The Saints fell to 2-4 with a loss to the Lions. The Saints will return to action at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on October 26, when they host the Green Bay Packers (5-2) for a Sunday night prime time contest. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m CT.
The Saints gained 408 total yards on Sunday – 342 passing and 73 rushing. New Orleans outgained Detroit 408-344 on the afternoon.
QB Drew Brees completed 28 of 45 passes for 342 yards, two touchdowns, one interception and a 91.2 passer rating.
With his second quarter 13-yard touchdown pass to FB Austin Johnson, Johnson is the 67th player to catch a pass from Brees and the 46th player overall and 32nd Saint to catch a touchdown from him.
Brees now has 115 games with multiple touchdown passes, fifth-most in NFL history, including 90 as a Saint.
Brees appeared in his 133rd career game as a Saint, moving him into a tie with former Black and Gold LB Sam Mills for 19th place on the club's all-time games played list.
RB Pierre Thomas played in his 100th career game, becoming the 52nd Saint to play in 100 games, tying for 50th on the club's all-time list with Johnnie Poe (1981-87) and Jerry Fontenot (1997-2003). He had six carries for 13 yards and four receptions for 17 yards
Johnson had a second quarter 13-yard touchdown catch on his first career reception.
RB Travaris Cadet added six receptions for 51 yards to tie a career-high for receiving.
WR Marques Colston played in the 123rd game of his NFL career, putting him in sole possession of 25th place on the club's all-time games played list.
Colston tied for the team lead with six receptions for a team-high 111 yards. His 18-yard grab late in the second quarter set up a field goal as time expired in the first half to give New Orleans a 10-3 lead. It was the 27th 100-yard game of his career. With 628 career catches, he moved into 57th all-time on the NFL's list in receptions. With 8,654 receiving yards, he moved into 71st place all-time past Paul Warfield and Plaxico Burress.
WR Kenny Stills had five receptions for 103 yards, including a third quarter 46-yard touchdown reception. It was the sixth touchdown reception of Stills' career. All six have been for at least 34 yards.
G Jahri Evans played in the 132nd game of his career, surpassing Pro Football Hall of Fame T William Roaf for 21st place on the club's all-time games played list.
NT Brodrick Bunkley played in the 125th game of his NFL career and in the middle was a big part of a run stopping effort, before leaving with a concussion, where the Saints only allowed 59 rushing yards on 24 carries (2.5 avg.).
OLB Junior Galette had a big play for the second consecutive game as he sacked Detroit QB Matthew Stafford late in the second quarter for an eight-yard loss. It was Galette's team-leading fourth sack of the season and it was his 25.5th career takedown. Galette's 25.5 sacks are the most by an undrafted Saint all-time.
CB Keenan Lewis had a second quarter interception, the sixth of his career and his first of the season.
ILB Curtis Lofton led New Orleans with 16 tackles (13 solo).
ILB David Hawthorne finished with seven tackles (five solo).
OLB Parys Haralson posted his first sack of the season in the fourth quarter.
S Kenny Vaccaro had his first interception of the season, a 45-yard return in the fourth quarter.
S Corey White recorded his first career sack in the fourth quarter.
K Shayne Graham made three field goals (27, 48, 36) and now has 257 career field goals, ranked 35th all-time. Graham moved past Kris Brown and Joe Nedney who are tied with 256.