Lions must help Matthew Stafford to avoid another lost season

17 October, 2017, 00:54 | Author: Laura Christensen
  • Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford has been hurting this week because of an ankle injury

The Saints almost blew a 35-point second-half lead Sunday but somehow hung on for a 52-38 victory over the Detroit Lions at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome to sneak above the.500 mark (3-2) for the first time since the end of the 2013 season - a drought of 1,386 days. They turned the ball over too many times on offense and couldn't stop the run on defense. "No matter how I am feeling, I am going to be out there and trying to help us win".

New Orleans (3-2) has never hit Stafford with the kind of ferocity the Saints brought to bear on Sunday.

WELCOME BYE: Stafford made it clear Detroit's Week 6 bye is coming at a good time - not just because of his ankle. Flush with momentum, New Orleans started piling on points, backing up a Drew Brees touchdown pass with a Lattimore pick-six that gave the Saints a 45-10 lead.

Another Stafford fumble then led to the Saints tacking on another touchdown, this one a 1-yard run by Mark Ingram for a 24-7 bulge with 10:46 remaining until intermission.

"There are some lessons learned in a game like this", Saints coach Sean Payton said. "Sorry to see him to go off the field with whatever he has got, but he is a big part of our offence. And we wanted to prove that we can carry this team running the ball, receiving the ball and being playmakers for this offense".

Who: Detroit Lions vs.

While Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford threw for 312 yards and three touchdowns, much of that production came during Detroit's desperation comeback attempt. We always think that we have a chance to close the gap.


"It's probably one of the crazier games I've been involved in", Brees said.

"For all the stuff we were doing right a year ago in practice, for some reason it wasn't translating to the field".

Ingram's top performance this season until Sunday was a 14-carry, 56-yard showing against the Carolina Panthers on September 24. The Saints entered the game as one of only three teams in National Football League history not to commit a turnover in the first four games, but committed two interceptions and lost one fumble.

Kamara's hurdle set up the Saints with a goal line situation, and they ended up scoring another touchdown. The Lions came into the game allowing only 74 yards rushing a game.

After Justin Hardee downed a Thomas Morstead punt at the Lions' 1-yard line, Jordan batted a Stafford pass into the air and caught it for a touchdown, sealing the win.

Ingram added emphatically on more than one occasion that he was glad to hear what Peterson was doing in Arizona (he was up to 81 yards and a touchdown in the first half at the time that Ingram was talking).

To make things worse, defensive leader Glover Quin sustained a brain injury while offensive sparkplug Golden Tate left the game with a shoulder injury.

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