The Lions and Saints have offenses so potent that oddsmakers have set the over-under betting line at a playoff-record 59 points for Saturday night’s game. The previous high was 57 when the Saints played Arizona two years ago and won 45-14. “I don’t plan on anybody shooting our defense out,” Suh said. “You can’t discredit the type of offensive team that we’re going to face in the New Orleans Saints. Drew Brees is obviously a great quarterback. “I look at it as a great challenge,” he said.
The Saints’ offense, however, has added firepower since its 2009 championship run, with tight end Jimmy Graham and tailback Darren Sproles emerging as two of the NFL’s most dynamic players this season. In fact, the Saints have 26 players on their 53-man roster who weren’t around during the Super Bowl season.
Lost in all the gaudy, record-breaking numbers Drew Brees puts up in the Saints’ passing game is the fact that New Orleans’ running game isn’t half bad. In fact, the Saints wound up ranked sixth in the NFL in rushing, an eyebrow-raising statistic even for Brees himself.
The Saints were one of the few teams this season to hold Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson to a relatively quiet day. Johnson caught six passes for 69 yards and no touchdowns during the Saints’ 31-17 victory in Week 13. The Saints used FS Malcolm Jenkins often in double coverage. They also employed a unique tactic near the goal line, using two defenders to chip him at the line of scrimmage—similar to a two-man wedge on kickoffs.
The NFC South champion New Orleans Saints (13-3) routed the Detroit Lions (10-6), 31-17, back in Week 13 and are expected to do so again, entering Saturday’s game as 10-point favorites. Saints quarterback Drew Brees threw for an NFL record 5,476 yards, but Detroit’s Matthew Stafford wasn’t far behind with 5,038, which was third-best in the league this year and fifth-best all-time.
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