As it stands Las Vegas has the Detroit Lions as big dogs in Saturday’s Wild Card Match up against the New Orleans Saints. The spread has the Lions as big as 10.5 point dogs, and everyone is expecting the Saints to crush the Lions and improve to 9-0 at the Superdome this season. That seems likely, but maybe just maybe the National Sports media is overlooking the Lions a bit.
Jamie Samuelsen who works for 94.7FM and blogs for the Detroit Free Press had this to say:
Based on that game, and that game alone, everyone seems to think that the Lions have no chance to win this Saturday. They are a bigger underdog this week than they were a month ago even though Suh will play and their defense is healthier than it’s been since perhaps week one against the Buccaneers. All of that is based on what happened in Green Bay. None of it is based on what happened in any of the other 15 games, and none of it is based on what might happen on Saturday.
Jamie refers to the 45-41 loss to the Green Bay Packers on the final day of the regular season, and how the Detroit defense let a backup QB throw for a ridiculous stat line. All of that is true, and if Drew Breeze gets the same set of circumstances that Matt Flynn did, he would certainly shred the Lions.
However, the circumstances are not the same. Sure like the Packers the Lions have seen the Saints once already this year. That game ended 31-17, but many would argue that the Lions beat themselves. Samuelsen recaps:
The Lions played an awful game. They lost their starting running back, Kevin Smith in the third quarter. They didn’t have Ndamukong Suh, who was sitting out the first game of his two-game suspension for stomping Evan Dietrich-Smith. They committed three horrific, inexcusable personal foul penalties, which either prolonged Saints drives or killed Lions drives.
We have all heard that on any given Sunday (or Saturday in this case) line, however strange things happen in the NFL playoffs, and it was this same Satins team that lost in the first round of last year’s playoffs (albeit on the road in Seattle). However, no one should rush to write of this Lions team.
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