Saints vs. Lions: 5 Things to Watch for on Sunday Night Football

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Saints vs. Lions: 5 Things to Watch for on Sunday Night Football
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Here we go again.

Another week and another nationally televised game against a playoff contender. The Saints seem to be a different animal on national television. They have had three games seen by the whole country this year. The first was a nail-biter against the Green Bay Packers to open the season, and the Saints lost that one by eight points.

However, the last two have been absolutely dominated by the Saints and I expect nothing less this week. Granted, the past two national games came against a winless Indianapolis Colts team and a New York Giants team that seems to be spiraling downward. However, 111 points for the Saints compared to 31 against in those two games is impressive.

The Lions are very different from the Giants and Colts. They are more comparable to the Packers. They can put up points, play solid pass defense and get after the quarterback. This game will be yet another tough test for the New Orleans Saints.

Drew Brees and company will have their hands full with the 7-4 Lions rolling into the Superdome angry after a Thanksgiving Day loss to the division-rival Packers. 

I have already predicted the Saints to take the Lions out this week, but there are still some things that need to happen so that the Saints can get their fourth straight victory.

Let's look at five matchups the Saints need to win to dominate the Lions in Week 13.

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