Two of the sport’s top quarterbacks will square off down in Louisiana on Sunday afternoon as Matt Stafford brings his Detroit Lions to New Orleans to do battle with Drew Brees and the Saints.
The Lions are coming off of a tough loss in Week 5, and it’s looking like Matt Stafford is definitely quite injured. He’ll try to power through it again, but you have to wonder about his health. Perhaps with the bye week coming up, that’ll be just what the talented QB needs – but this is a Lions team with playoff aspirations, and Sunday’s match-up is another must-win spot.
For the Saints, they’re already chasing the Falcons and Panthers in the NFC South. They traded Adrian Peterson earlier in the week and that should free them up to deploy Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara as they see fit. New Orleans can still move the football, but they’re still weak defensively and that’s not a good thing with a dangerous Lions’ attack coming to town.
Read on below to see how this all-NFC showdown will play out. Both Detroit and New Orleans have playoff aspirations and we have you covered – check out the official betting prediction and full analysis for what promises to be a thrilling Sunday affair.
Lions vs. Saints Betting Odds:
Detroit Lions +4.5 (-110)
@ New Orleans Saints -4.5 (-110)
Over 49.5 (-110)
Under 49.5 (-110)
Betting odds provided by Bovada.lv
Lions vs. Saints Pick:
The Lions defense isn’t particularly strong – either in stuffing the run or defending against the pass. But luckily, one thing they do exceptionally well to disrupt all of that, is get at opposing QB’s. And look for them to do just that with regularity on Sunday. They’ll generate a ton of pressure on Brees and force him into bad looks and decisions as a result. Anthony Zettel and Ziggy Ansah are at different levels and there is nobody on the Saints’ O-Line that can contain that duo. Making matters worse is the presence of the beastly A’Shawn Robinson in the middle of the Lions’ defensive line. Brees admittedly hates interior pressure and with Max Unger really struggling, Robinson will be a real nuisance all Sunday long.
While the Saints will definitely do some good things on offense, look for the pressure of the Lions’ vicious defensive front to keep things in check and give Matt Stafford and the Detroit attack a chance to be in this game throughout.
About that Lions offense – Matt Stafford will likely seem some pressure of his own in Week 6, as his O-Line is in flux as well. Making matters worse is the fact that he seems to be battling an ankle injury, restricting his mobility out of the pocket. All this said, Stafford is as tough as nails and has a storied history of gutting out injuries. Look for adrenaline to take over on Sunday and expect the former Georgia Bulldog to turn in a solid outing against the Saints.
Also, Stafford will get a bit of a reprieve in who he is going up against. The Saints’ D still has some major issues – especially at the linebacker position. When Detroit’s running backs break through the initial line of scrimmage, they’ll find open room and weak tacklers. With New Orleans losing Alex Anzalone for the year, nobody can cover running backs emerging from the backfield as pass-catchers. Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick are in line for big outings and the Lions should be able to throw and run all over this Saints’ defense on Sunday.
Even with the Saints coming off of their bye week, the Lions are still the much better team here. Detroit is close in all of their games, and it’s not like last week playing Carolina’s defense – it’s New Orleans and it is weak. Too much is being made of Stafford playing hurt, and as will be shown on Sunday – it won’t impact him one bit against the soft defense of the Saints. Look for the Lions to hang around on Sunday, and don’t be stunned if they win outright.
PICK = Lions +4.5 (-110)