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Lions vs. Saints: Detroit Won't Keep Up with Explosive New Orleans Offense

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 01:  Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints stands on the field during the game against the Carolina Panthers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Michael MillSenior Analyst IIIJanuary 6, 2012

If you are sick of ridiculous high-scoring football games after watching college football this last week, then I suggest you don't turn on Saturday's Wild Card Round matchup between the New Orleans Saints and Detroit Lions.

Vegas actually has the over/under for the game set at 59 points. If that doesn't say it all, I don't know what does.

The Lions walk into the game boasting the No. 4 scoring offense in the league. The Saints will enter the matchup with the second-ranked scoring offense.

These two teams have already faced off once before this season.

In Week 13 the Saints claimed a 31-17 victory over the Lions, though Detroit managed to hold quarterback Drew Brees to "just" 342 yards and three touchdowns.

You can laugh at that statement all you want. This season Brees has actually averaged 342.3 yards and 2.9 touchdowns per game. Holding Brees to his average performance is actually an achievement this year.

Unfortunately for Detroit, they will need to do a much better job if they want to go anywhere after a 12-year drought out of the playoffs.

The Saints are on an eight-game winning streak and Brees is playing better than he has all season. In the last three games the Saints have scored 42, 45 and 45 points.

If the Lions are going to stay in this game, they are going to have to put up a lot of points.

They are capable of doing that. The Lions were held to under 20 points just four times this season.

However, one of those times was against the Saints.

There is no team that is as hot as New Orleans is right now. This record-setting offense isn't going to be slowed by the Lions.

There is one big difference between the Lions offense and the Saints offense.

Although Drew Brees has been outstanding in this record setting season, the Saints actually have some balance on the offensive side of the ball.

It goes unnoticed, but the team's 132.9 rushing yards per game is actually ranked sixth best in the league.

The Lions, on the other hand, have been forced to throw the ball nonstop in order to get any production on offense.

The Saints defense will be able to key in on the pass. The Lions defense will be forced to stay honest and stop both the run and pass.

Detroit has made huge strides in the right direction this season. This will just be too big of a hurdle to overcome.

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