The Patriots’ offensive struggles have been well-documented, but the Saints, despite their 5-0 start and 134 points, have joined New England near the bottom of one key offensive category.
Both have had a difficult time converting red-zone opportunities into touchdowns. The Saints are 29th in the league at 42 percent (eight touchdowns in 19 drives that have reached the red zone). That’s better than the Patriots, who are 6 for 17 in red-zone touchdown percentage, for 35 percent. Only the Jaguars are worse.
With almost an entirely new receiving fleet (and no Rob Gronkowski), the Patriots have been slow to find a combination that works. The Saints have almost everybody back on offense, though, so inexperience playing with each other can’t be an excuse. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.