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Week 6 opponent: What the Saints are saying

Posted Oct 11, 2017

Find out what the New Orleans Saints are saying as they prepare for their Week 6 matchup vs. the Lions.

Every week during the regular season, the opposing head coach speaks to the Detroit media via conference call. This week it was Saints head coach Sean Payton.

So, what did Payton have to say about Sunday's matchup?

1. Payton didn’t mince words when asked Wednesday to give his insight to Saints writers on why the Lions have beaten his team in each of the last three years. Payton started rolling out statistic after statistic.

“In those three games, 63 points, Saints, 87 Detroit,” he said. “In those three games, we converted 35% on third down. They converted 46%. In those three games we’ve rushed for 192, they’ve rushed for 294. In those three games, five turnovers, Saints (and) three for the Lions. QB hurries, New Orleans hurried their quarterback or hit or sacked their quarterback 27 times. Detroit hit, hurried or sacked Drew (Brees) 42 times.”

2. The Saints traded running back Adrian Peterson to Arizona this week. The reality of the situation in New Orleans is that rookie running back Alvin Kamara has emerged as a versatile threat in the Saints' offense, which made Peterson expendable. Payton called Kamara a smart and versatile player that adds a different dimension to the Saints' offense.

3. Detroit Lions head coach Jim Caldwell and defensive coordinator Teryl Austin made creating more turnovers a big point of emphasis this offseason. It’s worked so far, as Detroit is third in the NFL with 11 takeaways. In New Orleans, Payton said they put an emphasis on ball security and limiting turnovers this offseason. The Saints are the only team in the league without a turnover so far this year.

4. When asked about Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, Payton said the three things that make him tough to play against are his quick decision making, his accuracy and his quick throwing stroke. In the last three games vs. New Orleans -- all wins for Detroit -- Stafford has completed 74 percent of his passes for 894 yards with seven touchdowns and two picks.

5. Consider Payton a Glover Quin fan. Payton said it’s hard to put a measure on how important instincts are for a safety, but when you add them to Quin’s superior ball skills, Payton said the end result is a terrific player. Don’t forget it was a Quin interception that iced the win for Detroit back in 2015 against New Orleans.

6. Brees and Payton have been together for 12 seasons now. When asked about Brees at age 38 vs. the Brees of 10 years ago, Payton had a great line. “I don’t see age until I see his kids.”