NFL Playoffs 2012: Saints Will Outgun Lions in Wild Card Shootout

Austin GreenCorrespondent IJanuary 7, 2012

NEW ORLEANS, LA - DECEMBER 04:  Running back Darren Sproles #43 of the New Orleans Saints scores a touchdown against the Detroit Lions in the fourth quarter at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on December 4, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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The Detroit Lions have one of the best offenses in football, but they won't be able to keep up with Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints on Saturday night.

The Saints have been destroying everything in their path since November. Their last loss, a 31-21 fluke against the St. Louis Rams, came on October 30.

During their eight-game winning streak, the Saints have dropped at least 42 points on four occasions and won six games by double digits.

Brees had one of the best individual seasons in NFL history, shattering passing records left and right. He completed 468 passes for 5,476 yards and 46 touchdowns.

NEW ORLEANS, LA - DECEMBER 26:   Quarterback Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints throws a pass against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on December 26, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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During the Saints' eight-game run of dominance, Brees has been performing surgery on opposing secondaries. He has thrown for 2,430 yards (303.7 per game), 22 touchdowns and just three interceptions. He's also only been sacked five times.

This week, he will face the defense that made Matt Flynn a rich, rich man in Week 17. If the Lions gave up 480 yards and six touchdowns to a backup quarterback, Brees should have no trouble racking up points.

New Orleans beat Detroit 31-17 in Week 13, but the Lions were without safety Louis Delmas and defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. Both will play on Saturday.

Still, it will not be enough to contain the Saints' potent offense at home. The Saints are 8-0 and averaging 41.1 points per game in the Superdome this season.

The Lions have a potent offense that will keep them in the game. I really like Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson is unquestionably the best wide receiver on football.

However, until the Lions beef up their secondary, they won't be able to hang with elite teams like New Orleans and Green Bay.

Prediction: Saints 38, Lions 27


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