Saturday 4:35 PM ET FOX
Seahawks (13-3) Saints (11-5)
NFL REGULAR SEASON RANKINGS
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