Time again for the Lions congregation:
1. What are your thoughts on the Lions waiver wire finds thus far?
I think that the with Copeland Bryan the Lions brought another stable body in for depth at DE that is an upgrade over IAF. As for the rest, they are upgrades over whom they replaced, but not by a lot. Figurs was brought in solely for his return ability, so we will have to see if they utilize that before I pass judgement. Most impressive waiver pickup to me was netting O’Connell and turning him into a draft pick. Something for nothing — can’t beat that!
2. What’s the most important matchup the Lions need to win on Sunday?(ex. Backus vs. Will Grant, CJ vs. Jabari Greer)
There are two of them — Lions Oline vs Saints Dline. The Lions, like many more talented NFL teams, will be unable to stop Drew Brees on the field. In the movie “A Knight’s Tale”, the antagonist (Count Ademar) asks his advisor how he would defeat the hero (Heath Ledger, in a jousting match.) His answer? In bed, with a stick, while he’s asleep. On the field, with a lance in his hand? Never. Solution? Count Ademar gets the “unbeatable knight” hauled off to the stocks…so he doesn’t have to face him on the field. Now, I’m not saying the Lions should trump up phony charges and have Drew Brees tossed in the slammer.
HOWEVER — they do need to find a way to keep him off the field. Since the defense won’t be able to get him off the field (except when he scores) the key battle will be in the trenches. The Lions need to repeat what they did to Peyton Manning in the preseason and grind out the clock and keep Brees off the field. The Lions will still need to put up points and count on the defense to get at least a stop or two, but if the Lions O-Line can create even creases for Kevin Smith (and Jerome Felton) to hammer away at the Saints Dline then the Saints will be forced to stack the line, and that will leave open the opportunity for some big pass plays to play keep-up with Saints in scoring, as well as slow the pass rush to a crawl by rolling in screens and play action.
However, it will only go as far as the Offensive Line can push the Saints Defensive line back at the line of scrimmage.
3. What’s your predicted score for NO-Det?
No prediction. If I could see the future, I’d be watching the game from a luxury box in the Superdome, and have my own box at Ford Field and live a life of luxury. Since this is not the case, I’ll just have to guess — New Orleans 35 – Detroit 38. (I said a guess, not a good one.)