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Monday Night Football Prediction: Saints defeat the Lions

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This evening, the Detroit Lions (4-9) and the New Orleans Saints (5-8) will face each other at the Mercedes-Benz SuperDome in New Orleans, Louisiana. They’ll kick off around 8:30 pm EST on ESPN with broadcasters Mike Tricio and Jon Gruden calling the action on Monday Night Football.

In this simulated game, the Saints will defeat the Lions 38-21. If this does become true, it’ll be the Saints second straight win as the Lions have dropped another game as they haven’t won a game since their blowout win over the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Saints dominated the time of possession with 35:16 to the Lions 24:24. The Sean Payton led offense also had 416 yards to Detroit’s 265 yards.

Future Hall of Famer Drew Brees went 26 of 35 for 361 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions. His counterpart, Lions signal caller Matthew Stafford went 14 of 23 for 179 yards and three touchdowns.

The Lions continued to struggle on the ground, as neither back had more than 48-yards. Joique Bell led the team with 48 yards, while Theo Riddick had 25 and rookie Ameer Abdullah added 15. Stafford also had four.

Tim Hightower also received the bulk of the carries in this game as he did last week following Mark Ingram’s season-ending injury. Hightower had 64-yards and a touchdown. C.J. Spiller added 17, while Austin Johnson had zero and Brees was -4.

Brandon Coleman led the Saints with 110-yards, including a 57-yard reception, and a touchdown. Willie Snead added 82-yards and a touchdown, while Brandin Cooks also had 70 and a touchdown.

Marques Colston had 51 and tight end Benjamin Watson had 48.

The Lions were led in receiving by Riddick, who had 58-yards and a touchdown. ‘Megatron’ Calvin Johnson added 47 and a touchdown, while Eric Ebron had 40. Lance Moore had 13-yards and a touchdown against his former team. T.J. Jones had 11, while Golden Tate had 10.

Brees was the player of the game with his performance.

The Saints dominated the game and had an early 20 point lead, before the Lions began to come back. Yet, it wasn’t enough, as the Saints scored 17 of the game’s final 24 points.

Kai Forbath made a 36-yarder as time expired as the Saints went up 38-21. Hightower scored on a three-yard run to make it 35-21 with 2:18 remaining.

Johnson scored on a six-yard reception from Stafford to cut the lead to 28-21 with 4:47 left in the game. This touchdown followed a Saints scoring drive that had Cooks catch a six-yard reception from Brees preceded by a Hightower two-point conversion for a 28-14 lead.

The Lions scored two touchdowns in the third quarter. Riddick scored on a 27-yard reception, then Moore had a 13-yard recpetion to cut the lead to 20-14.

In the second quarter, Snead and Coleman caught touchdown passes. Forbath also made a 42-yarder in the quarter. He also had a 47-yarder in the first quarter.

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