He’s got the gumbo:
Expect Lions fullback Jerome Felton to get 5-7 touches in the FIRST HALF. Even though Felton is listed behind Terrelle Smith on the depth chart, its obvious offensive coordinator Scott Linehan was experimenting with the second-year bruiser in the preseason. The Saints are vulnerable in the middle of their defensive front and Linehan will want to use the combo of Kevin Smith / Felton to control the clock and prevent the Saints’ Drew Brees from throwing 4 TDs….in the first half.
Faire la misere:
New Orleans safety Darren Sharper WILL intercept Lions rookie quarterback Matthew Stafford in this contest. Sharper feasted on Lions quarterbacks for years as a Minnesota Viking and has a total of 11 career interceptions against Detroit. The savvy veteran will certainly catch Stafford on an underneath route at some point in the game.
Oo ye yi!:
Lions rookie linebacker DeAndre Levy is going to stuff a Saint in his tracks, most likely on a punt return. The third-round pick from Wisconsin looks like he is going to establish himself as a leader on special teams and be a downfield demon. Lets hope that Levy progresses further along than the last Badger ‘backer Detroit drafted, Alex Lewis, a former special teams captain who was let go prior to this season. Levy may not break any legs in this game (Joe Paterno) but he might break an opposing face mask busting the wedge.
Fais do do:
Hey, Ernie Sims, where have you been? Whether its overrunning in pursuit or flying in for a tackle instead of breaking down and making a fundamental stop, Sims will probably be on a shorter leash under coach Jim Schwartz and rightfully so. Remember, Sims was drafted specifically to be Detroit’s version of Derrick Brooks in the Tampa 2 scheme brought in by then-coach Rod Marinelli. Basically, another Marinelli pet project (aloha, Ikaika Alama-Francis, peace, Gerald Alexander) gone awry. If Sims blows assignments in the first half and doesn’t wrap up tackles, you will definitely see second-year linebacker Jordan Dizon or DeAndre Levy thrown into the etoufee’ fray.
*in Adam Sandler / Cajun Man voice*
Nawlins 34, Daytwaah 26