Proud Patriots defense bracing for Brees

By MATTHEW CARROLL - Associated Press
    2013-10-10 13:23

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - New England's defense is in for its toughest test of the season Sunday, when quarterback Drew Brees leads the high-powered New Orleans Saints (5-0) into a highly anticipated clash with the Patriots (4-1).

Brees has thrown for 1,722 yards, second only to Denver's Peyton Manning.

``He'll never stare down a receiver and throw it straight to him,'' New England cornerback Aqib Talib said. ``He's going to look you off on screens and everything. He's going to do a great job with his eyes.''

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Brees has 12 touchdowns and four interceptions this season, guiding the Saints to their first 5-0 start since 2009.

New England has only defeated one team - the New York Jets (3-2) - with a winning record.