wes Welker continue to dominate opposing DBs. The dynamic duo has combined for 142 receptions, 1779 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns. Welker is tied for the league lead in receptions (79). New England is also the last team to have a spotless regular season record. In 2007 the team was a win away from completing the perfect season, but lost to the New York Giants in the Super Bowl. Two weeks ago the Patriots were a fourth and two away from ending Indianapolis’ perfect season. Tonight they get a chance to hang the first loss on the Saints. Is that extra motivation enough to push New England over the top?