The Weekly Dish: New Orleans Saints vs. Detroit Lions

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New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham. (Source: Nola.com)

The Weekly Dish is a quick look at the week that was in Saints football, and thoughts on the week yet to come.

Week 17

Week 17 proved to be a record setting day for the New Orleans Saints.

There was much debate as to if Head Coach Sean Payton would rest the starters for the regular season finale. I for one was ecstatic he chose for an all out blitz.

Drew Brees and company extended or set new NFL records in numerous team and individual categories while defeating the Carolina Panthers 45-17, including Team Offensive Yards with 7474, First Downs in a season with 416, and fewest fumbles in a season with 5, among others.

Fortunately, the post game whining from Carolina players, fans, and the sports media about running up the score or chasing records was at a minimum, unlike the prior week’s Monday Night Football game against Atlanta. (I guess Pete Prisco didn’t want to get involved this week.)

During his post game presser, Carolina QB Cam Newton was noticeably upset with his team’s performance. “It was embarrassing how we ended that game,” Newton said. “Offense, defense, special teams, the whole 9 yards, it was real tough.”

Newton finished a remarkable rookie season in Carolina and with a full offseason of preparation, his star will be on the rise.

I foresee the Saints having some difficult times against the Panthers in the years to come.

Wild Card Round

The New Orleans Saints will face the Detroit Lions in the opening round of the 2011 Playoffs Saturday night in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

This will be a rematch of a Week 13 showdown that saw the Saints amass 438 offensive yards in defeating the Lions 31-17 on Sunday Dec. 4th, 2011.

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