There are five Detroit Lion combinations you must watch as they make their return to playoff football in the Mercedes Benz Superdome for the daunting task of upsetting the New Orleans Saints.
Not really the welcome basket the Lions were looking for when they squandered their chance to beat the Packers JV squad in Green Bay and head to New York.
If you think the opponent doesn’t matter, you didn’t see Matthew Stafford’s emotional plea to his defense to come up with a stop at the end of last week’s game.
Not to mention the Saints are still bitter about having to travel to Seattle last year and play a road playoff game against a team with a losing record that sent the fleur-de-lis home, one and done.
The Saints are battle-tested, focused and looking for retribution, while the Lions are making their first playoff appearance since Stafford was figuring out his first locker combination in sixth grade.
Like Lloyd from Dumb and Dumber optimistically replied to Mary, “So you’re telling me there’s a chance.”
Sure, the Lions have a chance on Saturday night and the Detroit Pistons could win the NBA title, but I’m not going to jump a bird to Vegas to bet the mortgage on either.
Wait, let me put on my Honolulu Bleux glasses...oh, things are becoming much clearer now.
The Superdome was host to the Fab Five when they knocked off Kentucky and Michigan turned three special teams’ miscues by Virginia Tech into a Sugar Bowl victory earlier this week.
For the Lions to attain their own “one shining moment” (the original by David Barrett is still the best), Detroit will need some breaks to go their way and play a near flawless game on both sides of the ball while avoiding special teams snafus like the two blocked field goal attempts on their last trip to Creole country in unlucky Week 13.
With both teams ranked in the top four in scoring, one would expect a shootout of 100 points with over 1,000 yards passing and within the lexicon of NFL records; Drew Brees and Matthew Stafford does sounds much better than Stafford and Flynn.
But don’t expect records to be broken again. This will be playoff football; winner moves on, loser goes home. Both coaching staffs are busy scheming to stop the opposing quarterback rather than putting up NBA-like scoring totals themselves.
Don’t get me wrong, the final won’t be 9-6, but the track meet we saw last weekend will not be replicated.
With that said, here is the wild card, combo, edition of the Van Etten V V…