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Saints must work on fixing the defense before facing the Lions
Saints must work on fixing the defense before facing the Lions

There were no punts by the New Orleans Saints, but there was a swift kick on their way out of Detroit. The year was 2008, and the Lions were one loss away from the inevitable — the only 0-16 season in NFL history. The Saints had just humiliated them, 42-7, a game in which New Orleans never punted. Still, Coach Sean Payton awarded punter Glenn Pakulak a game ball. There was a hint of legitimacy buried in the hubris; Pakulak was from the Detroit area. But it was also a playful parting shot by a team that was 11 of 11 on third down before taking a clock-killing knee in the fourth quarter. Six years later, the situation is strikingly different for the Saints and Lions, who will...

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