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New Orleans Saints 2009 Game Preview: Week One, Lions @ Saints

DETROIT - DECEMBER 21: Cornerback Randall Gay #20 of the New Orleans Saints breaks up the pass to Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson #81 in the first quarter on December 21, 2008 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. The Saints defeated the Lions 42-7.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
Keith NullContributor IJune 5, 2009

The last meeting (December 21, 2008) between these two teams was one to remember. Records were set for both clubs as the Saints 42-7  routing of the Lions solidified Detroit’s place as the first 0-15 team in league history.

New Orleans tied a team record with 32 first downs, never punting. The Saints had the best success on third down of any team since 1991 and broke the team record with their 50th TD of the year, finishing the game with 53.

 

Next Meeting: Sunday, Sept. 13, 2009

Location: Louisiana Superdome

Series Leader: The Saints evened the series at Detroit last season bringing the all time record to 9-9-1 between the two clubs.

Offensive Keys To Success: There is not much that the Saints need to change offensively heading into this next game. After all New Orleans totaled 532 total yards of offense, 351 yards through the air, and another 181 yards on the ground.

In a display of just how dangerous this offense can be the team totaled six touchdowns on the day, running in four by four different Saints. Drew Brees then pitched in two touchdowns of his own by connecting with receiver Marques Colston twice on successive drives in the third quarter.

If it’s not broke don’t fix it!

Defensive Keys To Success: The Saints defense actually played a pretty decent game against Detroit last season, a rarity amongst what was a consistently bad squad. New Orleans only gave up 255 yards of offense to the Lions and one lone touchdown to rookie runner Kevin Smith.

Lions quarterback Dan Orlovsky was picked of twice by the unit completing only 10 of 23 passes before being benched in the fourth quarter.The Saints must do a better job stopping the run and containing Smith. Smith ran all over them posting 111 yards on 24carries, averaging 4.6 yards a carry.

Orlovsky will no longer be the starting quarterback as it appears the Lions first round pick Matthew Stafford will be the starter heading into the 2009 season. It’s not clear how good Stafford will be but I don’t expect him to post big numbers as long as the Saints shut down his top receiving weapon in Calvin Johnson.

Game Stats From Last Meeting: Stats

Prediction: Just like the last meeting I expect the Saints to handle the Lions pretty easily at home, 34-6.

Keith Null is the lead writer at whodatdish.com, part of the fansided blog network. Follow the New Orleans Saints through whodatdish.com at twitter.com/whodatdish

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