The New Orleans Saints are headed to the playoffs for the third straight season.
In the Wild Card Round of the playoffs, the Saints will play host to the Detroit Lions. This is a Lions team that is coming in after a very successful season and has been hot in the last few weeks.
They won three of their last four games and put up 28 or more points in each of those contests. The Lions can score with most teams in the NFL, and they can put a lot of pressure on the quarterback.
Defensive end Cliff Avril had 11 sacks in the regular season and the man playing on the opposite side, Kyle Vanden Bosch, finished with eight sacks. Not to mention they have guys like Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairely playing in the middle of the defensive line.
This Lions team can be very dangerous, and they are sure to be hungry after their embarrassing loss to the Saints on Sunday Night Football in early December.
On the other hand, the Saints come into the playoffs as arguably the hottest team in the NFL. They have won eight straight games and broke record after record in the regular season. The league has literally never seen an offense like the one that calls New Orleans home.
This Saints team could care less about records because they are fighting for one thing and that is another Lombardi Trophy. Right now, the Lions are standing in their way of the championship.
I fully expect for the Saints to dispose of Detroit with relative ease in the first round of the playoffs. Let's take a look at four reasons why New Orleans will simply overpower Detroit.