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Our offense vs their defense: Detroit Lions

New Orleans’ offense needs to figure things out.

New Orleans Saints v Detroit Lions Photo by Nic Antaya/Getty Images

This week, the New Orleans Saints get their biggest test of the season against the Detroit Lions. After a bad loss to the Atlanta Falcons last Sunday, the Saints sit at 5-6 and will host the 8-3 Lions in the Superdome.

I’m just going to say it, this offense has looked bad all season, but on Sunday, they looked flat out horrible. They were able to move the ball well, but just like every game before this, they looked lost once they hit the red zone.

Even though everyone is waiting for the day they get the notification of a coaching or quarterback change, that day likely will not come this season. The Saints front office seems content on holding onto their staff for the rest of the season, and if this weekend didn’t do enough to show them, they need to make a change now, I don’t know if they will until the offseason.

Alright, enough of that, let’s get into how the Saints offense matches up with the Lions defense. First, the quarterback and receivers.

Derek Carr has not lived up to his 150-million-dollar deal at all. I’ve gotten ridiculed for it, but I tried to hold out hope that they can figure things out for as long as possible, but I just don’t see it happening at this point, especially in this game. The Lions do give up the 12th most passing yards per game in the entire league (227.5) and Carr and this offense has been able to put up a lot of yards at times, even if they don’t result in points. However, the Saints will likely be without WR’s Michael Thomas, Chris Olave and Rashid Shaheed this week. That means A.T. Perry, Lynn Bowden, Keith Kirkwood and probably Marquez Callaway will be the options out wide for this game. That’s not a good sign.

Bowden actually played a pretty good game when they started feeding him the ball after injuries to Olave and Shaheed, but I don’t think he can be the guy in any offense. This week will likely be another rough watch, especially through the air, because none of these guys have proven they can go make the big play. It also doesn’t help that Juwan Johnson has struggled since his return from injury. At this point, I honestly wouldn’t be surprised if Taysom Hill leads the team in receiving yards against the Lions.

Although the struggle defending the pass, Detroit ranks 5th best in the NFL in terms of rushing yards allowed per game this season, holding opponents to 91.3 yards per game on the ground. We know all about the Saints rushing struggles this year, and once again, it will probably be another bad day at the office for the Saints backs against this very good Lions front.

Detroit does rank 24th in the league in points per game allowed with opponents scoring an average of 23.5 PPG. The thing is, that means the other team has to score touchdowns, and this offense has proven to struggle in that department. If the Saints want to hit that 24-point mark, they HAVE to score touchdowns. They can’t trot Blake Grupe out there for multiple 40+ yard field goals and expect to win. I don’t know how they could do it, but if they want any chance in this game, they have to find ways to get in the end zone.

With all the players out and the struggles on offense so far, I don’t see the Saints having very much success in this game. We could very well be in for another touchdown-less game this weekend, so just be prepared for the worst.

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