The Detroit News breaks down Monday’s Lions-Saints game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome (8:30 p.m., ESPN/97.1).

Saints to watch

Drew Brees, QB

Brees is 4-1 versus Detroit, including playoffs, and has thrown for at least 342 yards and two touchdowns in each meeting. He has 93 career games with 300 yards passing, tied for most in NFL history, and ranks fourth on the career list with 421 career touchdown passes.

Willie Snead, WR

Snead had seven catches for 122 yards last week against Tampa Bay. Snead, a second-year pro from Muskegon Heights who made his regular-season debut this year, has 52 catches for 798 yards and three touchdowns in 12 games.

Benjamin Watson, TE

Watson has had an inconsistent season, but has shown signs of excellence. He is ranked fourth in the NFC in receiving among tight ends with 61 catches for 712 yards. Watson is an unrestricted free agent after this season, so this could be his last home game for the Saints.


Struggling duo: Lions QB Matt Stafford and WR Calvin Johnson both struggled against St. Louis last week, but don’t put too much blame on them. The offensive line had another bad game, giving Stafford no time to throw and Johnson little time to get open.

Record pace: RB Theo Riddick caught seven passes for 44 yards at St. Louis. Through 13 games, Riddick has tallied 67 receptions for 578 yards and three touchdowns. With 67 catches, Riddick surpassed FB James Jones (63 in 1984) for the most receptions by a Lions running back through 13 games since 1960.

Watch out for... You probably haven’t heard of Delvin Breaux, but you soon will. A first year-pro from the Canadian Football League, the cornerback has been outstanding. According to Pro Football Focus, he has allowed only one catch in the past three weeks. He might be matched against Calvin Johnson on numerous occasions.

Ziggy shines: DE Ziggy Ansah continues to have an all-pro season. He’s tied for second in the NFL in sacks with 13.5, trailing only Oakland’s Khalil Mack, who has 14. Ansah has 29 sacks in 43 career games.

Still perfect: Lions kicker Matt Prater is 17-for-17 on field goals, the only kicker in the NFL with at least 10 attempts who hasn’t missed.

Facts and figures

* Lions QB Matthew Stafford has averaged 362.3 passing yards against the Saints in the past three meetings, and this season the Saints rank third-worst in passing yards allowed.

* Saints WR Marques Colston had two TDs last week, giving him only three this season.

* Saints DE Cameron Jordan has 16 sacks in past 21 games at home.

* For what it’s worth, the New Orleans Times-Picayune played the game on Madden 16 with the Saints winning 24-10.

* The Saints are 21-4 in primetime games since 2006. The have won 16 of their last 17 primetime games.

* Lions special teams coordinator Joe Marciano held the same position in New Orleans from 1986-95. Lions defensive backs/corners coach Tony Oden also spent time in New Orleans as the secondary coach from 2006-11.