NFL Week 6: Detroit Lions vs New Orleans Saints Preview and Prediction

Matthew Stafford

Matthew Stafford

They're 0-1 so far this year heading into Sunday's date with the Detroit Lions - a team that also came into the Dome last December and walloped the Saints, 28-13.

"Obviously he is one of the all-time greats", Caldwell said.

The other quarterback will be the Lions' Matthew Stafford, who this year received the richest contract in National Football League history — a distinction that belonged to none other than Brees back in 2012.

After an 0-2 start that had many, yours truly included, ready to grab pitchforks and torches, things are looking up for the Saints. Quarterback Matt Stafford is nursing a sore ankle, but it looks like he will play Sunday. In the game against the Carolina Panthers, the defense intercepted Cam Newton three times and sacked him four times.

An offensive lineman missing from last season is Larry Warford, who signed with the Saints as a free agent.

The Saints' running game was also a huge concern during the first two games of the season, but that group is starting to pick up the pieces as well. That unit also probably made the key play of the game, when cornerback Ken Crawley picked off Jay Cutler in the end zone as the Dolphins threatened to take the lead.

The protection has been a bit better when Stafford has faced New Orleans in recent years.

In his second game after returning, he injured the same shoulder again and was done for the season. Drew Brees has historically taken good care of the ball, but the Lions did intercept three of his passes (and force a fumble they didn't recover) in their win a year ago. The New Orleans Saints are the 6th worst team against RBs, giving up 373 yards rushing and 303 yards receiving to opponent RBs through their first four games. He's done that about 63 percent of the time this season, a number that should rise against New Orleans. "When they need plays he just finds a way to make them and that's what you want from your quarterback". I think he is a good teammate. And finally, 22 of Detroit's past 29 regular-season games have been decided by one score or less. "We have a smart crowd, they know situations".

"We kind of went through the history, and we talked about the advantages of playing at home and some of the distractions or challenges when you play at home. He's a talented guy that's going to rack up some yardage and points against any and everybody", Detroit coach Jim Caldwell said.