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Three of the teams have gone on to win the Super Bowl, including the Patriots in 2001. Then the highest paid player in the game, Bledsoe had completed 40 of 66 passes through two games.

Seven of the 12 games have been decided by a touchdown or less - including two by a field goal.

"You know what?" Brees started. But quarterback Tom Brady and Cooks have been developing a solid chemistry all summer. The Patriots lost at home to the Kansas City Chiefs 42-27.

The Patriots are the best team in the National Football League following losses, as they are 42-6 in the regular season since 2003, and taking things even further, they have shown the ability to follow up bad losses with tremendous performances. No one knows better than him that a similar effort to the one put forth vs. the Chiefs won't get it done on Sunday. "He just wants to do the right thing all the time, and it's fun to see".

"When you get outscored by 21 points and outgained by 200 yards in the fourth quarter, there was a lot of things that need some adjusting", he continued.

For the Patriots to emerge victorious, Brady said there can be no repeat of the particularly bad effort they offered in the second half against the Chiefs. He's got great talent, but he's even a better person and he's young, he's professional, he's diligent, he's very competitive. "I'm focusing on the guys that I'm playing with, and that's all that I can do".

In Week 2, the Patriots will have a golden fantasy matchup against the New Orleans Saints.

The Saints just happen to be this week's opponent for the Patriots, another reason not to press the panic button.

The Minnesota Vikings moved up six spots to No. 9 after opening with a win against the Saints. So are some fantasy performer on the Saints. The Patriots won in convincing fashion, launching a nine-game winning streak that culminated in the franchise's first Super Bowl victory. Are some of Brady's other weapons ready to step up in his absence?

That said, the Saints are 7-2 ATS in the past nine meetings despite losing four of the previous five, so look for them to lose yet again but pull off the cover. "I thought it was holding at first, the flag". Cooks made an impact in his debut for the Patriots with three catches for 88 yards.

"It's just another away game", Cooks said when asked about what his return to New Orleans means to him on Wednesday.

Whether it was the Patriots' successful attempt to trade for wide receiver Brandin Cooks or the Saints' unsuccessful attempt to acquire cornerback Malcolm Butler, the two teams found themselves linked quite often.

Brady added: "I hope so". Cooks spent the first three years of his career with the Saints. "When you start to get hyped up too much, you psyche yourself out".

While Gronk may not be longing to don a Saints jersey anytime soon, there is something that Drew Brees is doing that may make Gronk jealous, and it involves donuts.

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