METAIRIE, La. (BRPROUD) — The Saints are facing an opponent Sunday with similar frustrations. The New England Patriots are 31st in the league in average points per game averaging 13.8 points per game, only better than the Cincinnati Bengals. 

New England is also fresh off the team’s worst loss in the Bill Belichick era. Despite all the issues with the Patriots, the Saints say it’s still going to be a challenge with New England boasting a top-10 defense and knowing Belichick’s reputation. 

“No matter what, like going against the Patriots is just a challenge in itself, you know, going against Coach Belichick and all the talent that they have on their defense,” Derek Carr, Saints quarterback, said. “There’s no denying his success. There’s no denying what he’s been able to accomplish. And being one of, if not the best coach to ever coach football, you know, and that’s a pretty amazing statement. Here he is time after time after time, proven in every and all circumstance that he can get his guys ready to go. And being able to take away your best things that you do and attack what they feel are your weaknesses or things that they do great.”

The Saints are expected to face Patriots quarterback Mac Jones on Sunday, despite Jones being benched in the third quarter of the Patriots loss last Sunday to the Cowboys.