Week 13 Preview: Detroit Lions vs. New Orleans Saints

Lions Week 13 Preview

The Detroit Lions are rested after their rough Thanksgiving loss to the Green Bay Packers 29-22. The New Orleans Saints are also coming off a loss to the Atlanta Falcons, which cost them first place in the NFC South.

Detroit Lions 8-3 (1st Place in NFC North) vs. New Orleans Saints 5-6 (2nd Place in NFC South)

Date: Sunday, December 3
Time:  1:00 p.m. EST
TV Channel: FOX
Location: Caesars Superdome, New Orleans, LA
Line: Lions -3.5 / O/U: 45.5

2023 Season Stats


2023 Offense P/G (League Rank) 
Total Yards: 405.5 (2)
Passing Yards: 268.5 (3)
Rushing Yards: 136.9 (6)
2023 Defense (League Rank) 
Total Yards Allowed: 318.8 (10)
Passing Yards Allowed: 227.5 (20)
Rushing Yards Allowed: 91.3 (5)
2023 Cumulative Points Scored: 26.7 (7)
2023 Cumulative Points Allowed: 23.5 (24)

New Orleans:

2023 Offense (per game averages) 
Total Yards: 347.1 (12)
Passing Yards: 242.7 (11)
Rushing Yards: 104.4 (19)
2023 Defense (per game averages) 
Total Yards Allowed: 320.3 (12)
Passing Yards Allowed: 196.3 (7)
Rushing Yards Allowed: 124.0 (23)
2023 Cumulative Points Scored: 20.8 (18)
2023 Cumulative Points Allowed: 20.2 (9)

Series History/All-Time Records

All-time head-to-head record: New Orleans Leads 14-12-1
Current streak: New Orleans has won two straight
Last Detroit win: 12/04/2016 (28-13)
Last New Orleans win: 10/04/2020 (35-29)

2023 Top Players

Detroit Lions

Passing: Jared Goff – 275-405, 3075 yards, 18-8 (TD-INT)
Rushing: David Montgomery – 133 ATT, 648 YDS, 9 TD
Receiving: Amon-Ra St. Brown – 82 REC, 993 YDS, 5 TD
Tackles: Derrick Barnes – 52 (27-25)
Sacks: Aidan Hutchinson – 5.5
Interceptions: Jerry Jacobs – 3

New Orleans

Passing: Derek Carr – 244-372, 2535 YDS, 10-5 (TD-INT)
Rushing: Alvin Kamara – 119 ATT, 457 YDS, 2 TD
Receiving: Chris Olave – 63 REC, 771 YDS, 3 TD
Tackles: Demario Davis – 79 (49-30)
Sacks: Carl Granderson – 5.5
Interceptions: Paulson Adebo – 4

Lions Players To Watch:

Offense: Wide Receiver – Amon-Ra St. Brown

Brown is seven yards away from 1,000 for the second consecutive season and is going up against a Saint defense that gives up roughly 196.3 yards a game in the passing game. St. Brown must get the ball in his hands to make plays for the Lions.

Defense: Linebacker – Jack Campbell

The Lions are expected to be without Alex Anzalone for this one. The Saints are a little dinged up at wide receiver after Chris Olave and Rashid Shaheed suffered injuries last week. Both may play, but the focus on the defense should be Alvin Kamara, who can beat you on the ground and in the passing game, so the Lions will need their first-round draft pick to step up and keep Kamara in check.

Bottom Line: Detroit Lions Look to Sweep NFC South

The Detroit Lions have beat the Atlanta Falcons, Carolina, Panthers, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and they outscored them 82-36. This is a game they need to win to get back in the win column and get some momentum rolling. To do that, they need better pass protection from the offensive line to give Jared Goff time to throw the ball; if they can get that and get the defense back into form, the Lions should come out victorious.


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