Lions @ Saints: Game Preview
LIONS: QB MATTHEW STAFFORD has 3,119 pass yards, most by Det. QB in 1st 11 games of season. Has 26 pass TDs, tied with HOFer BOBBY LAYNE (1951) for 2nd most by Det. QB in season. Lions are 7-0 when he has 100+ rating...RB KEVIN SMITH aims for 3rd in row vs. NO with rush TD...WR CALVIN JOHNSON leads NFL with 12 TD catches. Joins HOFers LANCE ALWORTH & JERRY RICE as only players with 12+ rec. TDs in 3 of 1st 5 seasons. Since start of 2008, has 41 rec. TDs, most in NFL. Has 1,023 rec. yards & is 1st WR in team history with 1,000+ rec. yards in 3 of 1st 5 seasons. WR NATE BURLESON has 12 catches for 197 yards (98.5 per game) & TD in 2 meetings. T JEFF BACKUS has started 171 consecutive games, tied with HOFer DICK LE BEAU for longest streak in club history. WR TITUS YOUNG ranks 3rd among NFC rookies with 376 rec. yards (29 catches) ...DE CLIFF AVRIL has 5 sacks, 4 FFs & 24-yard FR-TD in past 5...
SAINTS: QB DREW BREES is 2-0 vs. Det., completing 56 of 74 (75.7 pct.) for 709 yards with 8 TDs vs. 1 INT for 135.5 rating. In last meeting, had 6 TDs, completing 26 of 34 (76.5) for 358 yards & 137 rating. Has 20+ comp. in NFL-record 31 games in row. Has TD pass in 38 consecutive games, 2nd-longest streak in NFL history... RB-PR-KR DARREN SPROLES is only player in NFL with 2+ rush TDs (2), 2+ rec. TDs (3) & ret. TD. Rushed for career-high 122 yards & 2 TDs in last meeting (12/16/07 with SD). RB PIERRE THOMAS has TD in 3 of past 4...TE JIMMY GRAHAM leads NFL TEs in receptions (67) & yards (957). Had 2 TDs last week. WR MARQUES COLSTON has 3 rec. TDs in 2 career meetings. WR LANCE MOORE had 2 TDs last week. WR ROBERT MEACHEM aims for 3rd in row vs. Det. with TD (20-yard run & 39-yard catch). In past 2 games vs. Det., WR DEVERY HENDERSON has 7 catches for 199 yards (99.5 per game, 28.4 avg.) & TD...Since entering NFL in 2006, S ROMAN HARPER has 16 sacks, most by DB.
Lions @ Saints: Game Preview - Canal Street Chronicles
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