What do you get when you combine a team that has not won an NFL game since December 2007, a rookie quaterback making his first career start, a team who scored 107 points in four preseason games and a two touchdown spread?
These four stats lead to an opening day contest as the Detroit Lions travel to play the New Orleans Saints. Detroit will be looking to put a terrible 2008 season behind them as they became the first NFL team to go through an entire season without winning a game and going 0-16. They will be putting their hopes on rookie and #1 overall pick out of the University of Georgia quaterback Matthew Stafford to bring some relevance to a team and some hope to a city who hasn't had anything to cheer about football wise since Barry Sanders retired in 1998.
For New Orleans the sky is the limit with a potent offense led by 5000 yard passer Drew Brees and his plethora of offensive options such as Marques Colsten, Devery Henderson, Jeremy Shockey and Reggie Bush. The Saints have high hopes for this season as they have had two sub-par seasons back to back coming off their 2006 NFC Championship loss to the Chicago Bears. They will also be looking to keep the last to playoff streak of the NFC South alive. Dating back to 2003 the team that has finished last the season before has gone on to make the playoffs the following year and at 8-8 last year that puts the Saints in line to keep this record going.
Come Sunday night we will not be able to determine what the season will hold for both teams as there is still a long way to go but we can get a good sense as to how these teams are going to play all season long. Can Matthew Stafford live up to the hype of being a #1 draft pick? Can the Saints get back to the dominance they had in 2006? My prediction is the Saints will have no problem hitting the 14 point spread by halftime and they will go on to have a great season and finish 11-5 and win the NFC South.
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Written by Bobby Lopez