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Nate Caminata - Publisher
New Orleans enters Detroit 3-0, confident & cocky, with former Lion David Sloan starting at tight end. They're going to leave 3-1. Detroit found a vital weapon in James Stewart last weekend, and Joey Harrington shook off the rust against the Pack as well. Wide receiver Bill Schroeder is returning to give Joey the deep threat, and Az Zahir Hakim prefers Harrington's "softer" passes to McMahon's bullets. The Lions' defense has to step up sooner or later, why not against the Saints?
Prediction: Lions 24 - Saints 20
Current Record: 0-3
Mike Fowler - Lions Insider
Just when you think there is no hope, the Lions save Marty Mornhinweg's (and perhaps Matt Millen's job) with a win. Joey Harrington has a game under his belt and the coaching staff will be a little more trusting of him and open the game plan up. That will be just what is needed. Detroit will be able to run the ball against a tough Saints defense playing its second road game in a row. I can see James Stewart getting his first 100 yard rushing game of the season. Harrington will look to Mikhael Ricks to get deep down the seam while throwing underneath to Az-Zahir Hakim and long to Scotty Anderson. Meanwhile, the Detroit defense, with rookies Andre Goodman, Chris Cash and Kalimba Edwards all playing major roles, stiffens and limits Aaron Brooks and company to less than 100 yards rushing and under 200 passing.
Prediction: Lions 23 - Saints 21
Current Record: 2-0
Paul Wezner - Contributing Editor
The Lions might have held their own against Green Bay last week, but the Saints are a much stronger team than the Packers. Brett Favre threw for well over 300 yards last week, if the secondary doesn't pick it up soon, there will be a 400-yard passer against the Lions this season. Brooks and Company could be the guy . . . if the Lions offense can at least keep the team in the game. Otherwise, Deuce McAllister will more than likely have a field day as well, while the Lions will search for some type of production from everyone. Just a random point: could anyone imagine what our offense would be doing without James Stewart? By far the best (and only) skill position player on the team. And the Lions were extremely close to releasing him.
Prediction: Saints 34 - Lions 10
Current Record: 3-0
Frank Bunker - "Paperless Lion "Columnist
These are the Saints, people. To win, the Lions only need to make history repeat itself. In this case, Father Time's initials are JH.
Remember the much-vaunted 2000 Lions team so many fans still pine for? They started their blazing run to 9-7 in the Superdome as winners, 14-10. If memory serves, the D netted a TD, special teams the other on a return. It was the beginning of a special season, with the Lions winning their first two games without need of an offensive touchdown, including the thrilling throttling Jason Hanson administered Washington with five field goals.
So, what the Lions need to do when the Saints come marching in to Motown is give them the warmest of welcomes, starting with former teammate David Sloan. The Lions can show Sloan and his teammates the cultural sights and the entertainment district. Then they can give these out-of-towners the old what's for in Ford Field.
Two tour guides to make certain the Saints go marching out in suitable style are standing by. The first is Chris Claiborne. It's wish-fulfillment time for the MLB, who finally gets put the hammer down on an opposing quarterback or three. He needs some help from the rest of the D, but it's no Mission Miraculous when the Saints are involved.
The second tour leader is John J. Harrington; and, in order to win, Detroit's wide receivers need to make his acquaintance in the end zone more than the Saints' cornerbacks. Nevertheless, like Jason Hanson and his Golden Toe, Harrington knows how to put points on the board. The difference is, this JH throws them instead.
Prediction: Lions 34 - Saints 10
Current Record: 0-3
Adrian Donofrio - Columnist
New Orleans has all the weapons to expose every one of Detroit's weaknesses on defense. New Orleans has a speedy running back in Deuce McAllister that can turn the corner in a hurry, something Ricky Williams had fun with, and a solid receiving corp, including rookie talent Donte` Stalloworth, who is very fast. Mark my words, Stallworth will burn the cornerbacks a time or two, despite his inexperience at the pro level. Joey Harrington should have a better game this week, especially if WR Bill Schroeder recovers from a rib injury. If James Stewart has a game like he did against Green Bay, Marty Mornhinweg would be an absolute fool not to use him more than he has thus far this season. All in all, the offense will improve, but the defense remains stagnant. Game, set, and match, New Orleans Saints.
Prediction: Saints 31 - Lions 21
Current Record: 2-1
Justin Vanfulpen - Resident Draft Expert
The Lions face the 3-0 Saints and it doesn't look to good for Detroit. The team will be starting rookie QB Joey Harrington for the second week and that is a good thing. But that seems to be the only positive. Lions go to 0-4
Prediction: Saints 31 - Lions 24
Current Record: 2-1