Saints will have to win a shootout to beat Patriots, stay unbeaten

By Steve Wyche | NFL.com
Senior Writer

The weekend has provided us with a clearer picture of how the trek to the playoffs could be for a handful of teams. Now, it’s on to the real show: New England vs. New Orleans. Both teams seem poised to capture the AFC East and NFC South, respectively, so this is more about The Big Game than anything else.

In order to get the goods on this possible Super Bowl preview, I spoke with some general managers who’ve played either New England or New Orleans and the feeling is that the Patriots, who have three losses and are playing on the road, will hand the Saints their first loss of the season.

There is doubt that New Orleans’ defense will be able to hold up against Tom Brady, Wes Welker and Randy Moss. Remember, these aren’t guys simply regurgitating the Saints’ weak spot from the past. These are opinions from men whose teams have played New Orleans or New England.

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