A Super Bowl preview? Maybe. The Saints have quickly rebounded after the return of head coach Sean Payton from a season-long suspension, while the Patriots have recovered nicely in the absence of some of their star players. Which team boasts a bigger confidence boost to their conference after Sunday?
The 4-1 Patriots are coming off of their first loss of the season, falling 13-6 to the Cincinnati Bengals. The offense simply has not been the same this year in the absence of All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski, but he is probable to make his season debut against New Orleans on Sunday.
The Saints will counter with their own All-Pro tight end.
Jimmy Graham has put up astounding numbers with Drew Brees this year, catching 37 passes for 593 yards during New Orleans 5-0 start to the season. If they can travel to New England and beat the Patriots, they'll only further establish that at least the Saints could be considered a Super Bowl favorite.
Here is how you can watch this big inter-conference matchup.
Sunday, October 13, 4:25 PM EST
Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, Massachusetts
New England: FOX 25
New Orleans: WVUE FOX 8
DirecTV Sunday Ticket allows subscribers to watch every Sunday morning and afternoon game, as long as it is not already being broadcast by your local affiliate.
Verizon subscribers can watch games live with the NFL Mobile app (subscription required).
NFL Game Pass offers live online broadcasts to users outside the USA. NFL Game Rewind allows subscribers to watch every NFL game after it airs, as long as no other games are airing at that time.
New England: WBZ 98.5 FM
New Orleans: WWL 870 AM, 105.3 FM