After trailing by two touchdowns, and throwing an interception, Drew Brees and the Saints rallied to score 35 unanswered points, taking the lead for good in the second quarter.
One of the issues the team needed to address was to compensate the absence of last year’s receiving leader Michael Thomas.
Sean Payton was finally able to get Emmanuel Sanders involved in the game plan. Sanders led the team with six receptions for 93 yards, a much-needed aid for Alvin Kamara, who carried the load in receptions and rushing yards in the previous two games.
Latavius Murray also contributed hugely in red zone duties, scoring two touchdowns.
The Saints tallied 392 net yards on offense, but hope to get better production from the receiving corps, as the longest reception reached only 29 yards.
The defense also bounced back from previous showings, allowing only 281 yards, including just 90 rushing yards.
The Saints improved their record to 2-2, still trailing the Buccaneers in the NFC South. On the other hand, the Lions drop to 1-3 and are now in a much direr situation, in danger of losing ground in the race for the NFC North title.