The Saints will be facing off against the team who didn't win a game at all during the 2008 season in week one, so the matchup advantages for New Orleans will be plentiful. Last year, these two teams played each other in week 16 and the Saints dismantled the lowly Lions, 42-7.
The reason behind this blowout was the fact that Detroit boasted one of the, if not the weakest, secondary in the NFL and they didn't do much to improve upon that.
So expect players like Marques Colston, Lance Moore, Jeremy Shockey, and Reggie Bush to take advantage of this weakness and have a big day against the Lions and extend the losing streak of the worst team in the NFL to 18 consecutive losses.
As much as the Saints will have an advantage in the passing game on offense, they will be facing a HUGE matchup problem in the passing game on defense.
That problem goes by the name Calvin Johnson.
This 6'5", 230 pound beast will have all eyes on him in week one and he is one of the few players in the NFL that is completely unstoppable, due to his unbelievable physical gifts.
The Saints secondary isn't exactly one of the strong points of this team, but they held Johnson to four catches for 64 yards in last season's game and the Saints' secondary heading into this season appears to be light years ahead of where they were last year.
But still, Johnson is quite an intimidating figure.