Rob Gronkowski Now Has 69 Career TD's; His Favorite Number

When Brady and the offense are running on all cylinders, like they were the first 30 minutes of Sunday's game - 30 points, with seven guys earning rushing stats and six guys hauling in passes - here at the SuperDome, they are No. 1. period. It wasn't a ideal day, with two interceptions getting called back due to penalties, but both were due to the flag, and even as Gronkowski, Philip Dorsett, and Chris Hogan got banged up during the game he was on point throwing comebacks outside the numbers to fullback James Develin.

The Black and Gold start the season 0-2 for the fourth straight year. However, the Patriots are once again enduring the loss of starting tight end Rob Gronkowski, who has been removed from Sunday afternoon's Week 2 matchup due to a "groin injury". Michael Thomas led all Saints receivers with five catches for 89 yards, while Brandon Coleman had 82 yards and a touchdown on four catches. In Week 1, the Saints gave up 29 points and 470 yards.

The only thing the Saints "won" Sunday was keeping wide receiver Brandin Cooks, their former No. 1 pick who was traded to the Patriots in the offseason, under control. I know everyone else is, but we came down here to win. Along with his touchdown reception in the second quarter, he had a couple big pass receptions in the game that kept the chain moving.

In addition to Gronkowski, both James White and Chris Hogan played good games for the Patriots, as they combined for 13 receptions.

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Brady has now thrown for 714 yards over his first two games of 2017, and remarkably, 302 of those yards came during just the first half against the Saints. Brady will challenge the Saints secondary, even without Danny Amendola being an option.

With 4:47 left to play in the half, running back Mike Gillislee ran two yards for a touchdown to put the Patriots up 27-13 following a Gostkowski extra point. Coach Bill Belichick was saying that the Patriots had suffered from a combination of "bad coaching" and "bad playing" in their season-opening defeat to the Kansas City Chiefs. The Saints were torched by the Patriots for 555 total yards, and right now, it looks like they couldn't stop a shark cat on a Roomba. The big tight end got behind a Saints defender and shook off another before finding the end zone.

The Patriots are back home a week from today with the Houston Texans (1-1) in town.

"It wasn't good enough", he said matter-of-factly. Kickoff is at 12:00 p.m. CST.


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