But it's clear the need to do so will be heightened against a New Orleans team also looking to avoid an 0-2 start.
Sunday's game will be the 13th meeting ever between the two teams. The New England Patriots hosted the Kansas City Chiefs in an AFC divisional playoff game at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016.
Tight end Coby Fleener showed signs of becoming the fauture face of the New Orleans' offense after an unbelievable performance in the game 1 loss.
The 40-year-old Brady hasn't often looked better in his long, illustrious career, providing an audible contingent of traveling Patriots fans who chanted their star QB's name ample reason to spend the rest of their Sunday celebrating on Bourdon Street. He was sacked three times.
In an interview that will air on "CBS Sunday Morning" on Sunday (9 a.m. ET), Brady said of concussions, "I don't worry about them, no". 'I mean, I'm not oblivious to them. Not even I'm that courageous.
Vaccaro and the Saints note that Gronkowski (6 foot 6, 265 pounds) never needs to leave the field because he's as effective in the run game as he is in the pass game. It won't help that Danny Amendola is already listed as out for the game, so he'll only have a handful of speedsters at his disposal when he loves to work the slot and the possession guys.
Rob Gronkowski is going to be a very happy man. Malcolm Butler and Stephon Gilmore could have had a better showing at corner too.
Kind of the same thing applies to this match-up as if Vikings QB Sam Bradford can be the player of the week against the Saints Defense then what can a player like Tom Brady do?
This just feels like a big bounce back game for the Patriots. The deflating drive ended with a fourth-and-3 pass into the end zone.
Of the three divisional games the Saints and Patriots might be fun to watch to start but by the second half the most fun might be watching Saints HC Sean Payton getting yelled at by Adrian Peterson on the sideline.