Backup quarterback Brian Hoyer found Britt Davis for a short pass in the end zone 5:21 into the third quarter, which was all the New England Patriots needed to edge the New Orleans Saints 7-6 in their preseason opener Thursday night at Gillette Stadium. Both Tom Brady and Drew Brees left after two series and failed to find their rhythm at any point in the first quarter. Brady completed 4-of-7 passes for 30 yards and Brees hit just 1-of-4 of his targets for 4 yards.
Patriots running backs Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen racked up over 100 yards collectively from 19 carries. The obvious bright spot that New England took away from the game was their overall stellar play on the defensive end, holding the Saints to just two field goals in total.
“We held them to six points, so that’s always good,” said safety Patrick Chung, who had one of the Patriots’ two interceptions. “It’s always feels good to get an interception. It’s just preseason but you’ve still got to make plays.”
The Pats will head back to the practice field over the next few days in preparation for their upcoming home game against the Philadelphia Eagles Monday, August 20th. They will open their regular season campaign Sunday, September 9th at Tennessee. Check for the best available New England Patriots tickets with us at Ace!