Lions vs. Saints: Analysis of the 2009 Opener

Posted: September 12, 2009 in Saints
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The worst of the worst, perfectly bad, and perfectly infamous. These are the Detroit Lions of a year ago. The 2008 Lions, with the help from a 42-7 blowout from the Saints went 0-16 last year and ranked dead last in the league in defense. Wait, did you say defense, was someone really worse than us? Yes would be the simple answer.

But a game in 2009, particularily the opener, may not be as simple as that answer. Sure, it could be easy, just not as easy as everyone drives themselves to believe because the Lions are jacked with over 20 new players from 2008 along with a new coach and a new mentality. Much needs to be done if the Saints want to walk out of their opener with a W. Brees needs to be every single little bit of Brees and same with the offense while the defense will need to translate the aggression from preseason and add just a little more because the Lions do have one thing going for them, they went 0-16. They have everything to prove to the nation, including themselves and a win against the most high-powered offense in the league would go along way to doing that, not to mention it possibly being their biggest game of 2009.

Subjectively speaking, we better beat the HELL out of them. We havent gotten the monkey off our backs yet, because we still have to keep them from winning their first game in over two years against us. I’m afraid to say we already have ourselves a hang up game Who Dats; a playoff game, so we better Bring It, and Win.

 

Detroit WR Calvin Johnson vs. New Orleans CB Tracy Porter
Johnson is a very tough matchup for any cornerback. He has rare speed (running a sub-4.4 40), very good hand-eye coordination and body control. He makes the tough catches. He also has very good build-up speed.

Porter looked very good in his five starts as a rookie last year before missing the rest of the season with an injury. He had one interception, and was on his way to having a fine rookie year before getting hurt. For him to be successful, he will have to redirect Johnson early in his release off the line of scrimmage. I’m sure the defensive staff in New Orleans — under the leadership of new defensive coordinator Gregg Williams — will have some special coverage in place against Johnson, who had 12 TD catches and 1,331 receiving yards in 2008. Porter has coverage skills, but Johnson has Randy Moss-like ability.

Gil Brandt

——–NFL.com

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