A growing number of Lion fans believe their heroes in Honolulu blue and silver will shock the world and beat the New Orleans Saints in Saturday night’s wild card match up at the Superdome. I do not share that sentiment but it is good to see that people finally have something to believe in with their football team.
This gap between playoff stops was too long. It has been ridiculously too long between playoff victories. Does anybody remember 1991?
The Lions (10-6) know how to win football games. I am not certain they can win playoff football games against elite teams. Put them up against the New York Giants and Atlanta Falcons, then they have a shot. New Orleans and the Green Bay Packers are out of reach. These teams know what it takes to win. And even when they stumble, as the Saints did last year in Seattle, they know how to turn horrific losses into motivation seminars.
For argument sakes how can the Lions win this game? Obviously Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson Brandon Pettigrew and the rest of the offense must wreck havoc on the scoreboard. We know the Saints will score. However, the key to a Lions victory will come with the defense. Louis Delmas returns and Ndamukong Suh did not play in the last Saints game. That helps but is not enough unless the Lions create at least six big negative plays.
If you can guarantee three turnovers and three sacks by the Lions defense then they got a shot. If you are telling me the Lions will simply go toe to toe with the Saints then they do not have a shot. The Lions defense will not stop New Orleans much, but if they can get turnovers that could change the game.
I am going Saints 38, Lions 28.
How do you see it?