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                    <span>                      <span style="text-decoration: underline;">NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (7-7) AT DETROIT LIONS (0-14)</span>               </span>                   
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            <span style="">SERIES LEADER:</span> The Detroit Lions lead the all-time series between the two franchises, 9-8-1.  

STREAKS: The Lions have won the last three meetings in the series.

COACHES VS. OPP.: Neither Sean Payton nor Rob Marinelli have coached against this week's opposing team.

LAST WEEK: The Saints fell 27-24 at Chicago and the Lions were defeated in Indianapolis by the Colts, 31-21.

LAST GAME: 9/29/02: Lions 26, Saints 21. Detroit QB Joey Harrington passes for 267 yards & 1 TD. Lions withstand New Orleans rally after building 20-point lead late in 2nd quarter.

BROADCAST: FOX (1:00 PM): Ron Pitts, Tony Boselli, Charissa Thompson (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 123 (NO), 108 (Det.). XM: 107 (Det.). SAINTS RADIO NETWORK WWL (870 AM Flagship): Jim Henderson, Hokie Gajan, Gus Kattengill. Saints Spanish Radio: WFNO (830 AM) is the Spanish-language affiliate of the Saints. Marco Garcia and Hector Pineda will call the action.


SAINTS: Lead NFL in total offense (401.6 yards per game)…Since joining Saints in 2006, QB DREW BREES has passed for 13,173 yards, most in NFL. Leads NFL with 4,332 yards & has 8 300-yard games. In starts with 10 att., when Brees has 100.0 rating, his teams are 28-5 (.848). Needs 92 yards for new career high (4,423 in 2007)…RB PIERRE THOMAS aims for 6th in row with TD. Has 8 TDs in past 5 (5 rush, 3 rec.). In past 5, Thomas has 574 scrimmage yards (114.8 per game)…WR MARQUES COLSTON had 6 catches for 84 yards & 1 TD last week. Averaging 17.4 yards per catch (31 catches, 538 yards). WR LANCE MOORE has 6 TDs in past 7. Has career-high 67 catches, 801 yards & 8 TDs…LB SCOTT FUJITA had INT last week. LB JONATHAN VILMA had FR that set up TD last week. CB JASON DAVID has 3 INTs in past 4. Rookie DT SEDRICK ELLIS had sack last week & has 2.0 sacks in past 4. S JOSH BULLOCKS had INT last week.

LIONS: QB DAUNTE CULPEPPER is 4-1 (.800) in career vs. NO (incl. playoffs) & has completed 113 of 167 (67.7 pct.) for 1,671 yards with 15 TDs vs. 3 INTs for 122.6 rating. Incl. playoffs, when Culpepper has 120.0 rating, his teams are 18-3 (.857). QB DAN ORLOVSKY had 96.8 rating last week…Rookie RB KEVIN SMITH leads team with 773 rush yards & 6 rush TDs. Is 1 of 4 rookies to lead club in both rushing & rush TDs. Can become 6th rookie in franchise history to lead club in both…WR CALVIN JOHNSON has TD in 8 of past 10. Leads club with 65 receptions, 1,165 yards (17.9 avg.) & 10 TDs. Aims to join HERMAN MOORE (1995) as only Lions to record 70 catches, 1,200 yards & 10 TDs in season. Ties for 1st with 7 catches of 40 yards…Rookie DE CLIFF AVRIL has 3.0 sacks, 2 FFs & 1 FR in past 4. Ties for NFC rookie lead with 4.0 sacks…K JASON HANSON is 8 of 8 from 50 yards this year, tied for most 50 yard FGs in season in NFL history & only player to make 6 without miss. Has 41 career FGs of 50 yards, most in NFL history.

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