As long as the New Orleans Saints are mathematically alive in NFC Playoff Race, they will play to win football games and not “tank” so that they can move up to a higher spot in the upcoming NFL Draft like some Saints fans are suggesting. Their next opponent will be the Detroit Lions, who have not recovered from their heartbreaking defeat against the Green Bay Packers on Thursday Night Football.
The Lions playoff hopes were crushed after Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers threw a Hail Mary pass that defeated the Lions two weeks ago. As a result of that, the Lions would lose their next game against the St. Louis Rams 21-14. The Lions are now an even bigger playoff spoiler than the Saints.
Saints best defensive back, Delvin Breaux must play lights out against Lions star wide receiver Calvin Johnson. It will be a huge mistake if Saints defensive coordinator Dennis Allen decides to place Brandon Browner on “Megatron” due to Browner’s 6’4 frame. Right now, Breaux is a more aggressive cornerback between the two of them.
Once again, Drew Brees and the Saints offense will be facing another solid defense that could change the outcome of a ball game with one turnover. For those that follow Saints football religiously, you know that Drew Brees occasionally throws one to two interceptions per game. The last time Brees threw an interception against the Lions, it would eventually cost the Saints to lose this game in 2014.
Even though the Lions record does not show that they are an elite team in the NFC, their defense can be stingy at times. They are currently 10th in the league against the pass by only giving up 232.6 yards per game. Lions free safety Glover Quin was the man who intercepted Drew Brees’s pass in last season’s Week 7 thriller. Quin would not mind picking off Brees again and possibly ending the Saints playoff hopes in 2015.
If the Chicago Bears pull off the upset by defeating the Minnesota Vikings this Sunday, the Saints might be on their sixth life, when it comes to making the playoffs. The Saints must take care of business against the Lions first, then worry about the playoffs’ second. Saints fans should not get their hopes up right now. Here are the highlights from last season’s week 7 contest between the Lions and Saints.
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