Stafford throws for 341 yards, Lions beat Saints 28-13

Posted December 05, 2016

They're in command, with an 8-4 record. But they followed up with their most complete loss of the season.

See what I did there?

The Saints' defense has struggled all season, and today is no exception. All against a Lions defense that didn't feature any of its three starting linebackers from the start of the season? How? Simple: they need to control the clock. Sean Payton's squad is coming off a high-scoring performance against the Rams, while the Lions won their Thanksgiving matchup against the Vikings.

Prater added his third and fourth field goals - from 32 and 27 yards - as the Lions extended their lead to 19-6 in the third quarter, but the Saints defense escaped without giving up a touchdown. The latter set up a Lions field goal. With Jeremy Maclin out for this game, Hill should be in line for another strong game, as the Falcons allow the most receiving yards per game in the league.

The Saints will start the drive at the Lions 48-yard line, after a 24-yard return from Tommylee Lewis.

According to the oddsmakers at BetDSI, the Saints are favored at home, as they are getting odds of -6 points against the Lions. This is a clear indication they rely on the passing game to score points.

The game management also continued to be poor. "I turned into a running back and scored". Still, this Lions team has showed resilience, and a multi-faceted attack that they've lacked in the past. Rece says Washington gets the edgeDinich expects Clemson is in, Penn State is outPenn State makes resume stronger with Big 10 titleNFL to review final play of Ravens-Bengals gamesc Brees threw three interceptions while completing 31 of 44 passes for 326. Stafford has been one of the big reasons why the Lions have been able to sustain a very good season.

Other Wide Receivers I love this week: Mike Evans @ SD $8,600, Larry Fitzgerald vs WAS $7,100, Julian Edelman vs LA $6,800, Doug Baldwin vs vehicle $6,700, Brandin Cooks vs DET, Golden Tate @ NO $6,200, Jamison Crowder @ ARI $5,800, Willie Snead vs DET $5,100, Kenny Britt @ NE $5,000, Anquan Boldin @ NO $4,100. Tate has been his go-to guy in clutch situations, but it's Bolden that has shocked me. The over/under total for the game is listed at 52 points. In the last five games, the defense has sacked the quarterback 13 times and forced nine takeaways. They have managed to force 17 turnovers. There were only 135 rushing yards between both teams.