The Lions were to pose a threat with Matt Stafford and a tough defense we haven’t matched up well against over the past few meetings. Stafford injured his right ankle and hamstring in a loss to the Carolina Panthers. He was obviously not mobile against the Saints.
The Saints took full advantage, sacking him 5 times and batting an unheard of 16 passes. More impressive was the 52 points the Saints put up, including 3 defensive scores. This may have been the signature game for the Saints thus far. They allowed Detroit back into the game late before sealing it on a Cam Jordan pick-6.
Losing Aaron Rodgers for the Packers is akin to the Saints losing Drew Brees. You can put other guys back there and there will still be a team playing football, but the opportunity to be great or do great things goes out the window.
The Packers have had tremendous injury problems this season. They gave us everything they had, but the Saints were equal to the task. Had Rodgers been there, this game could have been different. Brett Hundley simply isn’t good enough yet to finish. The Saints held Green Bay to 3 points in the second half and took a huge road win.