The Lions are now tied for the third-longest losing streak in NFL history after falling to the Saints 45-27.
Said Lions QB Matthew Stafford when asked if his confidence was shaken by a three interception debut, “No. I’m fine. Obviously don’t like to lose. Nobody does. Wished I could
have played better. But got to learn from it and try to take it into
next week and make better on it.”
Lions S Louis Delmas had a more memorable debut than Stafford thanks to a 65-yard fumble return for a touchdown in the third quarter.
An attempt to emphasize the running game flopped as the Lions finished with 33 yards on 20 carries.
The Lions got a couple of big kick returns from Dennis Northcutt and Aaron Brown, but struggled in kick coverage themselves.
TE Jeremy Shockey scored his first two touchdowns as a member of the Saints.
Said Saints WR Lance Moore of QB Drew Brees shredding the Lions defense, “It’s almost to the point where he doesn’t even amaze me any more. You just kind of expect greatness.”
Saints RB Mike Bell’s 143-yard effort was marred by the fumble Delmas returned for a touchdown, but he’s likely to keep seeing time even when Pierre Thomas returns from injury.
S Darren Sharper upped his career interception total to 56 with two picks in his Saints debut.
While much went right for the Saints on Sunday, coach Sean Payton said he was frustrated by miscues in all phases of the game.