Rob Gronkowski departs game in third quarter with groin injury

Rob Gronkowski departs game in third quarter with groin injury

Rob Gronkowski departs game in third quarter with groin injury

The New England Patriots took on the New Orleans Saints on Sunday as both teams looked to avoid starting the season 0-2.

A 38-yard connection between Brees and Alvin Kamara led to New Orleans' first touchdown of the day, while they added three points shortly after Brees hit Brandon Coleman with a 48-yard connection on a bad third-and-9 by the Patriots defense. Things are going south very quickly for Sean Payton's team. He is the highest priced quarterback on DraftKings and for good reason.

He got the chance after Tyrann Mathieu intercepted Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett at the Indianapolis 22 yard line on the first play of overtime.

New England dressed only three receivers Sunday, and at one point in the second half, Chris Hogan was limping noticeably before returning.

"Communication was hard - before the game and all game". "We've got to find a way to get a win". "We were able to do that, and that was good".

Brady was masterful, completing 30 of 39 passes for 447 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a sparkling 139.6 passer rating.

With only three wide receivers active, Brady looked to his running backs and tight end Rob Gronkowski to move the chains on the first drive. Does that mean I think he'll shit the bed again in this game? He turned and caught it. The only true irreplaceable player is Gronk, but we saw last season how well they managed in the big picture after that blow.

A pair of young players stepped up in the absence of Dont'a Hightower, albeit at different levels of the defense. Hogan, who caught five passes for 78 yards and a touchdown, spoke to reporters after the game and said he felt "great".

However, when you consider the injuries that the Patriots are dealing with offensively right now, it's the trust factor that might be even more important. When on the field Gronk is the best tight end in the National Football League and maybe the biggest mismatch at the receiver position, he just needs to stay on the field.

But the Patriots responded by scoring 10 points in the final 4:47 of the half and put the game away. The New England Patriots coach seems to have zero concern for individual stats. Brees' deep fade for Ted Ginn Jr. fell incomplete.

"It's classic Tom", Payton said.

In Charlotte, the Carolina Panthers parlayed ferocious defense and three field goals from Graham Gano into a 9-3 victory over the Buffalo Bills. "There were a lot of tight plays and we made them".

The Patriots have also had four more days to prepare for this game than the Saints, who are operating on a short week.

Russell Wilson's nine-yard touchdown pass to Paul Richardson with just over seven minutes remaining sent the Seahawks past San Francisco (0-2).

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