Brees led New Orleans to an undefeated 5-0 record in the month as the Saints polished off their regular season on an 8-game winning streak. In the process, Brees broke several NFL records and extended some he already held, including becoming the most prolific and efficient passer in football history.
That brought up a question about if the Lions signed Bell to use him as a source of information on the Saints in the playoffs. It’s important to note the Lions did not know who they would be facing in the playoffs at the time they signed Bell. If they had won Sunday’s regular-season finale against Green Bay, the Lions would have been the No. 5 seed and would have ended up playing the New York Giants.
While quarterback Drew Brees was smashing the single-season record for passing yards, the New Orleans Saints’ running backs were putting together an impressive season of their own. In fact, it may surprise you to find out the Saints’ running game finished sixth in the NFL, gaining 129.9 yards per game. On a per carry basis they checked in at fourth in the league with a 4.9-yard average.
Wide receiver Calvin Johnson today sat out his second straight practice with an Achilles tendon injury, but there’s little doubt he’ll play in the Detroit Lions’ playoff opener Saturday against the New Orleans Saints. Johnson worked on the side with trainers during the open portion of Lions practice, and receiver Titus Young returned to the field after sitting out Tuesday.