Drew Brees had a career day as the Saints beat the worst team in the NFL the Detroit Lions 45-27.
Brees passed for 358 yards and 6 touchdowns tying an NFL record for most td's in an opening game of the season. Brees connected with 5 different receivers on the 6 tosses including 2 to tight end Jeremy Shockey who recorded his first career td in a Saints uniform since being traded their last season. Devery Henderson, Marques Colston, Heath Evans and Robert Meachem recoded the other 4 touchdowns from Brees.
Mike Bell resurrected his NFL career with 143 yards on the ground. After a great rookie year in Denver in 2006, Bell had fallen on some hard times until he caught fire yesterday. Former Heisman winner Reggie Bush seemed to be insignificant in the opener as he rushed for only 14 yards and had 55 receiving yards to go along with 2 fumbles one of which he lost. Although the Saints won they still gave up 27 points to the Lions but the one bright spot on defense was the 2 interceptions newly acquired Darren Sharper had.
Rookie and #1 overall draft pick Matthew Staffords day didn't go quite as planned. The quaterback out of the University of Georgia completed about 50% of his passes for 205 yards and 3 interceptions. Calvin Johnson accounted for almost half of Staffords passing yards with 90 receiving yards.
The Saints will look to make it 2-0 next week as they travel to Philadelphia to take on the Eagles who may be without starting quarterback Donovan McNabb who broke a rib Sunday against Carolina.
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Written by Bobby Lopez