The Saints look to regroup as they head to Ford Field to take on the Lions. Surprisingly, these teams have posted the same record through the first three weeks of the season. New Orleans was coming off of back to 13-3 years, while Detroit had a long losing skid just snapped a week ago, which extended from last season.
Drew Brees is still slinging the ball well, but he doesn’t seem like his same old self with Michael Thomas not out there. It’s not easy to win games in the NFL without your top guys, but they have to find a way. All this team does (in the regular season) is win, so this start is inexcusable.
Detroit, on the other hand, has to feel good about their 1-2 start. They dropped their final nine games last year, and first two this year. So, to finally close out an opponent with a win, it’s great to see. And it begs the question if they can win more than one game in a row. They have just 10 wins with Matt Patricia at the helm.
The spread for the game favors the Saints by 3.5 points. The over/under is set at 54.
Saints Looking to Break Even
Playing in a struggling division, the sense of urgency doesn’t have to be there for New Orleans yet. Carolina and Atlanta have just one combined win, while Tom Brady has started to look comfortable for the Bucs. The team’s only win so far came against Tom’s new team.
They still have Alvin Kamara, and Sean Payton is still running the offense. Funks do happen, and they did have three 7-9 years in a row before getting back to being a regular playoff team.
But as Drew Brees continues to get older, they don’t have many years left. They blew two 13-3 years, failing to reach the NFC Championship both times.
It’s surprising that they’re favored by so little, but it’s telling of what the public thinks of them. And that is that they aren’t so good without their top receiver.
Lions Trying to Find the Magic
They signed Adrian Peterson after Washington surprisingly cut him, altering the running back room completely. It wasn’t going to be Kerryon Johnson and D’Andre Swift, but a heavy dose of the veteran. He’s had some solid runs, but they should be varying it a little more to get their other guys some opportunities.
It’s also clear that Matthew Stafford may not have it anymore. He’s been their QB since 2009, but after several injuries and a decade without a playoff win, they should be thinking about this year’s draft. There will be some great names at the top, should they struggle this year.
He can prove this wrong and still have a strong season, but the odds don’t favor that. They’ll need to lean on their defense to slow Alvin Kamara and company down.
Saints Get to 2-2
Sorry Lions, another loss is coming your way.
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