Found January 07, 2012 on Football Nation:
OK, LET’S KNOCK OUT THE OBVIOUS:   Despite the New Orleans Saints (13-3) having a stellar 8-0 record at home this season, the Detroit Lions (10-6)are banking to show the world they’re not just a “one-and-done” wild card contender, but eventual Super Bowl opponent. Detroit has won every game since losing to New Orleans except their heartbreaking 45-41 loss to Green Bay at Lambeau Field on New Year’s Day. Twenty years is a long time for a playoff win. But after losing 41-36 to the Seattle Seahawks in last year’s wild card game, the Saints believe 20 weeks – the time since they were beaten by Seattle – have been too long to go without the title of Super Bowl champions.   We know there will be a lot of yards passed by both Saints’ and Lions’ quarterbacks Drew Brees and Matt Stafford, respectively. Both of them average more than 300 passing yards per game and more than 10,000 yards have been thrown by the both of them.   We know Calvin Johnson is going to have a huge game – or shall we say

Saints’ Evans: Suh does dirty things, but he’s a phenomenal player

When the Lions visited New Orleans during the regular season, defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh was back home in Oregon because he was suspended for his Thanksgiving stomp. So Saturday’s Lions-Saints playoff game will be the first time the Saints’ offensive linemen have blocked Suh. And what do they expect to see? Pretty much what everyone…

Saints OL Jahri Evans Says Ndamukong Suh is Dirty After the Whistle

Saints guard Jahri Evans is a Pro Bowl lineman preparing for his team’s Wild Card playoff game against the Lions Saturday. He has one of his toughest assignments of the season — protecting Drew Brees from Detroit’s rowdy defensive line led by Ndamukong Suh. Though Evans respects Suh, he recognizes the Lions lineman is dirty. “I think some things he does is dirty, after the...

The Detroit Lions Shock The World: Game 1

The stage is now set for the Detroit Lions to make an improbable run through the NFL Playoffs on their way to this city’s first World Title in 55 years. 55 Years. Exactly the number of years that Detroit has gone without a road playoff victory. If you’re gonna break a streak, why not do in style? Below is a preview by each DS360 Writer on how the Lions beat the Saints Saturday...

Fandemonium: Geaux, Lions!

A Lions fan adds a little Ndamukong Suh flair to an oft-used New Orleans saying before Saturday's playoff game kicked off at the Superdome. The fan was probably still in a good mood at halftime, when Detroit led, 14-10, but things went downhill from there. Let's hope he and his friends decided to stay in the Big Easy until next month. They'd fit right in with the Mardi Gras crowd....

Matt Millen defends Ndamukong Suh, applauds Lions

Matt Millen thought the idea was laughable that Ndamukong Suh is dirty and that the Lions' defense is too aggressive. "Let me tell you something," Millen said during Tuesday night's Sugar Bowl at the Superdome. "There's 32 teams in the league. Call the other 31 and ask them if they want him. End of story."

Wild card weekend’s five least valuable players

Ndamukong Suh, Defensive Tackle, Detroit Lions. Suh spent his Saturday doing three things: 1) being run right past as he bulled his way into the backfield, 2) being unable to beat the double-teams the Saints threw at him, and 3) not being so great against the single-teams, either. He and Nick Fairley were non-factors. And sure, going against the Saints excellent offensive line is...

Detroit Lions: 3 Burning Questions, Playoff Edition

Building off of their 5-0 start to the 2011 season, the Lions have held their playoff fate in their own hands most of the 2011 season. After some mid-season struggles the Lions prepare to begin their first trip to the playoffs since 1999 and also attempt to win their first postseason game since 1991 when they defeated the Dallas Cowboys in the Divisional Round 38-6. Here are questions...

Detroit vs. New Orleans: The Keys to a Saints Win

Saturday night’s matchup between the Detroit Lions and the New Orleans Saints should have a familiar feel. It was only a month ago these two teams faced off in prime time at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints come in as heavy favorites, but the Lions aren't likely to hand the game over. The Saints are hoping to repeat the results of the December meeting when they...

Steve Schrader: Sports year in review

It's Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, the 2010 defensive rookie of the year, who had an odd year. If you ask him, he's just misunderstood, at least by his critics.

Wild Card Weekend: Lions at Saints

 New Orleans is hot right now having won eight of their last nine games including a 31-17 victory over the Lions on December 4th, but in comparison to that previous match-up, the 10-6 Lions that arrive in New Orleans today to square off against the 13-3 Saints will be healthier and better prepared.  The last time these two teams met, Detroit not only played poorly and undisciplined...
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