Detroit Lions free agency preview: All eyes on Romeo Okwara when it comes to the defensive line
This is the sixth of an eight-part series previewing the Detroit Lions’ positional needs heading into free agency. For a defense that failed to generate anything resembling consistent pressure or field-flipping plays, Okwara stood out, and then some. Pro Football Focus had Okwara ranked ninth among all edge defenders in terms of pass-rush grade. So if he’s back with us, which we hope we get the chance to get him back, we’re going to have him rushing the quarterback,” new Lions defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn said of Okwara. Todd Wash, the new defensive line coach, spent the previous five seasons as the Jaguars defensive coordinator.mlive.com
Saints' Brees sees playoff clash with Brady's Bucs as fate
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) reacts after a touchdown by Alvin Kamara in the second half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game against the Chicago Bears in New Orleans, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)NEW ORLEANS – Drew Brees periodically discusses his long, extraordinary NFL journey in terms of fate and destiny. “Other than that, there’s not a lot of bad about” the Saints, Brady said. I think the quarterback-receiver relationship is really important.”Still, no defense has had more success against Brady this season than the Saints. The Saints gained 2,265 yards rushing during the regular season and added another 123 yards in their playoff opener against Chicago's formidable front.
Will Lutz makes field goal in OT, Saints beat Bears 26-23
The Bears’ Cairo Santos made a 51-yard field goal at the end of regulation to force the extra period. He came through with his fourth field goal on a windy day, sending the Bears (5-3) to their second straight loss. “My gut, we’re on the field and I feel like we can kick a field goal at that distance without risking any ball-security issues,” Payton said. Marshon Lattimore then intercepted Nick Foles, leading to a tiebreaking field goal by Lutz. After the Saints went three-and-out, Chicago tied it with 13 seconds left on Santos’ field goal into the wind.