Both Jim Caldwell and Sean Payton are well respected around the NFL. Mainly, because both coaches have won consistently. Payton has the slight edge in winning pct. with a .585 to a .554.
Of course, Payton has a Super Bowl win on his resume. Ironically, the win came against Jim Caldwell when he coached the Indianapolis Colts. That game could’ve easily gone either way. But the Saints won by some gutsy play calling from Sean Payton, including the onside kick opening up the second half.
Caldwell has his accomplishments as well. He still holds the most wins by a rookie coach at 14. In addition, he’s had two winning seasons out of three with the Lions. Accordingly, the Lions had only TWO WINNING SEASONS in the previous 14 years before Jim Caldwell arrived. The edge has to Coach Sean Payton by a slight margin.
ADVANTAGE- NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
Ultimately, this game is a total toss-up. It may end up going to overtime. The Saints having home field advantage should be enough to win.
Prediction- SAINTS 27 LIONS 25