There’s a saying that goes, “Defense wins championships.” If this is true, neither the Saints or the Lions will wind up winning the Super Bowl — neither will the Patriots or the Packers for that matter. These teams are all proving this adage wrong as they are all putting up some serious points this season.
The Saints are ranked second in the NFL with 547 points scored and the Lions are ranked fourth with 474 points scored. Below are some charts we at OtherScreen put together comparing the two teams as they go into the first round of the playoffs. (You can OtherScreen the game on NBC at 8 p.m. EST by downloading our iPhone app or heading to our website.)
The Saints have better statistics in almost every category when compared with the Lions — their defensive yards given up are almost exactly even though. One statistic that can never be overlooked — especially in the playoffs — is turnover margin. Detroit actually has a much better turnover margin with a +11 (due mostly to 34 takeaways this season) which is good for fourth best in the NFL. The Saints, on the other hand, have a -3 turnover margin — which is 19th best in the NFL. Drew Brees doesn’t get the opportunity to break records if he doesn’t get the chance to throw a lot of passes. Some of these — 14 of them to be specific — got picked off.
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