Coming off a loss to the Cincinnati Bengals where the New England Patriots could only muster six points, it’s pretty obvious that Patriots usually robust offense needs to do more, and Tom Brady seems to agree.
The three-time Super Bowl winning quarterback had this to say to Boston.com, per Pro Football Talk:
I just want us to score points, so whatever it takes to score points, that’s what matters. I think you let your emotions get into it and feelings and so forth – I mean realistically, you have to come up with a plan. We have to figure out how to score points.
I said after the game, we’re not going to win many games scoring six points. So, if we score six points this weekend, we probably won’t win. We’ve got to do a lot better than that.
Going against the undefeated New Orleans Saints this week, the Patriots will absolutely have to score more. The Saints are 9th in points per game, averaging 26.8 a game. There defense is only allowing a surprising 14.6 points a game, 4th best in the league. Meanwhile, the Patriots are 24th in the league in scoring.
However, Brady has a plan:
I think we’ll try to put together any drive at this point to score points. Long, short, it doesn’t matter. We’ve got to score touchdowns. This defense really forces you into some long drives. I don’t think they’ve given up many big plays this year. They have played from the lead a bunch, which is why they probably have a lot of sacks, interceptions, and have been ahead in a lot of these games.
We’ve got to try and score quickly, methodically, whatever it takes, because they have a good offense, they have a good team, they play well on special teams. We are going to have to play a very well-rounded game.
Potentially getting tight end Rob Gronkowski back this week should help the Patriots score more points, it may still be enough to hand the Saints their first defeat.