Friday, January 10, 2014

Divisional Round Picks: Seahawks v Saints

Saturday 4:35 PM ET FOX

Seahawks (13-3) Saints (11-5)



Total Offense-           Saints: 4th    Seahawks : 17th

Passing-                   Saints: 2nd     Seahawks : 24th

Rushing-                  Saints: 25th    Seahawks: 4th  

Total Defense-         Saints: 4th     Seahawks : 1st  

Pass Defense-         Saints: 2nd     Seahawks : 1st  

Rush Defense-        Saints: 19th    Seahawks : 7th

I’m not big on stats because if there is even a 1% percent chance that something can happen then it may happen…BUT here's a stat to believe in...teams that lost a regular season game by 27+ points and played that same team on the road in the postseason are 2-9. The Seahawks’ handed the Saints a 34-7 beat down in Week 13. The Seahawks have won five consecutive postseason home games -- tied for the longest active streak (tied with the Saints!).

However, this game won’t be like the Week 13 game. This game will be more balanced and a game of strength versus strength.. The Seahawks “Legion of Boom” versus the Saints explosive offensive attack.

Where the Seahawks win this game, however, is by rattling Saints quarterback Drew Brees as they did in their last matchup, when they racked up six QB hits and a sack.

The Seahawks have allowed 13 points per game at home this season, the best in the NFL. That includes just seven points from the Saints in Week 13. Can New Orleans do better this time around? I say YES! This could be the upset of the week. I wouldn’t be surprised. However, the Seahawks still have more talent and depth than the New Orleans Saints. So while it will be a closer game, Seattle still wins. (and I will probably make sure all my Saints fan friends know about it via Facebook :-) )

Pick: Seattle Seahawks

Confidence: 3

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