New Orleans Saints Week 4 Preview: Detroit Lions

The New Orleans Saints (1-2) travel to Ford Stadium in Detroit to face the Lions (1-2).

The Saints are not going to be able to count on All-Pro receiver Michael Thomas yet, still recovering from an ankle injury suffered in Week 1.

Tight end Jared Cook will also be sidelined on Sunday with a groin injury. The absence of the second-most targeted player by Drew Brees will strike another blow to an offense that has been struggling to relieve the load off of Alvin Kamara, who leads the league in yards from scrimmage (438), while also tallying six touchdowns.

If the injury bug didn’t hit the team enough, the Saints are also going to be without their two starting cornerbacks, Marshon Lattimore (hamstring) and Janoris Jenkins (shoulder). Guard Andrus Peat (ankle) and defensive end Marcus Davenport (elbow/toe) complete the list of sidelined starters.

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At least on paper, the scenario seems a little less dangerous than previous weeks against Tom Brady, Derek Carr and Aaron Rodgers.

With only the 18th-ranked offense, averaging just 364.4 yards per game, the Saints will try to defeat Detroit’s fifth-worst defense in yards per game (409.3), which managed to stack only three sacks in three games, just above the Carolina Panthers (2).

The Saints enter the game trying not to lose their grip on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who lead the NFC South with a 2-1 record. Meanwhile, the Lions have a much worse task, as they sit behind the undefeated Packers and Bears in the NFC North standings.

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