TE Richard Quinn - New Orleans Saints
|6-4, 264||Born: 9-6-1986||College: North Carolina||Drafted: Round 2|
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Week 7: at Detroit Lions
Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. The Saints will likely do without star tight end Jimmy Graham this week - he exited their Week 5 game due to a shoulder sprain and is said to be out for 2-3 more week as of October 12. Fortunately for the Saints, they have capable backups in Ben Watson (12 targets for 9/64/0 receiving) and Josh Hill (eight targets for 7/112/1 receiving this season) - Brees will still have viable options playing at tight end in Detroit this weekend.
Before the bye week, Brees threw an astronomical 57 passes vs. Tampa Bay (35/57 for 371 yards passing, two TDs and three interceptions thrown, with zero sacks taken that day) on the way to an OT win. Pierre Thomas (10 targets for 8/77/1 receiving) and Travaris Cadet (five for 3/19/1) handled the TDs for Brees that day, while Marques Colston (six for 5/63/0), Brandin Cooks (12 for 9/56/0), Josh Hill (three for 3/53/0) and Ben Watson (seven for 5/43/0) kept the chains moving.
Detroit boasts the league's top-ranked pass D this season, with an average of 197.2 net passing yards allowed per game, with five passing TDs given out vs. seven interceptions (tied for fifth in the NFL) and a league-best 20 sacks to date. However, New Orleans is third in the NFL with just five sacks allowed - it isn't easy to bring down Brees. Teddy Bridgewater had a miserable day last week (23/37 for 143 net yards passing, zero TDs with three interceptions thrown, and eight sacks taken for -45 yards), but Brees is far higher up the pro-quarterback curve than Bridgewater.
Two teams with strength in this phase of the game clash in Ford Field this week - we give the home team a slight edge in this phase, but realize that Brees is always a threat to have a big game no matter his opponent.
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