After suffering their first defeat of the season at the hands of the Bengals Sunday, the Pats will try to stop the bleeding against the surging 5-0 Saints. Here's a look at the matchups that could determine this showdown.
When the Saints have the ball:
Sheesh. The Patriots defense continued to look good against Cincinnati, giving up only 13 points in the loss, but they're facing a different animal this week. New Orleans boast two of the toughest matchups in the entire NFL and the success of the Patriots will largely hinge on how they handle those assignments.
I'm talking, of course, about Jimmy Graham and Darren Sproles. Graham is off to a historical start, as he already has 37 catches for 593 yards and 6 touchdowns. In case you're wondering, that projects to an astronomical line of 118 catches, 1,898 yards and 19 touchdowns over a full season. At 6'7", the former Division I basketball player is simply too big, too fast and too athletic for pretty much anyone in the league to cov...