Dec 21, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) and Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) meet following a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Lions defeated the Saints 35-27.

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Saints vs Lions game notes

The Saints try to get above .500 with a win on Sunday

Deke Bellavia
October 12, 2017 - 6:30 pm

New Orleans Saints vs Detroit Lions

Sunday October 15, 2017

Noon Kickoff Mercedes Benz Superdome

Last Week’s Results:  New Orleans had BYE and Carolina beat Detroit 27-24

Series History:  The overall series is tied 12-12-1.  The Lions lead the regular season series 12-11-1 but the Saints did beat the Lions in the playoffs in January of 2012.  Coach Sean Payton won his first four meetings against the Lions.  But the Cats have won the last three including last season’s 28-13 loss in New Orleans

Division:  NFC North  

2017 Record:  3-2

Head Coach:  Jim Caldwell

Defensive Coordinator:  Teryl Austin

Offensive Coordinator: Jim Bob Cooter

Top Offensive Players: QB Matt Stafford, WR Golden Tate, RB Ameer Abdullah

Defensive Standouts: DT A’Shawn Robinson, DT Haloti Ngata, OLB Tahir Whitehead

Special Teams:  K Matt Prater

What they do well:  The Lions have one of the best rush defensive units in the league ranking 3rd allowing only 74.6 yards per game.  Detroit has allowed only 38% 3rd down conversion to opposing offenses.  And the Lions are excellent in the takeaway department ranking 3rd in the NFL with 11 takes from their first

Saints Offense versus Detroit Defense

Ok this to me is pretty simple, I don’t expect the Saints to have many rushing yards against the Lions.  Detroit has one of the best run defenses in the NFL.  And last week the Lions D gave up way less than the average they allow (74.6) giving the visiting Panthers just 28 yards on the ground.  But the Cats did have the attempts and that is going to be very important for the Saints Offense this weekend in the Superdome. 

Carolina was very patient and without their balance on offense Carolina would not have won the game.  The Panthers had 51 offensive plays with 33 passing attempts and 28 rushing plays.  If the Saints are going to win they will have to be patient and make sure they get their running plays in.  If New Orleans gets much above the 40 passing attempts mark that does not bode well for the Saints chances at winning. 

New Orleans should get a boost in their third down offense this weekend with the return of WR Willie Snead.  Snead told the media on Wednesday that he is expecting to play this weekend in the Dome versus the Lions.

And of course all of this offensive talks hinges on the Saints ability to have some push up front.  Simply put the last three times the Saints have faced the Lions the Lions D-Line has pretty much had their wat against the Saints O-Line.

A’Shawn Robinson and Haloti Ngata are arguably the best interior tandem on a D-Line in the NFL and the Saints are going to have to hold their own against those two run stuffers. 

Detroit Offense versus Saints Defense

If QB Matt Stafford is healthy he will be able to extend those plays.  Stafford has been banged up as of late and the Saints Defense may be catching Stafford at the right time.  Stafford likes to hook up with one of his best targets in WR Golden Tate.  Tate and Stafford have become one of the best WR/QB Duo’s in the league currently. 

New Orleans has turned things around on defense the last two outings.  The Saints went from allowing over 500 yards and 32 points on average and then flipped those numbers to just giving up 13 points the last two games and most importantly the Saints are 2-0 in that same span.

The Saints need to keep applying consistent pressure on the opposing QB and create turnovers.  If the Black and Gold can play similar defense like they did in their last two games they should be able to win their third straight game. 

The Big Chief Says: New Orleans 26, Detroit 20

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