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Saints vs. Lions: Five brave predictions

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Nov 24, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions head coach Jim Caldwell looks on during the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at Ford Field. Lions win 16-13. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 24, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions head coach Jim Caldwell looks on during the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at Ford Field. Lions win 16-13. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports /
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Nov 24, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) runs the ball during the fourth quarter of a NFL game on Thanksgiving against the Minnesota Vikings at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 24, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) runs the ball during the fourth quarter of a NFL game on Thanksgiving against the Minnesota Vikings at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports /

The Lions win the 4th quarter.

I, for one, am sick of nail-biters. I’m sick of panic in the 4th quarter. I’m sick of worrying about the season being over. So I’m not looking forward to this game.

The Lions offense is unquestionably most dangerous down the stretch. So no matter what the score is, the Lions will likely have a shot in the 4th quarter to win the game.

I expect the Saints to have a lead going into the fourth. Of course, you never know what will happen. If the Brees and the Saints decide to have a turnover-day, which is always possible, then this game might be over before it even starts. But if they can hold onto the ball and play some semblance of defense, I think they can get the better of the Lions matchup-wise.

But when crunch-time comes, and the Saints need to hold for a stop, I’m not sure how optimistic I am. Stafford is one of the best in those situations.

If the Saints can prove me wrong and hold it down in the 4th, I’ll have renewed respect and faith in this team. Though with the playoffs looking like a longshot, I’m not sure how much faith I really want to have.

So the last of my brave predictions: Matt Stafford and the Detroit Lions win the 4th quarter. But will it be enough?

Brave predictions honorary mention: Delvin Breaux finally comes alive? Okay, I’ll admit it, this is now the third time I’m predicting a positive performance from Breaux, which we have yet to see. Just last week I made the “brave predictions honorary mention” that Breaux wouldn’t allow a single reception. Well, that didn’t work out, and I’m not going to be so brave this week. But please, Breaux, we need you. Come to life.

Next: Playoffs or not, this Saints team is fun to watch

Brave Predictions Final Score: Saints 34, Lions 30

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