The New Orleans Saints (2-2) play host the Detroit Lions (3-2) in Week 6, and Sean Payton’s team is once again looking to crack the .500 mark. This is the fourth straight season that these two teams face off, with Sunday making the third straight appearance by the Lions in the Crescent City. You’ve probably heard it by now, but Detroit has had New Orleans’ number lately, winning three straight games from 2014-16.
Last season’s matchup saw the Saints struggle heavily on offense, and the crowd was taken out of the game very early in a 28-13 defeat. The season before, the Saints were in a 28-3 hole by the 3rd Quarter and rallied to make it interesting on Monday Night Football. However, they ended up losing 35-27. In 2014, the Saints seemingly had victory within their reach. After being up 23-10 with less than six minutes to go, the Lions struck twice in just under two minutes to shock the Saints to win 24-23.
It’s tough to say what this game will bring. We’re wondering if the real Dennis Allen defense is what we saw in the team’s past two victories, and ultimately we want to see if extra preparation time has helped the Saints prepare in their game plan. This will be the first of three straight NFC North opponents for New Orleans, as they’ll travel to Green Bay to take on the Packers in Week 7, and then return home for a two-game home stint that starts with the Chicago Bears in Week 8.