What an exciting matchup right? History will be in the making that’s for sure. The New Orleans Saints (11-5) are headed to Seattle to take on the Seahawks (7-9). That’s right, for the first time in NFL history a team with a losing record after a full season of games is hosting a playoff game. The NFC West turned out to be a joke of a division and was decided on the last day of the season.
Keys for the Saints
My only major concern for 2010 champs is having such a weak opponent that they look a head to the divisional round. This is the definition of a trap game. Another thing that could turn into a problem is the fact that the Saints top two running backs are on injured reserve list. Will the Saints having a running game with Reggie Bush and Julius Jones toting the rock? Does it matter? With Drew Brees at the helm the Saints are always in good hands. After another superb season leading the Saints offense, Drew Brees couldn’t have asked for a better matchup. Seattle is 27th in the league against the pass, so I expect Brees to be hitting on all cylinders. As long as Brees takes care of the football and the Saints can pressure whoever the Seahawks decide to start at quarterback, they should be fine.
Keys for the Seahawks
Regardless of who Seattle tabs as the starting quarterback, keeping his jersey clean is priority number one. During last weeks game against the Rams, starting left tackle Russell Okung aggravated his bad ankle again. He is the key to there offensive line and the quarterback’s health. He will be greatly depended on to stop the likes of Will Smith or whoever the Saints send his way. It showed when he had to come out of the game last week for a couple of plays. The line had to shift its blocking more to the left side to overcompensate for Okung’s replacement. The Seahawks need him to play at a high level if they want a chance to put any points up on the board. I also believe Marshawn Lynch will need to have his first 100 yd rushing performance of the season to keep this contest close. Keeping Drew Brees and the Saints offense off the field will be another major factor in this game. If they can do these things I believe they have a chance. Any given Sunday err Saturday right?
I hope I’m wrong, but I think this will be the most lopsided game of the postseason. The Seahawks don’t match up well against New Orleans, and I don’t see the Seattle offense keeping up with Brees and the Saints.
Saints 38- Seahawks 6