Oct 15, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan (94) celebrates a defensive play against the Atlanta Falcons in the second half of their game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports
5. Cam Jordan
Once again, defensive end Cam Jordan will play X-factor on defense, as he always does. The pass rush is critical in terms of forcing opposing quarterbacks to make some errors. And against a poor Lions offensive line that has allowed 35 sacks on Matthew Stafford this year, Jordan will have every opportunity to shine.
One of the biggest problems with the Saints in 2015 is their lack of producing a forceful and consistent pass rush. And when the pressure is non-existent, it opens up big opportunities for opposing quarterbacks to make plays downfield.
Jordan has been one of the few bright spots on the defensive side of the ball. He’s leading the Saints in sacks while racking up 37 tackles, five passes defended, a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries in the process. He’ll need to be in tip-top form on Monday night.
Some assistance from the rest of the defensive front wouldn’t hurt either. Pressure from the line helps the secondary, and they’ll need all the help they can get against one of the most dangerous receiving tandems in the NFL in Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate.
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