After starting the season with a 1-2 record, the New Orleans Saints are looking to bounce back in Week 4 against the Detroit Lions.
The New Orleans Saints are desperately looking to bounce back from an embarrassing loss to the Las Vegas Raiders and Green Bay Packers over the last two weeks. Week 4 could bring the team back to a 2-2 record and put them on the right trajectory for the year.
Over the course of their careers, Drew Brees definitely has a large edge on Matthew Stafford. Over the course of this season, the story is a little different. I still think Brees pulls the edge, but Stafford could have a good game.
Running Back: NO
Last week we did Aaron Jones and Alvin Kamara and said it was close. Going forward, I’m not sure there is a running back in the NFL better than Kamara right now. I expect him to have over 200 yards from scrimmage.
Wide Receiver: NO
Week by week Michael Thomas is getting closer to playing. The Lions have a great one-two punch with Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones, Jr., but I still think if Thomas plays that the duo of Thomas and Sanders is better.
Tight End: DET
In Week 2 the Saints played one of the best tight ends in the league. Last week, the position wasn’t as good, but the Packers still found a way to get them 8 receptions for 86 yards and a touchdown. Because of that, I am taking TJ Hockenson, their leading receiver, over Jared Cook.
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Offensive Line: NO
There is no denying that, when healthy, the Saints have one of the best offensive lines in the NFL. With Ruiz is back, I am taking the Saints without even considering it. They have continually been opening up the run for Kamara.
Defensive Line: NO
The Saints line had a rough go at it on Sunday against the Packers, but in Week 2 they got to the quarterback seven times and sacked him three times. The Lions, on the other hand, have allowed top five yardages to running-backs this season.
New Orleans’ linebackers struggled last week against the Packers. The Lions added Jamie Collins from the Patriots in the offseason and really vamped up their linebackers. For that reason, I am taking Detroit’s linebackers.
The duo of Janoris Jenkins and Marshon Lattimore still might be the best that the team has ever had despite down weeks. Lattimore is continuing to get better, and Jenkins is continuing to learn the system. Both should grow stronger together each and every week.
According to Sam Monson of PFF, “At safety, Marcus Williams had the best PFF overall grade of any member of the secondary a season ago (86.5). He also earned the best coverage grade (89.2). Next to him will be Malcolm Jenkins, a versatile safety who can move around the secondary and answer some of the matchup problems that NFL offenses can cause now.”
Special Teams: NO
Wil Lutz, outside of Harrison Butker and Justin Tucker, is the best kicker in football, and Thomas Morestead respectively at punter. There are not many special team units that can compare to how good the Saints are — especially not the Lions.