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Seahawks vs. Saints: 7-Point Wild Card Preview

Posted on: January 6, 2011 10:28 am
Edited on: January 7, 2011 11:11 am
 
Posted by Andy Benoit



CBSSports.com's patented and award-winning 7-point playoff preview gets you ready for each and every playoff game. And as an added bonus, check out our playoff podcast preview:



1. New Orleans Saints (No. 5, NFC, 11-5) @ Seattle Seahawks (No. 4, NFC, 7-9)

The 2010 Saints essentially became the first wild card team in history to get a bye when they drew the matchup against the hapless/fruitless/pathetic/laughabl
e/embarrassing NFC West Champion Seahawks. Seattle can obviously play the “nobody believes in us card”. It’s not even a card to play – it’s more just a fact. But it doesn’t matter because nobody believes in their ability to play the “nobody believes in us card” anyway. And nobody cares if the Seahawks have a chip on their shoulder or something to prove or are out for respect or whatever it is bad teams say before big games. So you say nobody thinks you deserve to be here, Seattle? You’re correct. And all the nobodies are correct, too.

2. PLAYOFFS?! Watchability Ranking (On a scale of 5 'Jim Mora Faces')





3. Key Matchup to Watch: Drew Brees & Sean Payton vs. Seahawks D

It’s simple, really: the Seahawks don’t have the firepower to keep up with the Saints. Which is why you can expect the Saints to look to establish a big lead early. Obviously any team would like to establish a big lead early. The difference with New Orleans is that they have a coach who is willing and knows how to do it. The Saints are arguably the best play-scripting team in football. Don’t be surprised if you see 15 different formations in New Orleans’ first 15 plays. Most of those formations will be of the spread variety, given that Drew Brees prefers to get as many weapons as possible involved, and given that New Orleans has all but ignored the run the last three weeks.

Brees will take a keen interest in the Seahawks cornerbacks, neither of whom matches up well with Robert Meachem (expect Meachem to be the No. 1 target given that Marques Colston is questionable after having arthroscopic knee surgery last Tuesday). Kelly Jennings lacks size and Marcus Trufant is inconsistent in deep man-to-man coverage. Seahawks fourth-round rookie Walter Thurmond will also be tempting to pick on, especially if he has to handle the precise route running of Lance Moore.

4. Potentially Relevant Video

If the Saints watch this video sometime during the week, don’t be surprised if Sean Payton, out of support for an angry Reggie Bush (and inside word is Bush is definitely angry) giddily runs up the score on the former USC head coach.



5. The Saints will win if ...

They show up and nothing ridiculous happens.

6. The Seahawks will win if ...

They are on the fortunate end of a fluke turnover (or two…or three) and can gather energy from the home crowd that they don’t deserve to be playing in front of.

7. Prediction: Saints 35, Seahawks 13
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fuzznutz
Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: January 9, 2011 3:04 am
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Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: January 8, 2011 11:40 pm
 

Seahawks vs. Saints: 7-Point Wild Card Preview

Oops!



Since: Jan 8, 2011
Posted on: January 8, 2011 11:08 pm
 

Seahawks vs. Saints: 7-Point Wild Card Preview

Bye week?  Bye week? I think maybe your boss should give you one without pay for publishing this crap!



Since: Jan 29, 2010
Posted on: January 8, 2011 8:48 pm
 

Seahawks vs. Saints: 7-Point Wild Card Preview

Just say something...ANYTHING in response to your "juuuussst a bit outside" prediction without making an excuse for why the Saints lost that game!



Since: Nov 21, 2008
Posted on: January 8, 2011 8:19 pm
 

Seahawks vs. Saints: 7-Point Wild Card Preview

THAT'S why you play the game. 



Since: Oct 7, 2010
Posted on: January 8, 2011 8:06 pm
 

Seahawks vs. Saints: 7-Point Wild Card Preview

30 something to what??? Way to go Hawks.  I have a feeling we might see a different team on the road next week.  For now....GO HAWKS!!!



Since: Nov 21, 2008
Posted on: January 8, 2011 8:02 pm
 

Seahawks vs. Saints: 7-Point Wild Card Preview

In your face Benoit!




Since: Nov 24, 2007
Posted on: January 8, 2011 6:11 pm
 

Seahawks vs. Saints: 7-Point Wild Card Preview

Uh Oh Aints, somebody came to play today!



Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: January 8, 2011 4:18 pm
 

Seahawks vs. Saints: 7-Point Wild Card Preview

Thats what I'm Talking about Don't Sing It Bring It. We Will See. 



Since: Jan 3, 2008
Posted on: January 8, 2011 4:11 pm
 

Seahawks vs. Saints: 7-Point Wild Card Preview

Pete Carroll sucked as an NFL coach before, he will not do any better this time around. And to those who think the Huskies turnaround over Nebraska means anything to this game are just delusional. Seahawk fans better enjoy this division "title" cuz it will be their last for a while.

Saints 37, Seajags 13


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