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Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports Many people need their coffee to get up and going in the morning, and especially in the middle of the afternoon when things are starting to drag.  Here at Arrowhead Addict, we understand that for a Chiefs fa...
Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports Many people need their coffee to get up and going in the morning, and especially in the middle of the afternoon when things are starting to drag.  Here at Arrowhead Addict, we understand that for a Chiefs fan, coffee is simply not enough. Here’s all that’s happening around Chiefs Kingdom today. Welcome to The Arrowhead Fix. –Let’s talk about special teams, and specifically, kickers. In many NFL cities special teams is an overlooked part of the game, but not in Kansas City. Dave Toub has the Chiefs’ special teams firing on all cylinders and kicker Ryan Succop is a huge part of that. In fact, I considered him to be the Chiefs most important player against Tennessee last weekend. Succop talked about last Sunday’s win, per Reid Ferrin of KCChiefs.com: “It was awesome,” Succop said of Sunday’s win. “I’m really proud of Dustin (Colquitt) and Thomas (Gafford). I was really pumped that Dustin was able to come out and hold for me. People don’t realize how big of a deal that is, and he toughed it out. Obviously, he was a little banged up and he came out and held and did a great job and fortunately we were able to go out there and make some big kicks today and go out there and put the game away there in the end and praise God.” –There is a group of Kansas City fans who are aiming to have Arrowhead Stadium set the Guinness World Record of 136.6 decibels in regard to stadium noise this Sunday against the Raiders. Rachel Santschi of KCChiefs.com has more in a feature on the movement. –There has been a lot of talk about Tony Gonzalez possibly coming back to the Chiefs via a trade. After all, things are looking bleak in Atlanta and the Chiefs have had injury problems at tight end. Brandon Flowers thoughts on that are as follows, via Terez A. Paylor of The Kansas City Star. “That would be all the way up to Tony Gonzalez if he wants to come back to Kansas City,” said Flowers, who was Gonzalez’s teammate in 2008. “I’d love to have him back here. That’s one of the guys, he was definitely a pro. He definitely taught me how to be a pro in this locker room. He’s just a great guy to have on your team. You can ask anybody that ever played with him. So I would welcome him back with open arms.” For the record, tight end Travis Kelce may be out for the season. Also for the record, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, Atlanta is not interested in a trade at the moment. Brandon Flowers on Tony Gonzalez: “I’d love to have him back here” - Arrowhead Addict - Arrowhead Addict - A Kansas City Chiefs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more
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Travis Kelce, who has yet to play any offensive snaps this season, had knee surgery on Tuesday afternoon, according to Chiefs trainer Rick Burkholder. Andy Reid and GM John Dorsey have not yet decided what they will do with him but endin...
Travis Kelce, who has yet to play any offensive snaps this season, had knee surgery on Tuesday afternoon, according to Chiefs trainer Rick Burkholder. Andy Reid and GM John Dorsey have not yet decided what they will do with him but ending his season early is a possibility. In fact, I would guess that's what they're going to do at some point. Burkholder laid out the timeline of events for us at today's practice. Kelce's knee injury first popped up in training camp. He had an MRI and they determined it was a bone bruise in his knee. But whenever Kelce tried to make a come back to the field, he kept having setbacks. More MRIs were done and they continued to show the bone bruise. He was fine running when attempting to rehab, but he couldn't get in and out of his stance when he put weight on his knee. "Yesterday," Burkholder told the media on Wednesday, "[Kelce] had arthroscopic surgery on his knee. He did find he had a spot on his cartilage at the end of his femur bone. That didn't know up on his MRI but when [the doctor] went in with the scope he could see it. That spot in his knee is in a non-weight bearing area, which is why he could run without pain but couldn't get in and out of his stance, had to have a micro-fracture procedure." Is this a season-ending injury? "Anytime you have knee surgery there's that chance," Burkholder said. Reid didn't say whether the Chiefs would IR him or not -- they're going to take their time -- but the impression I got is that that's a strong likelihood. Is this the type of injury that can threaten his career? "This is an injury that people get better from," Burkholder continued. "He's a young guy and has a healthy knee." So I wouldn't count on Kelce for the rest of this season. The rest of the injury report: Donnie Avery: He has a shoulder contusion and could practice today, according to Reid. Jamaal Charles: He still has blisters on his toes, which are apparently really bad. "They're a mess." He won't practice today but there was every indication that he would be available for Sunday's game. Anthony Fasano: He won't practice with a knee strain. Eric Fisher: He returns today from a concussion. Justin Houston: "He took a hit to the neck area [last week against the Titans] and we'll just see how he does," Reid said. "But he feels great right now. There aren't necessarily symptoms, we just want to make sure we take care of business." Update from today's practice: #Chiefs who did not practice: Charles, Fasano, Houston, Lewis, Kelce. Zombo was in Houston's spot at OLB — Adam Teicher (@adamteicher) October 9, 2013 More from Arrowhead Pride: Stopping the Oakland Raiders Records, stats and notes for the Week 6 game Arrowheadlines: Chiefs News 10/9 Chiefs worked out 5 free agents this week, including 2 QBs Tony Gonzalez shoots down those trade rumors
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Who is Andy Reid? Andeeey Reeeeid. Andy. Reeeeid. Hmmm. Didn't he manage Roy Hobbs to the World Series, in the Natural? I think he did. I think I even remember Andy wishing he was a farmer: Andy Reid: You know my mama wanted me t...
Who is Andy Reid? Andeeey Reeeeid. Andy. Reeeeid. Hmmm. Didn't he manage Roy Hobbs to the World Series, in the Natural? I think he did. I think I even remember Andy wishing he was a farmer: Andy Reid: You know my mama wanted me to be a farmer. Roy Hobbs: My dad wanted me to be a baseball player. Andy Reid: Well you're better than any player I ever had. And you're the best God damn hitter I ever saw. via Pic Source Why the heck would you get a baseball guy, who secretly wants to be a farmer, to coach the Kansas City Chiefs? No? That's not him? Okay, Andy Reid, Andy Reid....is he the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles from 1999-2012. During that tenure, led the Eagles to 5 NFC Championship games and 1 Super Bowl. But they had a lot of talent, didn't they? Anybody could have coached those guys. At least that is what my buddy from Philly said. You can't just come in here, with a floundering team, and make this team look like it belongs in the NFL....and have the players like coming to work, to boot. Can you? Andy Reid Appears To Like A Good Defense From 1999-2012, Andy Reid's Eagles ranked in the top ten in points allowed, 8 times. That is music to this fan's ears. Oh, take me back to Neil Smith and the boys...please! We have to give some kudos to prior coaches and general managers, however. Even Andy Reid would probably tell you that part of his success is his unique position,standing on the pile of coaching bodies that have been drown by this franchise's floundering. Atop all those bodies, he might have a clearer view of the road ahead. You Know Why I Really Like Andy Reid? The guy has done a pretty good job, to this point, of putting a well coached, well dressed, well disciplined team on the field....and the players like coming to work. At least that is what I understand the locker room is like. via Pic Source Do you know how hard it is to demand discipline, the kind it takes to overcome obstacles in the NFL? And at the same time instill a sense of enjoyment for what you do? That is pretty hard to pull off. Sure, the Chiefs are 5-0. Its fun when you are 5-0. But it seems like part of the reason the Chiefs are 5-0 is due to Andy and the enjoyment he tries to bring to the game. Chief Nation Watches There are many eyes upon you Mr. Reid, eyes that watch you every day. They watch and wait, with a hope of many years, listening to every word you say. There is a stirring in this stadium, hoping you're vision is wise. Hoping that your football mind will cause our ship to rise. Our fans are wide-eyed, taking notice, and they are starting to set upright; thinking and dreaming of that day that the Chief can show it's might. So if you can, lift this burden, a burden that has brought us many tears. And we would embrace you as our coach for many many years. -btw- I loved you on the Conan Show. via Pic Source
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Ron Schwane-USA TODAY Sports The Kansas City Chiefs announced to the media today that rookie TE Travis Kelce has undergone a knee surgery that could end his season. Not that his season ever started. From Randy Covitz, of the Kansas City ...
Ron Schwane-USA TODAY Sports The Kansas City Chiefs announced to the media today that rookie TE Travis Kelce has undergone a knee surgery that could end his season. Not that his season ever started. From Randy Covitz, of the Kansas City Star: #Chiefs TE Kelce has knee surgery and could be out for season — Randy Covitz (@randycovitz) October 9, 2013 Trainer says Travis Kelce had arthroscopic surgery yesterday. Found spot on knee that required micro fracture procedure. — Doug Stewart (@dougstewart1) October 9, 2013 The Chiefs should really be thanking their lucky stars about the emergence of TE Sean McGrath because otherwise their TE situation this season has been a complete disaster. Anthony Fasano still is not practicing and though the team has been getting by without him, should something happen to McGrath the KC offense could be in serious trouble. The loss of Kelce is a big blow to the team’s depth at the TE position. This news isn’t likely to quiet the “bring Tony Gonzalez back to Kansas City” campaign that has a few vocal supporters, including this guy. Though bringing Gonzalez back to the Chiefs may not be the most likely course of action, Chiefs GM John Dorsey may need to seriously examine his depth chart and decide wether or not he feels comfortable proceeding with Fasano, McGrath and Kevin Brock. What do you think, Addicts? Do the Chiefs need to bring in another TE now that Kelceis likely finished? Chiefs’ Travis Kelce Has Surgery, Could Be Heading To IR - Arrowhead Addict - Arrowhead Addict - A Kansas City Chiefs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more
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Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports TV Schedule: Sunday, Oct. 13, 1:00 p.m. ET, CBS Stadium: Arrowhead Stadium Weather: High 73, Low 54 Line: Kansas City (-8.5) The Oakland Raiders weren’t expected to do much heading into the 2013 season a...
Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports TV Schedule: Sunday, Oct. 13, 1:00 p.m. ET, CBS Stadium: Arrowhead Stadium Weather: High 73, Low 54 Line: Kansas City (-8.5) The Oakland Raiders weren’t expected to do much heading into the 2013 season and it was almost a lost season before it began as the team named inexperienced and unproven Terrelle Pryor as the starting quarterback. The move has paid off as the team is 2-3 and all Pryor needed was a shot at proving himself and he has done just that. Sitting out in a week four loss due to a concussion he had suffered in week three, the young quarterback came back in week five and guided the Raiders to victory. Oakland hasn’t been overly impressive this season, but his near-70 percent completion rate, 845 passing yards and 229 rushing yards are something to be proud of as he looks like the quarterback of the future for this team. On the other side of the field, the Kansas City Chiefs were expected to be better than they were in 2012 — which isn’t too tough seeing as they went 2-14 last year. No one, however, expected the quick 5-0 start under new head coach Andy Reid and new quarterback Alex Smith. This team did all the right moves in the offseason to ensure a playoff berth would be possible. Smith has been a game-manager and on-field coach for the Chiefs this season. He has been the veteran presence that this team needed after a poor two-win season. Passing for 1,202 yards and seven touchdowns is a much bigger upgrade than people were expecting through five games. Jamaal Charles has stepped up as well in the run game, rushing for 397 yards and three touchdowns. If everyone can stay healthy, this team will be hard to stop. Defensively, the Chiefs have been solid through the first five games. Allowing the least points per game of any team in the league, Kansas City also ranking seventh in yards allowed per game. Oakland has been a surprise on the defensive side of the ball as well, only struggling to stop the pass. The run defense is in the top-12 in the league. PREDICTION: Raiders 13, Chiefs 27 Related: Oakland Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs: Possible Trap Game For KC? Oakland Raiders Haven’t Gotten Any Smarter Connor Muldowney is a columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Connormuldowney, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google. You can also reach him at muldown5@gmail.com.
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Just because Tony Gonzalez said "He Doesn't Want Falcons to Trade Him" doesn't mean anything for two reasons. 1: Because what else does a HOF bound player going to say publicly. The same thing. If you wanted to be traded you don't go...
Just because Tony Gonzalez said "He Doesn't Want Falcons to Trade Him" doesn't mean anything for two reasons. 1: Because what else does a HOF bound player going to say publicly. The same thing. If you wanted to be traded you don't go out in public and say it. Especially Tony Gonzalez because he's a mans man. A true professional! 2: Because at the end of the day the Falcons are going to do what's best for themselves. It's a business and to make a trade is the only thing that makes sense right now because... Everyone is talking about the Falcons are in a bad situation right now. Is it time to call it a season? YES! Really it is time to call it.... Looking at what was said this morning by the one and only.... ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter is quoted saying "the injury to Julio Jones, the Falcons could trade Tony Gonzalez" and more bad news for Falcon fans that concerned WR Roddy White could miss at least one game, possibly more. What should Atlanta do now? Well KC Chief's Big Dog GM Dorsey opened the door or phone line to Atlanta when asked by about trading a draft pick for a HOF TE "I am very FRUGAL with my draft picks" frugal - adjective: 1. sparing or economical with regard to money or food. Telling that KC is willing to talk but the price of the trade will be low. How low is the question? It's got to be realistic for both. I can see a 5th round pick that becomes a 4th if KC makes the Super Bowl. Is that to high. No way to give up a 4th round pick to play in the Super Bowl!!! And if KC doesn't make it to the super Bowl well it would only be a 5th. Please has there ever been a 5th round pick ever as good as Tony Gonzalez (except Tom Brady) Well Atlanta might want more for the HOF Gonzalez's but they won't get anything as close. Well looking at the KC Chief's Offense list of needs is... You guessed it a top TE. Alex Smith loves his TE. It's his favorite target. Hey, Didn't Alex have a pro bowl one in SF. Now the Bearded one McGrath is doing a good job but lets be honest Gonzalez will be a huge up grade right now. But just think having a true (3) TE set McGrath, Fasano and then Gonzalas... Able to run or pass in that formation!?!?! WOW who could stop that. And that would mean KC will have to IR Kelse and they should he is just taking up space right now. Remember these things that Dorsey has said about players "Can they or can they not help us?" "We said that we would turn over every stone possible." So if you were GM what would you give up for Tony Gonzalez? Poll What would you give up for Tony Gonzalez? Nothing at all! Chief's are good to go without him! 6th that becomes a 5th if KC make the SB 5th that becomes a 4th if KC make the SB 4th that becomes a 3th if KC make the SB Figure out something else? 5 votes | Results
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Tony Gonzalez wanted out. Who could blame him? It was early 2009 and the Kanas City Chiefs were rebuilding again. GM Carl Peterson and head coach Herm Edwards were on their way out and new GM Scott Pioli and head coach Todd Haley were in...
Tony Gonzalez wanted out. Who could blame him? It was early 2009 and the Kanas City Chiefs were rebuilding again. GM Carl Peterson and head coach Herm Edwards were on their way out and new GM Scott Pioli and head coach Todd Haley were in. With the end of his career in sight, it was easy to see why Gonzalez wasn’t interested in stomaching another rebuilding process. After all, he likely wouldn’t be around to see it all pay off. So Gonzalez asked for a trade and Pioli obliged, sending the future Hall of Fame TE to  Atlanta for a second-round draft pick. On paper, it was a brilliant trade. The Falcons got a veteran player to help them get over the playoff hump and the Chiefs got a high draft pick for a TE (a TE!) at the very end of his career. In theory, the trade worked out better for the Falcons than it did for the Chiefs. Gonzalez helped Atlanta win a  playoff game and the fact that the Falcons haven’t yet made it to the Super Bowl can’t really be blamed on Tony. The “Ageless Wonder” as some call him, has played very well down south and while he isn’t the same player he was in his prime, he is still one of the top TEs in the NFL. As for the Chiefs, well they used the pick acquired in the Gonzalez trade to draft CB Javier Arenas, who was recently traded to the Arizona Cardinals for a FB. After three years in Atlanta, Gonzalez still came up short of a championship. Despite telling anyone who would listen that 2012 was his last ride, Gonzalez was coaxed out of retirement by an Atlanta team that many felt could once again contend for a Super Bowl in 2013. Tony was still chasing that ring. Can you blame him? Unfortunately for Gonzalez, the only thing you can count on in the NFL is that you can’t count on anything. The Falcons are faltering in 2013 and are off to a 1-4 start.  WR Julio Jones is lost for the season. The team’s running game is faltering, thanks to an injury to offseason acquisition Steven Jackson. Atlanta’s division rival, the New Orleans Saints, are 5-0. To top it all off, the Falcons defense can’t seem to stop anyone and the team just suffered a soul-crushing loss to the New York Jets. Not to take anything away from New York but the Falcons D just got shredded by a rookie QB and guys named Jeremy Kerley and Jeff Cumberland. That brings us to the question that seemed to be on everyone’s mind Monday night as the Falcons were falling to the Jets. Should the Chiefs get Gonzo back from Atlanta? It isn’t a crazy thought to have. Gonzalez is still playing at a very high level and is once again stuck on a team that appears to be going nowhere. The Chiefs are 5-0 and are sporting a championship-caliber defense but a very mediocre offense. Gonzalez to the Chiefs is a deal that should go down. But it won’t. The reasons the trade makes sense for Kansas City are numerous. John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports The Chiefs can’t move the football. Despite the 5-0 record, the Kansas City has yet to find any real swagger on offense. KC’s success is not a mirage but the team is currently relying way too much on defensive and special teams scoring to keep itself from losing. At some point, the Chiefs are going to face and opponent that won’t turn the ball over and won’t allow a special teams score and when that day comes, I’m not sure the Kansas City offense will be up to the task. The Chiefs, as they are currently constructed, are a playoff team. With a little luck, they very well could be the 2012 Baltimore Ravens. Without it, they could be the 2010 Chiefs. Remember the 2010 Chiefs? Beneficiaries of an easy schedule, solid defense and mostly error-free, yet unspectacular QB play, the 2010 Chiefs started the season 3-0 on their way to a 10-6 finish and an AFC West Championship. It wasn’t until the playoffs that the team’s deficiencies were significantly magnified. KC has one legitimate receiving threat in Dwayne Bowe an
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Raiders Offense The Raiders have stayed competitive because of Terrelle Pryor. The Raiders remind me of the Chiefs in their pass protection. Pryor is able to use his feet when the protection breaks down, and that happens on a regular ba...
Raiders Offense The Raiders have stayed competitive because of Terrelle Pryor. The Raiders remind me of the Chiefs in their pass protection. Pryor is able to use his feet when the protection breaks down, and that happens on a regular basis. He has a unique ability to keep the chains moving for this offense. He is what makes this offense go and his growth from last year has been impressive. Quarterback Pryor is a big, physical and athletic quarterback. He can make defenders miss when he runs. He can escape the pocket if a defense doesn't stick to their rush lanes. Pryor can throw on the run accurately. I was impressed with Pryor's location of the balls. A majority of the time, he put them in a good spot. The common theme I found was most of Pryor's passes were between the numbers. This is part of the reason he has been so successful. Defenses haven't forced him to stay in the pocket and throw outside the numbers. When he does, the ball comes out low and a little bit late. The key with Pryor is eliminating his ability to make plays with his legs. Keep him contained in the pocket and force throws outside the numbers. If you let him scramble outside the pocket, he can make the throw. Stuck inside the pocket and expect the ball to be low. He is the number one player who must be contained. Running Game Pryor sets up a lot of stuff in the run game. His ability to run the ball opens up lanes for Darren McFadden, Rashad Jennings and Marcel Reece. The defense has to account for Pryor on every play, which allows some lanes to open up. The bad news for the Raiders is that McFadden has a hamstring injury. Most expect him to be out until Week 7. Rashad Jennings pulled his hamstring during the Chargers game as well and may miss some time. The bad news for the Raiders is that McFadden has a hamstring injury. So that could potentially leave Marcel Reece as the primary option. Jennings gave the Raiders an element of speed. It was straight-line speed but kept a defense honest. McFadden is a dynamic and physical runner that scores a TD with a small opening. He and Pryor are a nightmare to account for both on every play. The loss of McFadden would be huge. Jennings helped keep the chains moving but wasn't a threat to take it the distance. Reece is a power back. He was able to give the Raiders some tough between the tackle runs but nothing more. Receivers Pryor's go-to receivers are Denarius Moore and Rod Streater. Moore gives them their speed down the field. I like Moore's ability to separate on a go route, his toughness on slants and understanding of coming back for the ball when Pryor is in trouble. Streater is their physical possession receiver. I was surprised I didn't see Jacoby Ford more involved in this offense. Moore and Streater are the two biggest threats. Raiders Defense Overall this isn't the tough, physical defense I expected to see in Oakland. The defensive line doesn't collapse the pocket like it did in the past. The linebackers aren't the aggressive and physical hitters they use to be. The secondary is better talent wise but remains undisciplined. The key I found to this side of the ball is the hard count. Teams seem able to get them to jump offsides. The Raiders have a lack of a pass rush and try to get any jump they can. The hard counts seem to be a great way to disrupt them. The secondary seems to play off more than I expected and they can be beat over the top. Defensive Line I used to marvel at the Raiders ability to collapse a pocket in three seconds with their line. This season looks like the 2003 Chiefs -- no defense. QBs have all day back there if they have a respectable o-line. The team normally needs to try stunts and bring blitzes to force pressure on an opposing offense. LaMarr Houston is the one player you must account for on a regular basis. He is the last member of that powerful defensive line. Linebackers The backer who makes plays is Kevin Burnett. He had a monster game against
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Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports Defenses are hit or miss in fantasy football. The top-10 ranked defenses in the preseason according to ESPN were the Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers, Houston Texans, Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals, Ne...
Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports Defenses are hit or miss in fantasy football. The top-10 ranked defenses in the preseason according to ESPN were the Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers, Houston Texans, Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals, New England Patriots, Denver Broncos, Pittsburgh Steelers, St. Louis Rams and Green Bay Packers. Of these 10 teams, only the Seahawks, 49ers, Bears and Bengals are still in the top 10 in fantasy points after five weeks. The Patriots rank 13th, the Texans and Broncos are 17th, the Packers are 25th, the Rams are 26th and the Steelers rank 30th. The biggest surprise defense is the Kansas City Chiefs at No. 1 (originally ranked 25th). They have 87 fantasy points, 24 more than the Seahawks. However, most of these rising defenses were already picked up early in the season. The Chiefs are now owned in 91.6 percent of ESPN leagues. If you are own of those owners that stream fantasy defenses based on matchup, then there is a defense worth picking up for Week 6, and possibly the rest of the season — the New Orleans Saints defense. The Saints came in at 30th during the preseason, a fair ranking based on where they finished last year. The Saints were 32nd in rushing yards and 31st in passing yards allowed per game. They had 30 sacks and 15 interceptions, 25th and 15th in 2012. The New Orleans defense allowed the second-most points per game at 28.4. This year, however, the Saints are a much-improved defense, currently the ninth-best in fantasy. The team has three sacks in each of the last three games and 15 on the season. They have allowed no more than 18 points per game, a 10-point decrease from just a year ago. The defense is also swarming the ball every chance they get. They have seven interceptions (almost half of their 2012 total), six forced fumbles and four recovered. The Saints could attribute their success to the roster additions of Keenan Lewis and Parys Haralson, former Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan or the return of head coach Sean Payton. Whichever it is, the Saints are not the same defense from 2012. They are not giving up the big pass plays like they did last year. Ryan is also pulling back on the number of blitz plays he calls and has more players in coverage. In Week 6, they travel north to take on the Patriots. The Patriots scored just six points against the Bengals, their lowest since 2006. Tom Brady has thrown three interceptions and two games with a completion percentage below 50 percent. Despite the possibility of getting Rob Gronkowski back, the Saints could be a difficult matchup for Brady. The Patriots have a lot of injuries on the offensive side of the ball, and the Saints should be able to take advantage by shutting down Danny Amendola and Gronkowski. Looking ahead, the Saints play the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets in Weeks 8 and 9. They can make for a good three-week play before looking at another defense. If you are an owner of the Texans or Baltimore Ravens‘ defense, I would pick up the Saints’ defense as soon as possible. Bill Pivetz is a fantasy football writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @Mr_Piv1127.
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