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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'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

Since: Jan 10, 2008
Posted on: January 8, 2011 4:18 am

Seahawks vs. Saints: 7-Point Wild Card Preview

If the Seattle Seahawks play their best football, no matter what the Saints do, they will win the game. nuff said.
I'm not talking over their heads.

Every year football fans hope their team win just enough games to make the playoffs. The Seahawks did just that this year.
I am not a Pete Carroll fan and did not want him here but he is and even he can't keep this Big D that he has held back from doing what it wants to do in this big game.

Since: Jul 22, 2009
Posted on: January 8, 2011 4:18 am

Seahawks vs. Saints: 7-Point Wild Card Preview

Wow, Seahawk fans....just be happy you are in the playoffs and don't be so bitter!!  The fact that you actually think you will beat a defending Super Bowl team is ridiculous, even at home and with your opponent without a few key players at RB abd TE and a hobbled WR.  Brees could throw to anyone in that O scheme and their D is nothing to laugh about.

I just get a kick about how you squeeze into the playoffs and then bash this guy for his opinion.  He said his and now you say yours and you all look even more ridiculous than he apparently is!

Saints 27 Sea 13

Since: Jan 2, 2011
Posted on: January 8, 2011 3:05 am

Seahawks vs. Saints: 7-Point Wild Card Preview

Andy Benoit, you are epitomize the definition of moron. Yeah any Seahawks fan is going to be pissed off by this article, but when I read these I take a step back from being a Hawk supporter and go in reading as a fan of the NFL. Before posting an article as blatant as this you should check the facts.

Everyone has talked about how the Seahawks had given up an average of 37 points in their last seven losses, but go in a little deeper than all that people. The mighty New Orleans 'defending champion' Saints aren't all they're cracked up to be. All of the doubt that is being placed about whether the Seahawks have remotely any chance should be thrown away immediately. Take a look at how they performed in the two road games they played against the NFC West (San Francisco, Arizona). They beat the 49ers 25-22. It was a while ago, but what happened in that game? The 49ers turned the ball over 4 times, one being a safety, and what do you know? They only lose by 3 on a last second field goal that was partially blocked. The other, against Arizona was a loss 30-20. Brees was the reason they lost that game.

Tell me right now that the Seahawks barely have a chance. Enough of the Sean Payton/Drew Brees manship. The game is in Seattle, at Qwest Field, one of the most difficult places to play, especially in the playoffs. If the Seahawks do win there will surely be plenty of whining about us hosting the playoff game with a 7-9 record (not that we haven't heard enough about that), or some call by a referee, the rain/snow. No excuses Saints fans. Oh wait, you don't have anything to worry about don't you? Think again.

"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."

Absolutely ridiculous. Season ticket holders in Seattle like myself, take that as an insult

Seahawks    &nb
sp;   27
Katrina Saints   23

Since: Jan 8, 2011
Posted on: January 8, 2011 12:48 am

Seahawks vs. Saints: 7-Point Wild Card Preview

I am so done with CBSSPORTSLINE now. I am moving my homepage and my fantasy team to ESPN. This article f'n pissed me off. I don't care if the Hawks are going to lose. You still don't write crap like this.

May flaming bags of dog crap be left on your front doorstep.

Since: Jan 8, 2011
Posted on: January 8, 2011 12:40 am

Seahawks vs. Saints: 7-Point Wild Card Preview

Andy Benoit you are a waste of skin and should be hog tied for writing crap like this

Since: Oct 8, 2006
Posted on: January 7, 2011 6:19 pm

Seahawks vs. Saints: 7-Point Wild Card Preview

Andy, you sound like a Biatcccccccchhh

Since: Sep 11, 2010
Posted on: January 7, 2011 5:24 pm

Seahawks vs. Saints: 7-Point Wild Card Preview

Drew Brees. This season was not nearly close to the perfect season Brees had while leading the Saints to last season's Super Bowl victory. Brees threw a career-high 22 interceptions, double the amount he threw last year. But Brees still put up big numbers, with 33 touchdowns and 4,620 passing yards, and he carried this team through periods when other parts of the team were struggling. Brees’ leadership also was a big part of the reason why the Saints never really had problems with the “Super Bowl hangover’’ that has prevented so many Super Bowl teams from returning to the playoffs the following season.

Since: Mar 20, 2009
Posted on: January 7, 2011 5:22 pm

Seahawks vs. Saints: 7-Point Wild Card Preview

Ok the Seahawks matched well against the Saints at home.. Add all the weather and injury records, the 12th man and a rested Hasslebeck who has the most playoff experience of all the quarterbacks in the playoffs,  coming off a huge win in the last game of the season with the backup quarterback, its pretty ignorant to just look at paper stats. The review is a useless, factless fan bash. Thats what happens when you hire a biased hack whose writing style is Jr High at best.

Since: Sep 11, 2010
Posted on: January 7, 2011 5:11 pm

Seahawks vs. Saints: 7-Point Wild Card Preview

The Saints come into this game attempting to defend their Super Bowl title from last season. They have fallen on hard times a little bit, although you couldn’t tell by their record.

They didn’t win their division and won’t have a home game, so the defense of their title will be tough, but it can be done.

This isn’t the first time that these teams have met this season. These two teams played each other back in Week 11, and the Saints beat Seattle 34-19 in the Superdome.

Can the Saints make it to the second round of the playoffs? Are the Seahawks beatable? Can they win this game and advance in the playoffs?


Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: January 7, 2011 4:26 pm

Seahawks vs. Saints: 7-Point Wild Card Preview

mmmmmm beer!  I'm a huge Hawks fan.  The game will be interesting.  Matt passed \ protected the ball well in NO this year.  If Lynch keeps the ball tucked during that game, we could have seen a different score.  NOT saying the Hawks win that game, but it COULD have been much closer.  If you add up all the facts, i'm not sure how anyone can predict a blowout.   

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