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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
Comments

Since: Oct 6, 2007
Posted on: January 8, 2011 4:02 pm
 

Seahawks vs. Saints: 7-Point Wild Card Preview

seahawks and the whole west division are the most pathetic division in the history of football. Heck Boise State can beat any one in that division. Seattle and dipshit Carroll are gonna get smoked. 37-13 Saints.



Since: Dec 11, 2006
Posted on: January 8, 2011 3:12 pm
 

Seahawks vs. Saints: 7-Point Wild Card Preview

A lot of people lost there lives, livelihoods, and homes because of Katrina; that you should refer to that horrible disaster to make a point probably will reflect on well the Saints play later today - I hope that it does!
I love it when fans of one of our opponents makes the remarks that you have made.  In fact, I am sure that the New Orleans Saints will take note of it mainly because of your sign-off!

Let me remind you that the lowly Saints beat Seattle without Reggie Bush, Pierce, and a few offensive lineman starters, almost put a forty burger on Seattle.

Your remarks will appear in the Times-Picayune and be passed on to the Saints!
To: You should be... Sleepless Seattle
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Since: Oct 11, 2008
Posted on: January 8, 2011 2:52 pm
 

Seahawks vs. Saints: 7-Point Wild Card Preview

REALLY  YEAH OK WHATEVER YOU SAY YOU A THE GURU OF THE SEALUGS LOL@ YOU




Since: Jan 29, 2010
Posted on: January 8, 2011 2:44 pm
 

Seahawks vs. Saints: 7-Point Wild Card Preview

Nice response...I just want to see his response if the sky falls and the 'Hawks pull off the upset!



Since: Sep 25, 2008
Posted on: January 8, 2011 2:28 pm
 

Seahawks vs. Saints: 7-Point Wild Card Preview

Well stated.  Good to see an objective Saints fan.



Since: Mar 1, 2008
Posted on: January 8, 2011 2:26 pm
 

Seahawks vs. Saints: 7-Point Wild Card Preview

If you win your division you are in! Thats it, end of story. 



Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: January 8, 2011 2:05 pm
 

Seahawks vs. Saints: 7-Point Wild Card Preview

Andy,
learn to spell/punctuate; your inability to do so hurts your credibility.
Congratulations on picking the Saints to win by three-plus scores; should you change your print name to -Andy "Liven on the Edge" Benoit?  
Go Hawks!
Robby, 

Be sure to capitalize the first letter of a sentence.  Failure to do so destroys your credibility.

Geaux Saints!



Since: Feb 28, 2009
Posted on: January 8, 2011 2:02 pm
 

Seahawks vs. Saints: 7-Point Wild Card Preview

Are the SeaHawks better than the NY Giants or Tampa Bay?   Probably not.  
Do the SeaHawks deserve to be in the playoffs instead of those other teams?   Yes, that's the way it works.  No need to change the rules.
Do the SeaHawks have a chance against the Saints?   Of course, that's why they play the game.  All the Seattle fans need to do is look at the Washington Huskies.  They got blown out at home by Nebraska 56-21.  And then, at 6-6, did they deserve to play in a bowl game . . . against a 10-3 Nebraska team?  If they played that Holiday Bowl game 100 times Nebraska would probably win the majority of the time.  BUT THEY DON'T.  They only play once.  In the NFL any team can beat any other team if the circumstances are just right.  New Orleans has already lost this year to Arizona (5-11) and Cleveland (5-11).  Can Seattle (7-9) beat them?  Of course.  Will they?  Probably not.  But I'll be rooting for them.




Since: Oct 7, 2010
Posted on: January 8, 2011 1:45 pm
 

Seahawks vs. Saints: 7-Point Wild Card Preview

The Hawks have been frustrating to watch all season, and squeaked in by the very definition of the term.  With that being said it's a brand new season.  Sure the Saints are one of the elite teams in the NFL and that starts with arguably the best head coach/QB combo in the leauge.  These guys always seem to see the field through the same set of eyes.  They will not overlook the Hawks at all, but don't be surprised if Seattle gives them a game.  We are talking about NFL teams who are capable of cranking it up for a game, especially with the home crowd behind them.  As far as the article goes.... I think it's awesome.  I love people speaking their mind.  I also think that the Bucs, who whooped us two weeks ago, and the Saints last week, would have been a tough team in the playoffs and really got the short end of it all.  It's all moot now, lets just sit back and enjoy the REAL football season.  The PLAYOFFS baby!!!



Since: Jan 8, 2011
Posted on: January 8, 2011 1:44 pm
 

Seahawks vs. Saints: 7-Point Wild Card Preview

Seattle sucks so bad! I cant believe that they actually won 7 games, talk about getting lucky with a crap team. they dont deserve to be in the playoffs.  There needs to be a new rule that if the team has a losing record even if they won the division then they dont get in. Only teams with at least a .500 record should make it in.  My prediction Saints 45  seattle seaslugs 3


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