Monday night matches a pair of teams who got off to slow starts and never recovered.
After going 11 and five last season with a wild card loss to Dallas in the playoffs, the Lions dropped their first five games this season and have never gotten back to .500.
The Saints dropped their first three and got to .500 for all of one week. It will take a season-ending four-game winning streak to close the season at that break-even point.
The four and nine Lions are assured of their 13th losing season in their past 15 with the possibility that head coach Jim caldwell could be swept out after just two seasons in a wholesale house-cleaning.
A lethargic 21-14 loss at St. Louis last week insured the Lions' fate and perhaps Caldwell's.
No team in the NFL checks down to their running backs in the passing game more than the Lions, which contributed to Calvin Johnson catching one ball last week for 16 yards.
The Lions are saddled with the worst running offense in the league; the saints with the worst running defense. New Orleans hopes to show continued improvement on defense in Dennis Allen's fourth game as its coordinator.
Last week against Tampa Bay the Saints limited Jameis Winston to a season-low 182 yards passing, while allowing less than 300 yards in total offense and less than 20 points for the first time this season.
Anomaly or not? We'll find out Monday night.
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