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NFL Playoff Predictions: Why Detroit Lions Can Upset New Orleans Saints
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Five weeks ago, the New Orleans Saints knocked off a reeling Detroit Lions team 31-17 at the Superdome in New Orleans.

For the Lions, it was a game marked by 11 penalties, totaling 107 free yards for the opposition. It was a game where the Lions defense was without 2010 Rookie Defensive Player of the Year Ndamukong Suh, cornerbacks Chris Houston and Brandon McDonald, AND safety Louis Delmas. It was a game where the Lions failed to generate a single turnover. Did I mention they are third in the NFL in takeaways this season?

And yet on top of all of this, it is the game that many people point to as the reason New Orleans is a near-lock to defeat Detroit again this weekend in the round one of the NFL postseason.

With the Saints on a scorching eight game winning streak, a defeat at the Superdome would certainly be quite the upset, but I think the Lions have what it takes to pull it off:

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