Dec 21, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints wide receiver Brandin Cooks (10) makes a 27-yard touchdown catch while defended by Detroit Lions cornerback Nevin Lawson (24) in the third quarter of the game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports
Final Analysis and Prediction
Given the talent and statistical advantage that the Saints possess over Detroit; this could easily be viewed as a potential easy victory for New Orleans. Clearly, the Saints are the much better team “on paper”.
But anyone who believes that this is a foregone conclusion either hasn’t watched football during the 2016 season, or perhaps is in great need of a CAT scan.
Eight of the Saints’ 11 games have been decided by one score or less.
Not to be outdone, every one of the games that Detroit has played this season have been within a touchdown.
Yes, the Saints do have the potential to win handily, but the more likely scenario is that this will be a back and forth battle, particularly in the second half.
In the end, the Saints play-makers — like Brandin Cooks — will ultimately be the difference, as New Orleans takes care of business to remain alive for a Playoff spot