The Detroit Lions have chosen BYU Defensive End Ezekiel Ansah as the 5th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.
Apparently finding a complimentary WR for Calvin Johnson or a RB that can last a whole season and be effective wasn’t important enough for them. You have to wonder how Ndamukong Suh will help to develop his new defensive teammate.

The Detroit Lions have chosen BYU Defensive End Ezekiel Ansah as the 5th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.

Apparently finding a complimentary WR for Calvin Johnson or a RB that can last a whole season and be effective wasn’t important enough for them. You have to wonder how Ndamukong Suh will help to develop his new defensive teammate.

After four concussions since his senior year of college, Jahvid Best of the Detroit Lions is unlikely to ever play football again, even though he’s still just 23 years old. He was one of the most dynamic players in the league when he played, but that hasn’t happened since October of 2011. Let’s remember the good times with Jahvid, including this 88-yard TD against the Bears, the second-longest touchdown run in team history.

Tron.
This man has just eclipsed Jerry Rice’s single-season yards receiving record of 1,848. Calvin Johnson. Dude is a freak.

This man has just eclipsed Jerry Rice’s single-season yards receiving record of 1,848. Calvin Johnson. Dude is a freak.

Move over, Leon Lett! You’re off the hook, Phil Luckett! Because the biggest bonehead Thanksgiving move now belongs to Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz, who threw a challenge flag on a controversial Houston touchdown. Only he forgot that all scoring plays are automatically reviewed, so his challenge was illegal, and the Lions were penalized 15 yards. Oh, and the play was ineligible for review, so the touchdown stood.
Schwartz will now be best known for this game and last year’s handshake dust-up with Jim Harbaugh. That confrontation happened after a Detroit touchdown where Harbaugh threw the red flag, and was also penalized. Schwartz laughed and yelled, "Know the rules!", then Harbaugh “accidentally” slapped Schwartz hard on the back after the game. Jim Schwartz forgot the rules at the worst possible time, and Detroit has lost their tenth straight Thanksgiving game.

Move over, Leon Lett! You’re off the hook, Phil Luckett! Because the biggest bonehead Thanksgiving move now belongs to Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz, who threw a challenge flag on a controversial Houston touchdown. Only he forgot that all scoring plays are automatically reviewed, so his challenge was illegal, and the Lions were penalized 15 yards. Oh, and the play was ineligible for review, so the touchdown stood.

Schwartz will now be best known for this game and last year’s handshake dust-up with Jim Harbaugh. That confrontation happened after a Detroit touchdown where Harbaugh threw the red flag, and was also penalized. Schwartz laughed and yelled, "Know the rules!", then Harbaugh “accidentally” slapped Schwartz hard on the back after the game. Jim Schwartz forgot the rules at the worst possible time, and Detroit has lost their tenth straight Thanksgiving game.

Charles Tillman just dominated Calvin Johnson and the Detroit Lions in front of a Monday Night Football audience.
Granted, the Chicago Bears Defense had a hand in it, but the focus here is Tillman.
He shut down Johnson multiple times in the end zone, allowing him to get only 3 catches (out of 11 passes) and a total of 34 yards.
Oh, and just to throw this out there, Megatron has only one touchdown on the year (not thrown by Matthew Stafford).
Madden Curse anyone???
(Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

Charles Tillman just dominated Calvin Johnson and the Detroit Lions in front of a Monday Night Football audience.

Granted, the Chicago Bears Defense had a hand in it, but the focus here is Tillman.

He shut down Johnson multiple times in the end zone, allowing him to get only 3 catches (out of 11 passes) and a total of 34 yards.

Oh, and just to throw this out there, Megatron has only one touchdown on the year (not thrown by Matthew Stafford).

Madden Curse anyone???

(Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

Winners and Losers - Week 3 Sunday edition
Wait, was that Justin Tucker field goal good or what? The refs will review and get back to you tomorrow. 
Can we sum up the NFL so far with this: the Cardinals are 3-0, the Saints are 0-3 and the best team after two weeks in the league lost at Minnesota.
Don’t look now, but we might be in for a fun race in the NFC West. The Cardinals next four games: vs. Miami, at St. Louis, vs. Buffalo, at Minnesota. All winnable games. Looks like that Week 8 Monday Night game between San Francisco and Arizona might be an important one. Who knew.
The best play in the Cardinals-Eagles game was Arizona safety James Sander’s 93 yard fumble return for a touchdown to end the half (reminiscent of what James Harrison did to the Cardinals in the Super Bowl a few years ago). If you missed it, you can watch the video here. My favorite part of it: Larry Fitzgerald sprinting down the sideline as the play unfolded.
Also, before we get to the winners the losers, I just want to send a word of condolence to the family of Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith. Smith’s younger brother Tevin Jones passed away in a car accident late Saturday night. I can’t pretend to know what he’s going through, except to say, it can’t be easy. He played tonight, and went for 127 yards, two touchdowns, and one sweet victory.
If this made Smith’s day any better, even for a few hours, then it was all well worth it regardless of what the result was on the field. I hope tomorrow will be a better day for him.
Onto the rest:
Winners
Mayhem in Tennessee - Sunday was a throwback day in Tennessee. Tommie Campbell’s punt return touchdown brought back memories of the Music City Miracle, and the game ended up going to overtime on a crazy sequence of events to end regulation that culminated in a Hail Mary touchdown for the visiting Lions with no time left on the clock. But the Titans would win on a controversial fourth down call by Jim Schwartz — who said after the game that they weren’t suppose to snap the ball on the play. A team coming up a yard short to end the game? It’s an ending Titans fans are familiar with and happy to be on the other side of it this time.
Jamaal Charles - 233 yards rushing, 55 yards receiving and a touchdown for Kansas City. A week ago, many wondered about whether he was fully recovered from last year’s knee injury, turns out all you need to do is go up against the New Orleans defense and all is cured.
Adrian Peterson - His stats on Sunday against the 49ers didn’t stand out, but watching him run into that San Francisco defense and be the last one standing on most of the running plays was great to see. Still a bit amazed at how quickly he’s recovered from his injury, maybe Peterson is a superhero.
Mohamed Sanu to A.J. Green - A thing of beauty.
Ray Lewis: A Football Life - Do yourself a favor and watch this on NFL Network. Made me want to drive to Pittsburgh just to get a W!!!!!!!!!!!!
Mikel Leshoure - 26 carries, 100 yards, 1 touchdown. I’m just including this in here because I have him on my fantasy team. Carry on.
The Falcons - The division is theirs to take, but you get the feeling nothing they do in the regular season will matter. Not with Matt Ryan still without a playoff win on his resume and that turd they dropped against the Giants in the post-season last year. Seriously, they literally dropped a deuce. I’m going to stop now.
Losers
Replacement refs, again - I’m sick of 20 minute replay reviews, and just a sense that the players are under the impression that they can do whatever they want on the field without the consequences of being policed. Also, in the Vikings-49ers game, Jim Harbaugh was awarded an extra challenge on a Toby Gerhart fumble even though he had no timeouts left, which he won. That wasn’t the most ridiculous part of it. Somehow Harbaugh got another timeout added back for his team, and used it to challenge another Gerhart fumble before the two minute warning in the fourth. It was a standard fumble and recovery by Gerhart. But you know why Harbaugh even bothered to challenge? Because there’s actually a chance that the replacement refs could blow the call and reverse it in his favor. The refs are now being exploited by players and coaches for their own advantage as they see fit. I’m just going to keep complaining until the real zebras come back.
The Saints - Stat alert: Saints are the eighth team to start 0-3 after winning 13 or more games the previous season. They’re starting to remind me a lot of the last team in this group: the 2009 Titans, who started 0-6 before making a frantic run for a playoff spot, finishing short at 8-8. Although, three weeks in, they’re three games back of the division leading Falcons. Looks like another season without a home team playing in the Super Bowl.
Peyton and the Broncos - It’s entirely possible that they were beat on their home field by the best team in the AFC. I still can’t believe the Texans are competent, and wait for it: trustworthy to win games they’re supposed to. Still wrapping my head around this. Regardless, the Broncos are in a division where they can afford to work their way through a slump. I think eight or nine wins will be enough in the West. Don’t count the Broncos out just yet, but expectations have been lowered after their last two outings.
Randy Moss - For some reason, I thought Randy Moss would be a different teammate in San Francisco. I don’t know if it’s the simple fact that I assumed age and a year away from the game meant that Moss would mature. But there he was on Sunday, sulking on the sidelines and benched in the fourth quarter. After the game, he was asked about playing time and simply said: “Next question”. I still like this 49ers team a lot, but not sure if it’s worth it to deal with Moss if he’s going to start spreading that negativity in the locker room.
Chris Johnson - He now has 45 yards rushing on the season. How bad is that? There’s six teams with single rushing plays greater than 45 yards so far this season.
Sanchez to Tebow - Not exactly a thing of beauty.
@steven_lebron

Winners and Losers - Week 3 Sunday edition

Wait, was that Justin Tucker field goal good or what? The refs will review and get back to you tomorrow.

Can we sum up the NFL so far with this: the Cardinals are 3-0, the Saints are 0-3 and the best team after two weeks in the league lost at Minnesota.

Don’t look now, but we might be in for a fun race in the NFC West. The Cardinals next four games: vs. Miami, at St. Louis, vs. Buffalo, at Minnesota. All winnable games. Looks like that Week 8 Monday Night game between San Francisco and Arizona might be an important one. Who knew.

The best play in the Cardinals-Eagles game was Arizona safety James Sander’s 93 yard fumble return for a touchdown to end the half (reminiscent of what James Harrison did to the Cardinals in the Super Bowl a few years ago). If you missed it, you can watch the video here. My favorite part of it: Larry Fitzgerald sprinting down the sideline as the play unfolded.

Also, before we get to the winners the losers, I just want to send a word of condolence to the family of Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith. Smith’s younger brother Tevin Jones passed away in a car accident late Saturday night. I can’t pretend to know what he’s going through, except to say, it can’t be easy. He played tonight, and went for 127 yards, two touchdowns, and one sweet victory.

If this made Smith’s day any better, even for a few hours, then it was all well worth it regardless of what the result was on the field. I hope tomorrow will be a better day for him.

Onto the rest:

Winners

Mayhem in Tennessee - Sunday was a throwback day in Tennessee. Tommie Campbell’s punt return touchdown brought back memories of the Music City Miracle, and the game ended up going to overtime on a crazy sequence of events to end regulation that culminated in a Hail Mary touchdown for the visiting Lions with no time left on the clock. But the Titans would win on a controversial fourth down call by Jim Schwartz — who said after the game that they weren’t suppose to snap the ball on the play. A team coming up a yard short to end the game? It’s an ending Titans fans are familiar with and happy to be on the other side of it this time.

Jamaal Charles - 233 yards rushing, 55 yards receiving and a touchdown for Kansas City. A week ago, many wondered about whether he was fully recovered from last year’s knee injury, turns out all you need to do is go up against the New Orleans defense and all is cured.

Adrian Peterson - His stats on Sunday against the 49ers didn’t stand out, but watching him run into that San Francisco defense and be the last one standing on most of the running plays was great to see. Still a bit amazed at how quickly he’s recovered from his injury, maybe Peterson is a superhero.

Mohamed Sanu to A.J. Green - A thing of beauty.

Ray Lewis: A Football Life - Do yourself a favor and watch this on NFL Network. Made me want to drive to Pittsburgh just to get a W!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mikel Leshoure - 26 carries, 100 yards, 1 touchdown. I’m just including this in here because I have him on my fantasy team. Carry on.

The Falcons - The division is theirs to take, but you get the feeling nothing they do in the regular season will matter. Not with Matt Ryan still without a playoff win on his resume and that turd they dropped against the Giants in the post-season last year. Seriously, they literally dropped a deuce. I’m going to stop now.

Losers

Replacement refs, again - I’m sick of 20 minute replay reviews, and just a sense that the players are under the impression that they can do whatever they want on the field without the consequences of being policed. Also, in the Vikings-49ers game, Jim Harbaugh was awarded an extra challenge on a Toby Gerhart fumble even though he had no timeouts left, which he won. That wasn’t the most ridiculous part of it. Somehow Harbaugh got another timeout added back for his team, and used it to challenge another Gerhart fumble before the two minute warning in the fourth. It was a standard fumble and recovery by Gerhart. But you know why Harbaugh even bothered to challenge? Because there’s actually a chance that the replacement refs could blow the call and reverse it in his favor. The refs are now being exploited by players and coaches for their own advantage as they see fit. I’m just going to keep complaining until the real zebras come back.

The Saints - Stat alert: Saints are the eighth team to start 0-3 after winning 13 or more games the previous season. They’re starting to remind me a lot of the last team in this group: the 2009 Titans, who started 0-6 before making a frantic run for a playoff spot, finishing short at 8-8. Although, three weeks in, they’re three games back of the division leading Falcons. Looks like another season without a home team playing in the Super Bowl.

Peyton and the Broncos - It’s entirely possible that they were beat on their home field by the best team in the AFC. I still can’t believe the Texans are competent, and wait for it: trustworthy to win games they’re supposed to. Still wrapping my head around this. Regardless, the Broncos are in a division where they can afford to work their way through a slump. I think eight or nine wins will be enough in the West. Don’t count the Broncos out just yet, but expectations have been lowered after their last two outings.

Randy Moss - For some reason, I thought Randy Moss would be a different teammate in San Francisco. I don’t know if it’s the simple fact that I assumed age and a year away from the game meant that Moss would mature. But there he was on Sunday, sulking on the sidelines and benched in the fourth quarter. After the game, he was asked about playing time and simply said: “Next question”. I still like this 49ers team a lot, but not sure if it’s worth it to deal with Moss if he’s going to start spreading that negativity in the locker room.

Chris Johnson - He now has 45 yards rushing on the season. How bad is that? There’s six teams with single rushing plays greater than 45 yards so far this season.

Sanchez to Tebow - Not exactly a thing of beauty.

@steven_lebron

We’ve been waiting all off season to break out our air brushed Matt Stafford shirts.  It’s good to be back.
Happy Football Day.

We’ve been waiting all off season to break out our air brushed Matt Stafford shirts.  It’s good to be back.

Happy Football Day.

And with the 23rd pick in the 2012 NFL Draft the Detroit Lions select RILEY REIFF.
Riley Reiff, wasn’t he the guy who led police on a half-naked chase through Iowa City? And didn’t that happen before he was even a student there. Yeah, that should be a good pick. But in all seriousnes he is suppsed the be an NFL ready talent who can play on either side.

And with the 23rd pick in the 2012 NFL Draft the Detroit Lions select RILEY REIFF.

Riley Reiff, wasn’t he the guy who led police on a half-naked chase through Iowa City? And didn’t that happen before he was even a student there. Yeah, that should be a good pick. But in all seriousnes he is suppsed the be an NFL ready talent who can play on either side.

You are now looking at the highest paid player in the National Football League.
8 years. $132 Million. ($60 Mill Guaranteed)
Megatron indeed.

You are now looking at the highest paid player in the National Football League.

8 years. $132 Million. ($60 Mill Guaranteed)

Megatron indeed.

Winners and Losers…Wild Card Weekend Edition
Each week throughout the playoffs, we’ll be recapping winners and losers from the week’s action. Let’s get right into it:
Winners
Houston Texans fans: Can’t help but feel happy for the fan base. They lost their football team in the 90s when they moved to Tennessee, welcomed an expansion team back to the city about a decade ago, then watched the team become one of the most notoriously underachieving squads in football. Their chance at a division title opened up this year thanks to a particular neck injury to another quarterback. And they seized upon it. Injuries along the way have derailed realistic chances at a Super Bowl. But their home win over the Bengals this weekend was a huge stepping stone for the franchise. The Houston Texans. Finally relevant. 
Cincinnati Bengals: Yes, that was a disappointing playoff loss and debut for Andy Dalton and A.J. Green, and it leaves Marvin Lewis still winless in the post-season. But the future is bright for this team. With two first round picks in the upcoming draft, the Bengals might be competitive again in 2012. The Steelers and Ravens should get a handful from this team in the coming years.
Sean Payton: Everyone likes to say that the New Orleans head coach is fearless for his repeated decisions to go for it on fourth down. To me, he’s just maximizing the potential of his personnel. Taking risks is one thing, taking risks that makes sense is another. Ask Falcons head coach Mike Smith about that one. The Saints offense didn’t get going until the second half, their receivers were uncharacteristically shaky with a lot of drops, and they still set an NFL playoff record for total yards in a game. That’s got to be a disturbing thought for the rest of the playoff field.
Matt Flynn: Still the most sought after quarterback in free agency this off-season. No one displaced him this week. That makes him a winner.
Josh McDaniels: If you haven’t heard, McDaniels is back with the Patriots as an offensive assistant for the remainder of the playoffs, with the understanding that he will be their offensive coordinator next year when current coordinator Bill O’Brien takes the head coaching reigns at Penn State. McDaniels had a trying year in St. Louis, and now gets reunited with the Brady bunch. Funny that he will face the quarterback he drafted a few years ago in Denver, Tim Tebow, on Sunday. Not sure what it means, but that’s one more storyline to keep an eye on.
Tim Tebow: You know, ever since Tebow was put into the starting line-up, everything that he’s succeeded at has been taken with a grain of salt. There was an underlying assumption that he was doing things that didn’t make sense, that this couldn’t last, it felt more like satire than a real inspirational story. But that was a legitimate win over the top ranked defense in the league on Sunday. The Broncos didn’t win in spite of Tebow, they won because of him. You can talk about his throwing motion, you can break down the numbers, you can say it doesn’t make sense. But it might be time to consider the Tim Tebow story as legitimate.
Losers
Atlanta Falcons: On a day when they dropped a turd, it made sense that they’d end up with a deuce on the scoreboard. Still winless in the playoffs in the Matt Ryan era, and there has to be questions surrounding head coach Mike Smith.
Dick LeBeau: Another side-effect of Tebow. When he tears your defense up, you will be questioned and scruntinized because it’s never suppose to happen.
Phil Simms: Paraphrasing what I heard while he was commentating the Steelers-Broncos game: “For it to be a forward pass, it has to go forward.”
The referee doing the overtime coin toss in Denver: It seemed like he forgot his cheat sheet while explaining the new overtime rules. Thankfully, Tebow saved the officiating crew from any misinterpretation of the rules in overtime.
John Elway: Just because from now on, when they talk about “The Drive”, they will also mention “The Overtime Pass” by Tebow. The two of you are stuck together forever.
Fans: Just seven more football games left until the off-season. 
- @steven_lebron

Winners and Losers…Wild Card Weekend Edition

Each week throughout the playoffs, we’ll be recapping winners and losers from the week’s action. Let’s get right into it:

Winners

Houston Texans fans: Can’t help but feel happy for the fan base. They lost their football team in the 90s when they moved to Tennessee, welcomed an expansion team back to the city about a decade ago, then watched the team become one of the most notoriously underachieving squads in football. Their chance at a division title opened up this year thanks to a particular neck injury to another quarterback. And they seized upon it. Injuries along the way have derailed realistic chances at a Super Bowl. But their home win over the Bengals this weekend was a huge stepping stone for the franchise. The Houston Texans. Finally relevant.

Cincinnati Bengals: Yes, that was a disappointing playoff loss and debut for Andy Dalton and A.J. Green, and it leaves Marvin Lewis still winless in the post-season. But the future is bright for this team. With two first round picks in the upcoming draft, the Bengals might be competitive again in 2012. The Steelers and Ravens should get a handful from this team in the coming years.

Sean Payton: Everyone likes to say that the New Orleans head coach is fearless for his repeated decisions to go for it on fourth down. To me, he’s just maximizing the potential of his personnel. Taking risks is one thing, taking risks that makes sense is another. Ask Falcons head coach Mike Smith about that one. The Saints offense didn’t get going until the second half, their receivers were uncharacteristically shaky with a lot of drops, and they still set an NFL playoff record for total yards in a game. That’s got to be a disturbing thought for the rest of the playoff field.

Matt Flynn: Still the most sought after quarterback in free agency this off-season. No one displaced him this week. That makes him a winner.

Josh McDaniels: If you haven’t heard, McDaniels is back with the Patriots as an offensive assistant for the remainder of the playoffs, with the understanding that he will be their offensive coordinator next year when current coordinator Bill O’Brien takes the head coaching reigns at Penn State. McDaniels had a trying year in St. Louis, and now gets reunited with the Brady bunch. Funny that he will face the quarterback he drafted a few years ago in Denver, Tim Tebow, on Sunday. Not sure what it means, but that’s one more storyline to keep an eye on.

Tim Tebow: You know, ever since Tebow was put into the starting line-up, everything that he’s succeeded at has been taken with a grain of salt. There was an underlying assumption that he was doing things that didn’t make sense, that this couldn’t last, it felt more like satire than a real inspirational story. But that was a legitimate win over the top ranked defense in the league on Sunday. The Broncos didn’t win in spite of Tebow, they won because of him. You can talk about his throwing motion, you can break down the numbers, you can say it doesn’t make sense. But it might be time to consider the Tim Tebow story as legitimate.

Losers

Atlanta Falcons: On a day when they dropped a turd, it made sense that they’d end up with a deuce on the scoreboard. Still winless in the playoffs in the Matt Ryan era, and there has to be questions surrounding head coach Mike Smith.

Dick LeBeau: Another side-effect of Tebow. When he tears your defense up, you will be questioned and scruntinized because it’s never suppose to happen.

Phil Simms: Paraphrasing what I heard while he was commentating the Steelers-Broncos game: “For it to be a forward pass, it has to go forward.”

The referee doing the overtime coin toss in Denver: It seemed like he forgot his cheat sheet while explaining the new overtime rules. Thankfully, Tebow saved the officiating crew from any misinterpretation of the rules in overtime.

John Elway: Just because from now on, when they talk about “The Drive”, they will also mention “The Overtime Pass” by Tebow. The two of you are stuck together forever.

Fans: Just seven more football games left until the off-season.

 

- @steven_lebron

Behind The Inside Of The Numbers: Detroit at New Orleans

Detroit leaves their dome for less friendlier indoor confines in New Orleans in a matchup of two 5,000-yard passers. How do we decide between such high-powered offenses? Time to go Behind The Inside Of The Numbers!

Worst failure by trusted leadership

New Orleans: President Bush was president of the United States from 2001-2008. In 2005, Bush stayed on vacation while Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, the levees broke, and flooding devastated the city of New Orleans. Later, while relief efforts broke down, he claimed his beleaguered FEMA head was doing a “heckuva job.”

Detroit: Matt Millen was team president of the Lions from 2001-2008.

ADVANTAGE: Detroit. At least President Bush didn’t draft a wide receiver in the first round three years in a row.

Mayor’s Bet

What would the mayors of these cities stake on the outcome of this battle? Here’s our best guess.

Detroit: An abandoned house, a carton of Jim Leyland’s cigarettes, Kid Rock’s leftover hepatitis C medication, a game-worn Richard Hamilton face mask, and a Lincoln Blackwood.

New Orleans: 35 strands of beads, a 96-ounce alcoholic fruit drink, a Big Star box set,  and a bullet fragment that was once lodged in Andrew Jackson’s chest.

ADVANTAGE: New Orleans.

Most Dickensian Player Names

Detroit: Gosder Cherilus, Johnny Culbreath, Nick Fairley, Kyle Vanden Bosch

New Orleans: Drew Brees, Jermon Bushrod, Chase Daniel, Chris Ivory, Turk McBride, Pat McQuistan, Thomas Morstead.

While Kyle Vanden Bosch sounds like an orphan who’s secretly heir to a fortune, and Gosder Cherilus his evil guardian, the sheer number of Dickensian Saints names tips the balance in their favor - and that’s without considering ethnic-but-still-Dickensian names like Brian De La Puente and Isa Abdul-Quddus. ADVANTAGE: New Orleans.

Famous Fans

Detroit: Bob Seger, Lou Whitaker, Mayor Dave Bing, Don Cheadle’s character from “Out Of Sight,” Eminem’s #1 fan, Stan, Megatron the Transformer, Starscream the Transformer, Dido.

New Orleans: Nicolas Cage, Dr. John, the Neville Brothers, the Neville Sisters, Sean Penn in a rowboat holding a shotgun, anyone with a facial birthmark, Blanche Dubois, Emeka Okafor.

ADVANTAGE: Detroit.

The tiebreaker comes down to:

Mascots

Detroit: Roary the Lion.

New Orleans: (two) Gumbo the Dog (he’s a SAINT Bernard) and Sir Saint.

Sir Saint is a nobleman AND a man of the church, which would have made him incredibly powerful in medieval times. Whether New Orleans is praying for a missed field goal on the sidelines or simply trying to negotiate the salary cap, Sir Saint is quite an asset. Gumbo used to be an actual dog dressed up in a Saints jersey on the sidelines, and what’s cuter than that? Meanwhile, poor Roary doesn’t even have a Wikipedia page.

ADVANTAGE: New Orleans.

So there you have it. In a close battle, the Saints edge out the Lions. While the Saints may come stumbling in, rather than marching, our calculations indicate the Superdome should be ringing out with “Who Dat?” in a few hours.

(Sean Keane)