Lions vs. Saints: New Orleans Will Expose Overrated Lions in Wild Card Matchup

Michael MillSenior Analyst IIIJanuary 7, 2012

NEW ORLEANS, LA - DECEMBER 04:  Wide receiver Lance Moore #16 of the New Orleans Saints reacts after scoring in the second quarter against the Detroit Lions at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on December 4, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Detroit fans have waited a long time for their Lions to once again appear in the playoffs.

It's been a long time since Detroit had the opportunity to participate in postseason play.

In fact, starting quarterback Matthew Stafford was just 11 years old when the Lions took on the Washington Redskins in the Wild Card Round in the 1999 Playoffs.

The Lions really didn't even deserve to be in the playoffs that year. They finished the season on a four-game winning streak which allowed them to sneak in at 8-8.

This year, the team may have a 10-6 record, but they really aren't that good of a football team.

The Saints are going to let that be known when the two teams face off later tonight.

The Lions are 0-5 against teams that finished with a record better than .500 this season. They have lost to every NFC team in the playoffs this year, excluding the Giants.

If they had played New York, it's possible they would have lost that game as well.

Detroit is not a bad team, but they aren't nearly as good as their record indicates. They have beaten up on lesser teams all season. Any time they were face to face with a tough opponent, they fell apart.

The Lions have an unbelievable passing attack. It is one of the best in the league.

That's all they have. The team doesn't have any rushing attack. They don't have much of a defensive presence either.

They are very undisciplined, and it has cost them on numerous occasions this season.

Now they have to take on a team that is, right now, the hottest in the league. The Saints are unstoppable on offense.

Drew Brees has changed the record books this season. The Saints can run the ball effectively. The defense isn't elite but has held opponents all year.

New Orleans is on an eight-game winning streak. They have scored 45, 45 and 42 points in their last three games.

The Lions really don't stand a chance in this one.

The team has made strides in the right direction, but this is a hurdle much too large to overcome.