Monday Night Madness: Saints-Pats Preview

John ThomasCorrespondent INovember 27, 2009

FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 22:  Randy Moss #81 and Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots celebrate Laurence Maroney's touchdown in the second quarter against the New York Jets on November 22, 2009 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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The New Orleans Saints take on the New England Patriots at 8:30 on Monday, November 30th at 8:30 PM on ESPN. The much-anticipated matchup between two of the NFL's top teams is highlighted by the quarterbacks in this matchup, Drew Brees of the Saints, and Tom Brady of the Patriots. Brees has thrown for 2746 yards this season along with 22 touchdowns and 9 interceptions. Brady is already over the 3000 yard mark this year, with 20 touchdowns and only 6 picks.  Essentially, these two quarterbacks are an even match. So, these two teams should be perfectly even, right?

Take a look at these defensive numbers.

The Patriots give up 296 yards per game. The Saints' defense gives 330 yards to opposing offenses. Sure, this difference seems insignificant. Here are some of the teams the Patriots have faced this year. Miami and their great rushing attack, Indianapolis, the league's other unbeaten, Denver, Baltimore, and Atlanta, who has one of the most balanced attacks in the NFL.

New Orleans has also faced Miami and Atlanta, along with Philadelphia and the New York Giants, whose offense hasn't exactly looked explosive lately. The Patriots surrendered 17 points to Miami and 10 to Atlanta. The Saints gave up 34 to the Dolphins and 27 to the Falcons. You do the math.

Sure, this game will be fun to watch. And no matter what the Saints' defense is like, Drew Brees and his multitude of weapons will be there and will put points on the board. However, as proven earlier in the article, Brady and Brees are basically the same player in terms of production. Randy Moss is a better receiver than Marques Colston and Wes Welker is better than any other Saints receiver. Advantage Patriots.

I'll be watching this game to see if the Saints stay undefeated. I really doubt this will happen. The Patriots will win this game by 4, despite Bill Belicheck and whatever crazy playcall he will try next. Final score: New England 31, New Orleans 27.