December 3, 2023

For the second straight week, the New England Patriots received flat out embarrassed – this time in a 34-0 skunking to the New Orleans Saints. It was one other poor recreation from Mac Jones and the offense round him, which resulted within the QB being benched for Bailey Zappe but once more.

New England now falls to 1-4 on the season, with critical query marks concerning the route of this crew.

Right here’s every part that went down from Gillette Stadium.

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First Quarter

The Patriots gained the coin toss and deferred, placing Derek Carr and the Saints on the sector first to start Sunday’s contest. New England began with Josh Uche and Anfernee Jennings alongside the sting, with Myles Bryant and Jonathan Jones at cornerback. The Saints began with two straight touches for Alvin Kamara, earlier than Carr hit Michael Thomas for 14 yards on third-down. After Carr and Kamara picked up one other first-down on back-to-back runs, Shaun Wade then broke up a cross to Michael Thomas earlier than Ja’Whaun Bentley received dwelling off a simulated strain for a sack on third-down. New Orleans then punted.

Jabrill Peppers truthful caught New Orleans’ punt on the six-yard line, which is the place Mac Jones began the Patriots first drive of the sport. After an eight-yard rush by Rhamondre Stevenson to begin the drive, Jones fired an incompletion to Kendrick Bourne off play-action, earlier than failing to hit Hunter Henry on third-and-two down the sector. New England then punted, the place a low snap from Joe Cardona led to only a 26-yard punt.

The Saints began their subsequent possession in New England’s territory, however weren’t capable of benefit from the sector place. A false begin set New Orleans up with a third-and-nine, the place Carr’s cross went off of Jimmy Graham’s palms. The punt from New England’s 39-yard line bounced into the top zone.

New England’s second drive of the sport ended with catastrophe, as Jones noticed a repeat of final week’s recreation towards Dallas. Making an attempt to do an excessive amount of whereas beneath strain on third-down, his cross was intercepted by Tyrann Mathieu who returned it 27 yards for a landing. [Patriots 0 : 7 Saints]

Trailing 7-0, two touches to Ezekiel Elliott and Ty Montgomery set New England up with a third-and-seven. Beneath strain, Jones lofted a cross downfield to Demario Douglas who hauled it in for a 24-yard achieve. The play stood after assessment and an pointless roughness added on 15 extra yards. That was all of the success New England’s offense discovered, as Chad Ryland then pushed a 48-yard discipline objective huge left.

The Saints started at their very own 38-yard line following the miss, the place Carr related with Thomas on third-and-11 for a 26-yard completion. Two performs later, Carr then discovered Rashid Shaheed for 25 yards to maneuver the ball inside the ten. On third-and-goal, Kamara plunged it in for a rating. [Patriots 0 : 14 Saints]

Second Quarter

Discovering themselves once more in a double-digit deficit, the Patriots began their subsequent drive on their very own 17-yard line after a Montgomery return. They shortly went three-and-out, as Jones fired a bounce ball incompletion to DeVante Parker on third-down. New England punted, which featured one other poor snap from Joe Cardona.

Beginning at their very own 41-yard line, rookie Kendre Miller broke free for a 33-yard catch and run. The Saints then labored themselves contained in the 10-yard line on a trio of runs, the place Carr then discovered Chris Olave for a rating. [Patriots 0 : 21 Saints]

The Patriots picked up a pair of first downs after two straight touches on the bottom to Elliott after which an unlawful use of palms penalty on New Orleans. The offense then stalled, as Jones’ third-down cross once more fell incomplete down the left sideline to Parker.

Baringer’s punt began New Orleans at their very own 16-yard line, the place they wanted only a handful of performs to march throughout midfield. Following the two-minute warning, Carr lofted a third-down cross down discipline to Olave however the receiver was not capable of get each toes inbounds. New Orleans punted.

Taking on at their very own 18 with 1:03 left int he half, Jones hit Parker to begin the drive alongside the sideline for 14 yards. Jones then related with Bourne over the center for 15 yards earlier than Bourne drew a 14-yard cross interference on the subsequent play. New Orleans then received dwelling for a sack to push the Patriots again, the place Jones was then sacked once more on third-down. They punted after a New Orleans timeout.

The Saints took a knee after only a 10-yard return.

Third Quarter

New England’s opening drive of the second half adopted an analogous script of the primary half. On third-and-one, they tried to faux the “Tush Push” with a pitch that Stevenson was not capable of corral. The Saints recovered on the New England 29-yard line.

Damage replace: WR Demario Douglas (head) has been downgraded to out; OL Mike Onwenu (ankle) is questionable to return.

Following the turnover, New England’s protection held as Myles Bryant received dwelling on third-down for a sack. Blake Grupe’s 54-yard discipline objective was good. [Patriots 0 : 24 Saints]

New England’s offense lastly hit a downfield play as Jones hit Bourne for 28 yards off play-action on the primary play of their subsequent drive. Then dealing with a fourth-and-three at New Orleans’ 40-yard line, they determined to punt again to the Saints.

Following the punt, the Saints could not get a lot going backed up inside their very own 20. Two runs and a brief completion led to a punt.

Again with the ball, Mac Jones and the Patriots stayed in impartial. A primary-down run was blown up earlier than Jones’ third-down cross was incomplete to Gesicki.

Baringer’s 57-yard punt – and a maintain on New Orleans – pinned the Saints at their very own five-yard line. On a then third-and-eight, Kamara burst via the center for 10 yards. On the subsequent third-and-seven, New England introduced strain however Carr shortly discovered Thomas for 13 yards. A handful of runs by Kamara then set the Saints up close to midfield, the place Carr sailed a third-down cross forcing a punt.

On New England’s first play of the subsequent drive, Jones hit Ty Montgomery off play-action. However, Montgomery was hit as he made the catch which resulted within the ball being airborne, and the Saints hauled it in for an interception.

Fourth Quarter

New Orleans started on the New England 31-yard line following the INT, the place Miller picked up a primary down on two straight touches. Then contained in the 10-yard line after a Kamara 10-yard catch and run, Carr tossed a cross to Foster Moreau for a landing. [Patriots 0 : 31 Saints]

Bailey Zappe took over at quarterback on the Patriots subsequent drive. After back-to-back handoffs, Zappe overshot a large open Hunter Henry down the left sideline on third-down. New England punted.

The Saints once more began inside their 20, the place they saved it on the bottom with rookie Kendre Miller. On third-down, Carr’s cross to Miller got here up in need of the sticks leading to a punt.

Again with the ball, New England confronted a gap third-and-one the place Zappe sailed one other ball to a large open Kendrick Bourne. On fourth-down, Stevenson was then stopped in need of the sticks.

Following the turnover on downs, Olave was not capable of corral Carr’s third-down cross ultimately zone. Grupe’s 53-yard discipline objective was then good. [Patriots 0 : 34 Saints]

A false begin from Kendrick Bourne (his second of the sport) pushed New England behind the sticks to begin their subsequent possession. An incompletion to Montgomery and two straight Elliott touches then led to a different punt.

Jameis Winston got here in for the Saints with 4:07 remaining, the place New Orleans saved it on the bottom three straight instances and punted.

Damage replace: LB Ja’Whaun Bentley (shoulder) is questionable to return.

Zappe’s cross with 2:10 left to Bourne fell incomplete. Following the two-minute warning, a third-and-five cross to Gesicki was damaged up alongside the sideline. Going for it on fourth-down, Zappe was compelled out of the pocket the place a cross to Montgomery fell incomplete.

The Saints took over at their very own 17 with 1:50 left within the recreation, the place they took three knees to finish the sport. [Patriots 0 : 34 Saints]

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