Detroit at New Orleans

It’s looking like virtually every NFC playoff game this year is going to be a high-scoring game.  It certainly should start that way, as Detroit has the league’s best WR (Calvin Johnson) and New Orleans has the league’s most prolific offense.   The Saints’ biggest problem is that if they play Green Bay, it will be at Green Bay, and it appears that the Saints have not had an outdoor game up north since they lost at Green Bay in week one.  None of which matters against Detroit, which stands ready to give New Orleans a battle.

Sure, Brees set the NFL yardage record with 5,476, and added 46 TDs, but Stafford wasn’t far behind with 5,038 and 41 TDs.  That passing prowess may well keep Detroit in the game, but the team’s inability to run will put a lot of pressure on Stafford to play mistake free football.   Because the Saints have a great O-line and can run better, with the 3-headed-monster of Sproles-Ingram-Ivory, they have  the better chance to sustain long drives, keeping Stafford-to-Johnson off the field.  Plus, Johnson is recovering from an injury and would need to have a huge game to keep Detroit running with the Saints.

Detroit’s a  young team and should be title contenders next year, but for now the veterans can win the day if they can withstand a Detroit second-half run.

Saints 41, Detroit 31

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