The Detroit Lions are looking to get a chance at gaining sole possession of first place in the NFC North as they face the New Orleans Saints, who are seeking redemption.
The Detroit Lions are still atop the NFC North with a 4-2 record after defeating the Minnesota Vikings, 17-3. They currently rank first in the NFL in total defense and scoring defense, and they flexed their muscles against the Vikings by intercepting quarterback Teddy Bridgewater three times.
Running back Joique Bell returned healthy and rushed for 74 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries, providing a boost to the Lions’ running game during the absence of Reggie Bush.
However, Bush will return for Week 7 after healing from an ankle injury. The Lions offense will still not be in full form though as wide receiver Calvin Johnson will continue to sit out with an ankle injury.
Quarterback Matthew Stafford has developed great chemistry with wide receiver Golden Tate though, and tight end Eric Ebron is gradually getting more involved in the offense.
The Lions will look to take advantage of an easy defensive matchup as they face the New Orleans Saints. The Saints are coming off a bye week after an overtime win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Their defense had another poor showing with 31 points allowed against the Buccaneers, and quarterback Drew Brees struggled with 371 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions.
Despite their slow 2-3 start, the Saints are still capable of contending, and their bye week will lead to them coming out with guns blazing as they fight hard for a statement win. Brees will bounce back after struggling in his previous game.
Prediction: Saints 27, Lions 21