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New Orleans Saints vs. Detroit Lions Pick & Prediction OCT 4TH 2020

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New Orleans could have All-Pro receiver Michael Thomas back in action this weekend. The Saints also hope their defensive focus will return.

 

The Saints gave up 34 points to Las Vegas and 37 to Green Bay in dropping their last two games. New Orleans now goes on the road to confront the Detroit Lions' potent passing game on Sunday.

 

Thomas suffered a high ankle sprain in the season-opening victory over Tampa Bay and has missed the last two games. He practiced in a limited basis on Wednesday.

 

Unless the Saints (1-2) do a better job of stopping the opponent, Thomas' status won't matter that much. They allowed the Packers, who were missing top receiver Davante Adams, to score on three passing touchdowns while recording only one sack and failing to force a turnover.

 

"We need to have better eyes. We know we need to have much better eyes relative to what we're doing," Saints coach Sean Payton said. "Honestly, we looked like a high school team defending the bootleg the other night and that was kind of embarrassing. So that has to get corrected."

 

Detroit (1-2) won its first game last weekend, edging Arizona on the road, 26-23. That coincided with the return of Kenny Golladay. The team's standout receiver sat out the first two games with a hamstring injury. He caught six passes for 57 yards and a touchdown against the Cardinals.

 

"The first thing that comes to mind is his downfield, scoring threat. He is a big play target," Payton said. "He had great production a year ago. (Head coach) Matt (Patricia) has a ton of confidence in him and if you just look at his numbers from a year ago, I think it's pretty evident."

 

What's also become apparent is that Adrian Peterson still has something left in the tank. The 13-year veteran was released by Washington late in camp and the Lions surprisingly signed him, despite using two high draft picks on running backs the last three seasons.

 

Peterson is averaging 4.9 yards per carry.

 

"I've told you, this guy is a freak of nature now. I don't know where that wall is or where he's going to hit it. The guy is always asking for more," Detroit offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said. "He is in great shape. He takes care of his body. He does all those little things to set himself up for that success."

 

Saints running back Alvin Kamara has done big things this season. He has racked up six touchdowns (three rushing, three receiving) and is averaging 4.9 yards per carry. He has also gathered in 27 Drew Brees passes.

 

"Obviously, we want to have balance and that's something that we look to have in each game, the ability to run the football," Payton said. "But yes, he's playing well for us and he's an explosive player. We need to continue to look at ways of getting him the ball in his hands."

 

Quarterback Matthew Stafford has thrown for an average of 270.3 yards with five touchdowns and two interceptions. Brees is averaging 253.3 yards per game with six touchdowns against one pick.

 

The Saints have some other personnel concerns besides Thomas. Cornerback Janoris Jenkins (illness), tight end Jared Cook (groin) and guard Andrus Peat (ankle) missed Wednesday's practice.

 

For the Lions, cornerback Desmond Trufant was limited in practice Wednesday after missing the past two games. Trufant injured his hamstring in Week 1.

 

--Field Level Media

 

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New Orleans Saints

Detroit Lions

Player Position Lineup
Alex Anzalone primary: Middle Linebacker Starter
Terron Armstead primary: Left Tackle Starter
Drew Brees primary: Quarterback Starter
Malcom Brown primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Demario Davis primary: Weak Outside Linebacker Starter
Nick Easton primary: Left Guard Starter
C.J. Gardner-Johnson primary: Left Cornerback Starter
Deonte Harris primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Trey Hendrickson primary: Right Defensive End Starter
Cameron Jordan primary: Left Defensive End Starter
Alvin Kamara primary: Runningback Starter
Erik McCoy primary: Center Starter
David Onyemata primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Ryan Ramczyk primary: Right Tackle Starter
Patrick Robinson primary: Right Cornerback Starter
Tre'quan Smith primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Marcus Williams primary: Free Safety Starter
Emmanuel Sanders primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Malcolm Jenkins primary: Strong Safety Starter
P.J. Williams primary: Cornerback Starter
Cesar Ruiz primary: Right Guard Starter
Adam Trautman primary: Tight End Starter
Will Clapp primary: Center Substitution
Kaden Elliss primary: Linebacker Substitution
Carl Granderson primary: Defensive End Substitution
J.T. Gray primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Ethan Greenidge primary: Offensive Linesman Substitution
Garrett Griffin primary: Tight End Substitution
Justin Hardee primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Josh Hill primary: Tight End Substitution
Taysom Hill primary: Quarterback Substitution
Wil Lutz primary: Kicker Substitution
Thomas Morstead primary: Punter Substitution
Latavius Murray primary: Runningback Substitution
Sheldon Rankins primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Craig Robertson primary: Linebacker Substitution
Dwayne Washington primary: Runningback Substitution
Zach Wood primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Michael Burton primary: Fullback Substitution
D.J. Swearinger primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Zack Baun primary: Linebacker Substitution
Malcolm Roach primary: Defensive Linesman Substitution
Marquez Callaway primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Derrick Kelly primary: Offensive Linesman Substitution
Margus Hunt primary: Defensive End Substitution
Bennie Fowler primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Ken Crawley primary: Cornerback Substitution
Jared Cook primary: Tight End Not active
Marcus Davenport primary: Defensive End Not active
Janoris Jenkins primary: Cornerback Not active
Marshon Lattimore primary: Cornerback Not active
Michael Thomas primary: Wide Receiver Not active
Shy Tuttle primary: Defensive Tackle Not active
Andrus Peat primary: Guard Not active
Jameis Winston primary: Quarterback Did not play
Player Position Lineup
Tyrell Crosby primary: Right Tackle Starter
Taylor Decker primary: Left Tackle Starter
Trey Flowers primary: Defensive End Starter
Kenny Golladay primary: Wide Receiver Starter
T.J. Hockenson primary: Tight End Starter
Jesse James primary: Tight End Starter
Marvin Jones Jr. primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Christian Jones primary: Linebacker Starter
Romeo Okwara primary: Defensive End Starter
Amani Oruwariye primary: Cornerback Starter
Frank Ragnow primary: Center Starter
Matthew Stafford primary: Quarterback Starter
Tracy Walker primary: Safety Starter
Duron Harmon primary: Safety Starter
Nick Williams primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Halapoulivaati Vaitai primary: Right Guard Starter
Desmond Trufant primary: Cornerback Starter
Jamie Collins Sr. primary: Linebacker Starter
Danny Shelton primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Darryl Roberts primary: Cornerback Starter
Jonah Jackson primary: Left Guard Starter
Adrian Peterson primary: Runningback Starter
Oday Aboushi primary: Offensive Linesman Substitution
Jamal Agnew primary: Runningback Substitution
Danny Amendola primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Jason Cabinda primary: Linebacker Substitution
Jarrad Davis primary: Linebacker Substitution
Marvin Hall primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Da'Shawn Hand primary: Defensive Linesman Substitution
Will Harris primary: Safety Substitution
Kerryon Johnson primary: Runningback Substitution
Miles Killebrew primary: Safety Substitution
Matt Prater primary: Kicker Substitution
Jalen Reeves-Maybin primary: Linebacker Substitution
Jahlani Tavai primary: Linebacker Substitution
Kenny Wiggins primary: Guard Substitution
Jack Fox primary: Punter Substitution
Matt Nelson primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Don Muhlbach primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Jayron Kearse primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Tony McRae primary: Cornerback Substitution
Reggie Ragland primary: Linebacker Substitution
Jeff Okudah primary: Cornerback Substitution
D'Andre Swift primary: Runningback Substitution
Julian Okwara primary: Defensive End Substitution
Quintez Cephus primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
John Penisini primary: Defensive Linesman Substitution
C.J. Moore primary: Safety Not active
Chase Daniel primary: Quarterback Did not play
Elijah Lee primary: Linebacker Not active
Logan Stenberg primary: Offensive Linesman Not active
Hunter Bryant primary: Tight End Not active
Chris Jones primary: Cornerback Not active

New Orleans Saints

Detroit Lions

  • Match Start
  • Period 1
  • MIN 3
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 3 Yards
    • Rusher: Latavius Murray
    • Conv Kicker: Wil Lutz
  • MIN 10
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 15 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Kenny Golladay
    • Passer: Matthew Stafford
    • Conv Kicker: Matt Prater
  • MIN 11
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 7 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: D'Andre Swift
    • Passer: Matthew Stafford
    • Conv Kicker: Matt Prater
  • Period 2
  • MIN 0
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 20 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Tre'quan Smith
    • Passer: Drew Brees
    • Conv Kicker: Wil Lutz
  • MIN 3
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 2 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Tre'quan Smith
    • Passer: Drew Brees
    • Conv Kicker: Wil Lutz
  • MIN 10
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 1 Yards
    • Rusher: Alvin Kamara
    • Conv Kicker: Wil Lutz
  • Period 3
  • MIN 4
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 1 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: T.J. Hockenson
    • Passer: Matthew Stafford
    • Conv Kicker: Matt Prater
  • MIN 8
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 6 Yards
    • Conv Kicker: Wil Lutz
    • Rusher: Latavius Murray
  • Period 4
  • MIN 3
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 5 Yards
    • Conv Receiver: T.J. Hockenson
    • Conv Passer: Matthew Stafford
    • Rusher: Adrian Peterson
  • Match End

GAMES

Last 10

W 70% L 30%
7 3
  • Tampa Bay L 30 - 20
  • Chicago W 9 - 21
  • @Carolina W 33 - 7
  • Minnesota W 33 - 52
  • Kansas City L 32 - 29
  • @Philadelphia L 21 - 24
  • @Atlanta W 21 - 16
  • @Denver W 31 - 3
  • Atlanta W 9 - 24
  • San Francisco W 13 - 27
W 20% L 80%
2 8
  • Minnesota L 37 - 35
  • Tampa Bay L 47 - 7
  • @Tennessee L 25 - 46
  • Green Bay L 31 - 24
  • @Chicago W 34 - 30
  • Houston L 41 - 25
  • @Carolina L 0 - 20
  • Washington W 27 - 30
  • @Minnesota L 20 - 34
  • Indianapolis L 41 - 21

Last Meetings

  • Saints @ Lions 35-29
  • Lions @ Saints 38-52
  • Lions @ Saints 28-13
  • Lions @ Saints 35-27
  • Saints @ Lions 23-24
  • Lions @ Saints 28-45
  • Lions @ Saints 17-31
  • Lions @ Saints 27-45
  • Saints @ Lions 42-7

American Football Conference

AFC EastWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Buffalo Bills133 0.8130.00.00.0 7-16-29-0-1
Miami Dolphins106 0.6253.00.00.0 5-35-37-0-3
New England Patriots79 0.4386.00.00.0 5-32-65-0-5
New York Jets214 0.12511.00.00.0 1-71-72-0-8
AFC NorthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Pittsburgh Steelers124 0.7500.00.00.0 7-15-36-0-4
Cleveland Browns115 0.6881.00.00.0 6-25-37-0-3
Baltimore Ravens115 0.6881.00.00.0 5-36-26-0-4
Cincinnati Bengals411 1.2677.50.00.0 3-51-63-1-7
AFC SouthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Indianapolis Colts115 0.6880.00.00.0 6-25-37-0-3
Tennessee Titans115 0.6880.00.00.0 5-36-26-0-4
Houston Texans412 0.2507.00.00.0 2-62-63-0-7
Jacksonville Jaguars115 0.06310.00.00.0 1-70-81-0-10
AFC WestWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Kansas City Chiefs142 0.8750.00.00.0 6-28-09-0-1
Las Vegas Raiders88 0.5006.00.00.0 2-66-25-0-5
Los Angeles Chargers79 0.4387.00.00.0 4-43-55-0-5
Denver Broncos511 0.3139.00.00.0 2-63-53-0-7

National Football Conference

NFC EastWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Washington Football Team79 0.4380.00.00.0 3-54-46-0-4
New York Giants610 0.3751.00.00.0 3-53-55-0-5
Dallas Cowboys610 0.3751.00.00.0 4-42-64-0-6
Philadelphia Eagles411 1.2672.50.00.0 3-41-73-1-7
NFC NorthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Green Bay Packers133 0.8130.00.00.0 7-16-28-0-2
Chicago Bears88 0.5005.00.00.0 3-55-33-0-7
Minnesota Vikings79 0.4386.00.00.0 3-54-46-0-4
Detroit Lions511 0.3138.00.00.0 1-74-42-0-8
NFC SouthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
New Orleans Saints124 0.7500.00.00.0 6-26-28-0-2
Tampa Bay Buccaneers115 0.6881.00.00.0 5-36-27-0-3
Carolina Panthers511 0.3137.00.00.0 2-63-52-0-8
Atlanta Falcons412 0.2508.00.00.0 2-62-63-0-7
NFC WestWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Seattle Seahawks124 0.7500.00.00.0 7-15-37-0-3
Los Angeles Rams106 0.6252.00.00.0 6-24-46-0-4
Arizona Cardinals88 0.5004.00.00.0 4-44-44-0-6
San Francisco 49ers610 0.3756.00.00.0 1-75-33-0-7

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