The Saints started the season with a 38-3 shellacking of the Green Bay Packers but were unable to maintain that level of play as they lost in Week 2 to the Carolina Panthers 26-7. QB Jameis Winston threw 5 touchdown passes in the season opener but none in Week 2 and he was intercepted twice.
The Patriots lost 17-16 in Week 1 to the Miami Dolphins. New England dominated that game but lost because, in four trips to the red zone, they scored only one touchdown and turned the ball over once. They followed it up with a 25-6 win over the New York Jets but struggled offensively in that game.