1.07.2012

Wild Card Preview: Detroit Lions at New Orleans Saints

Detroit Lions (10-6) at New Orleans Saints (13-3) | Saturday | 8:00 p.m.

In what could be the best game of the weekend, the Detroit Lions and their high powered offense travel to New Orleans to take on the Saints and their high powered offense. Both teams can score the ball, so this game could come down to which team has the ball last.

The Lions, led by quarterback Matthew Stafford have surprised many this season by winning 10 games - something that hasn't happened since 1995. Receiver Calvin Johnson has been nothing short of spectacular this season, catching 96 passes for 1,681 yards and 16 touchdowns. Stafford threw for 5,038 yards and 41 touchdowns this season, proving that the Lions can move the ball in the air.

When it comes to an elite passing attack, look no further than the New Orleans Saints. Quarterback Drew Brees is as good as it gets at throwing the ball. Brees set the single season mark with 5,476 passing yards, breaking Dan Marino's record of 5,084 yards that stood since 1984. Brees also tossed 46 touchdowns this season, giving the Saints one of the most feared passing games in the league.

When looking at these two teams on paper, you have got to expect this to be a high-scoring affair. The Saints average 467 and the Lions average 396 yards of total offense per game. Both teams will put up yards and points, so it may come down to which defense is playing better. Like the offenses, both defenses are similar in the fact that they give up a lot of points and yards.

This game could be the highest scoring match up of the entire playoffs. Both teams have a ton of firepower and it will be a challenge for each team to stop either quarterback and their offenses. If you like a lot of offense, this is the game for you.

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