Saturday, September 12, 2009

Saints Nation: The season starts tomorrow, time to look out for Calvin Johnson

Take the Cardinals' run to the SuperBowl last year riding on the back of Larry Fitzgerald as evidence: a superstar receiver can carry a team with a mediocre defense and an anemic running game to unlikely wins. While the Saints enter tomorrow's game overwhelming favorites to start the year 1-0, the Lions can still be dangerous and should not be taken lightly. Calvin Johnson is quickly proving his worth, and given the Saints recent history of atrocious pass defense, the Saints may not have as easy of a time as some of us may think. The Saints ability to limit his production will go a very long way in securing a win. The 17 game losing streak the Lions own going into this game should be disregarded, because the roster overhaul that team witnessed in the offseason yielded a very different squad. Who knows what Matt Stafford will look like in his debut as a quarterback, but he was picked 1st overall for a reason. If the Saints want to win this game, slowing down Calvin Johnson and creating turnovers will be paramount.