While breaking multiple regular-season passing records in the process, quarterback Drew Brees has the New Orleans Saints rolling into the playoffs riding an eight-game win streak. They will be facing a hungry Detroit Lions team which is making their first post-season appearance since 1999. This will be the first time in NFL history that two quarterbacks that have passed for over 5,000 yards will be facing each other.
The Lions have been carried by quarterback Matthew Stafford all season, along with wideout Calvin Johnson. The two have continued to make big plays the entire season, nearly labeling Calvin as unguardable. The Lions passing offense is the base of this team and they will have to continue that if they want to outduel the Saints. New Orleans brings in the best offense in the NFL and is more balanced than the Lions. We all know they have Drew Brees, but their rushing-committee has been impressive all season. They have three solid running backs that can hurt you in both the rushing and passing game.
Both defenses have major vulnerabilities. New Orleans has the tendency to give up large sums of yards on the ground. Detroit has given up an average of 35.2 points in the past five games. The fact that the Lions are one-dimensional will be the biggest difference in this game. If they don’t get some sort of balance, Stafford’s going to be on his back all game. The Saints blitz the most out of any defense in the NFL and that won’t change here. New Orleans should be able to force a mistake or two out of Stafford.
The Lions may have Ndamukong Suh this time around, but that won’t be able to slow down Drew Brees. The Saints offense has been plowing through defenses and should expose the Lions lack of playmakers on defense. Not to mention, the Saints have outscored their opponents by 186 points at home. The Lions defense just gave up 45 points to quarterback Matt Flynn and the Green Bay Packers. Imagine what Brees is going to do in the Superdome…
Detroit Lions- 27 New Orleans Saints- 38