New Orleans opens season with 45-27 win over Detroit

Michael Tortorich

NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees threw six touchdown passes in the season-opening 45-27 win over the Detroit Lions in the Louisiana Superdome Sunday.

In the most lopsided opening-day victory in team history, the Saints compiled 515 yards of offense.The Saints never trailed in the game after jumping out to a 14-0 lead by scoring touchdowns on their first two possessions.

Brees finished with 358 passing yards, hitting on 26-of-34 passes, and one interception.

"I thought he was outstanding today. Outstanding," Saints coach Sean Payton said of the quarterback.

Former LSU standout Devery Henderson led the Saints in receiving with five catches for 103 yards and a touchdown.

Robert Meachem, Marques Colston and Heath Evans also each had touchdown receptions.

Running back Mike Bell carried the bulk of the rushing duties with Pierre Thomas sidelined. Bell tallied 143 rushing yards on 28 carries.

Kicker John Carney hit a 39-yard field goal to round out the scoring for the Saints. Carney had another of his attempts blocked.

The Saints defense intercepted Lions rookie quarterback Matthew Stafford three times in his NFL debut. Darren Sharper picked off two passes, while Scott Shanle hauled in one late in the game.

The Saints held the Lions to 231 total yards. The Lions averaged 1.6 yards per run, totaling just 33 yards.

New Orleans will play at Philadelphia next Sunday at noon. The game begins a two-week road trip for the Saints, as they will travel to Buffalo the following week. New Orleans returns home Oct. 4 to host the New York Jets.