Found January 03, 2012 on
Odds Shark NFL Previews:
Jan 7, 8:00 PM | Turf of Mercedes-Benz Superdome
Detroit Lions vs New Orleans Saints Odds
Detroit couldn't beat Green Bay's backups in Week 17 and as punishment their first playoff action is many years is a tough road test against the red-hot New Orleans Saints in Wild Card betting action Saturday.
Drew Brees broke Dan Marino's passing yardage record and the Saints reeled off 8 straight wins (and ATS covers) to end the season. The opened as 10-point home chalk here against a Detroit team that may be happy just to make the playoffs.
The Lions lost 31-17 here a month ago and have lost the past 3 against New Orleans. Lions bettors should be wary of a recent trend that has seen NFC road teams going 10-4 ATS in the past 14 NFC Wild Card games.
The Saints however are 11-1 ATS at home recently, while Detroit is 0-4 ATS lately on the road. The Lions have been OVER machines on the road, going 9-1-1 past 11 trips away from Ford Field.
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Drew Brees passed for 389
yards and five touchdowns, and the New Orleans Saints set a slew of NFL and
club records in a 45-17 blowout of the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.
Their first game, a 31-17 victory by the Saints, featured explosive QBs (Drew Brees threw for 342 yards while Matthew Stafford had 408) and tempers (Detroit was penalized 11 times).
It is hard to deny how well the New Orleans Saints’ are playing right now. The dark horse with the fleur-de-lis might not have landed that 2nd place NFC slot but should have no trouble reaching the divisional playoffs. This is a team that hasn’t lost a game since October (currently an eight game winning streak) and has won all games since their Week 11 bye, helmed by the record...
Just imagine if the 49ers had lost Sunday in St. Louis. They would have returned to work Monday and faced a quick and daunting turnaround, with only five days to prepare for a playoff encounter with the ever-dangerous Lions.
Now that chore falls to Drew Brees and his New Orleans teammates.
Shaking off an earlier interception, Drew Brees hit Marques Colston on a 42-yard touchdown pass with seven seconds left in the first half to give the Saints a 24-17 halftime lead Sunday at the Superdome.
Jonathan Stewart's 29-yard touchdown run had pulled the Panthers even at 17 with 1:18 remaining in the half.
That was too much time for Brees, who completed all five...
The New Orleans Saints have set an NFL record for the most yards of offense in a season. The 2000 St. Louis Rams held the previous mark of 7,075. New Orleans eclipsed that number in the second quarter of Sunday's season finale against the Carolina Panthers on a pass from Drew Brees to Robert Meachem, reaching 7,081.
Already in this game, there have been a flurry of numbers and milestones. With Alex Smith's 28-yard touchdown pass to Michael Crabtree in the second quarter, Smith went over 3,000 yards for the season, a first for him. Smith is only about 2,000 yards behind Drew Brees.
Also, David Akers tried...
So many types of decisions are made in a calendar year in the NFL: coaching decisions, personnel decisions, league decisions, play call decisions; the list goes on and on. Usually, the bad decisions are the ones that get remembered the most, but let’s reflect on some of the five best decisions made during the 2011 NFL year:
5. Sean Payton Letting Drew Brees Break the Single Season...
Ok so its established which teams are playing which in the NFL playoffs, and I’m here to tell you who will win each game.
NFC Wild Card Round:
3. New Orleans Saints (13-3) vs 6. Detroit Lions (10-6)
The Saints have had a record breaking season this year. Drew Brees broke the single season record for passing yards. He also broke the record for the most 300 yard games with 12...