5 Key Matchups for Detroit Lions vs New Orleans Saints

1. Lions DBs vs QB Drew Brees

The last time the Lions played the Saints, Drew Brees threw for zero touchdowns and three interceptions. All three of those were by the safetys, Wilson, Quin, and Killebrew. All three of the safetys will be playing in this game along with elite CB Slay, and a revamped Lawson who is having a great year himself.

Now that being said, Brees has yet to throw an interception yet this year, so he could be playing more conservative. Or as players tend to do, learn from their mistakes and not repeat them.

2. QB Mathew Stafford vs Saints DBs

Stafford has faced some very difficult secondaries so far this year, although this will not be one of them. Stafford faces his easiest defense all year. He did get hurt last game, however I still see Stafford having his best game of the year.

3. CB Darius Slay vs WR Michael Thomas

This will be the #1 one vs one matchup this game. Coming off of his worst performance of the year, Slay has to cover Thomas who is just heating up.

Slay allowed two touchdowns, and the game winning first down last week, while Thomas is coming off of three straight 87-yard games with a touchdown in each of the last two.

4. LB Jarrad Davis vs RB Alvin Kamara

Jarrad Davis had a very strong comeback performance last week with eight tackles after missing multiple games due to a concussion.

The Lions will need him to take a step up from that in this game with the shifty Kamara coming out the backfield. Kamara can also catch fairly well so Davis can not just hug the line.

Mark Ingram will start for New Orleans, but expect a fair amount of snaps for the rookie.

5. Lions Revamped D-Line vs Saints O-Line

The Lions will be without star DT Ngata for the rest of the year, causing the Lions to sign Caraun Reid. Reid is not the only new Lion defensive linemen as they also signed NFL vet Datone Jones.

Lions have failed to provide pressure on a consistent basis this year and if you give Brees time in the pocket he will find an open man downfield.

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