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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



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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.

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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: Jan 7, 2011
Posted on: January 7, 2011 1:44 pm
 

Seahawks vs. Saints: 7-Point Wild Card Preview

Andy, YOU ARE AN IDIOT!!! I can't believe CBS would pay you to write this crap. The Seattle Seahawks have a chance to win just like every other team in the league. Just because they haven't put up the numbers that other teams have doesn't mean that it's an easy win for whoever plays them. As I recall at the beginning of the season San Fran was picked to win our division. Where are they now?? Who cares!! We made it and this is when it counts, the playoffs!!



Since: Mar 15, 2007
Posted on: January 7, 2011 1:23 pm
 

Seahawks vs. Saints: 7-Point Wild Card Preview

and I hope he gets to eat his words...what a fool



Since: Mar 15, 2007
Posted on: January 7, 2011 1:19 pm
 

Seahawks vs. Saints: 7-Point Wild Card Preview

I think Pete Carroll should show this article to his team (and rumor is they are angry) over and over and then run up the score on the former Super Bowl Champion Coach Sean Peyton. As well as all the other negative press out there. This is the NFL, and if the Saints think they can look past this game, all I have to say is go for it. Then they can be the laugh of the NFL that they lost to the Seahawks. Of course the media still will come up with excuses that they lost, it wont be Seattle beat them. This article is a joke. My 10 year old nephew can write better than this IDIOT. Hello..Saints defending World Champions.
Seattle in a rebuilding year. DUH. the Saints are favored. I BET THIS GUY WAS THE ONE WHO PICKED THE NINERS TO BE DIVISIONAL CHAMPS...... SAINTS...IF YOU LOOK PAST THIS GAME AS IF YOU ALREADY WON YOU DESERVE TO LOOSE.



Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: January 7, 2011 7:58 am
 

Seahawks vs. Saints: 7-Point Wild Card Preview

Currently its predicted to be  40 degrees at  game time. I don't see this as much of a factor. The adrenalin will keep them warm and bet all of them have played in colder weather.  I think  Seattle has five players who played at Cal -Berkeley  and their winter weather is similar to Seattle. Remember  Seattle even though far north, has a temperate winter -from the mild Asian winds.



I don't see an upset because we have a below average team vs one of the best ones.  I'm no expert - it seems to me that New Orleans should have gotten home field.



Since: Mar 26, 2009
Posted on: January 7, 2011 7:24 am
 

Seahawks vs. Saints: 7-Point Wild Card Preview

I am smelling an upset as well. Both Ivory and Thomas are out almost making the Saints one dimensional. Then when you look at the one demension they have Colston coming back from a knee scrub. Add a sprinkle of bad weather and a double dose of home crowed you have the makings of an upset.



Since: Dec 5, 2010
Posted on: January 7, 2011 2:11 am
 

Seahawks vs. Saints: 7-Point Wild Card Preview

Saints by 14,they have a little to much class for the seahawks,so ill be taking the over 10.5 the bookies are giving where im from.  $$$$



Since: Sep 22, 2010
Posted on: January 6, 2011 10:57 pm
 

Seahawks vs. Saints: 7-Point Wild Card Preview

I'm not sure I understand the video. Did Carroll say something about Reggie in that video?



Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: January 6, 2011 6:19 pm
 

Seahawks vs. Saints: 7-Point Wild Card Preview

Hey Andy the IDIOT, you want to talk about flukes, the biggest one is the fact that someone is stupid enough to actually pay your dumbass to write this 7th grade CRAP!!  You've OBVIOUSLY never played the game in your life and have never been to the playoff atmosphere in Quest field!  Your prediction is laughable and your column is worse.  Did you even take 2 minutes to write this shit?  I'm all but done with cbs sportsline because of idiots like you and Prisco!



Since: Sep 7, 2008
Posted on: January 6, 2011 4:51 pm
 

Seahawks vs. Saints: 7-Point Wild Card Preview

u right the seahawks will surprise they will only lose by 3 TDs instead of 4 LMAO
 it does not mtter who wins steelers will win the superbowl

      
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Since: Jan 6, 2011
Posted on: January 6, 2011 4:05 pm
 

Seahawks vs. Saints: 7-Point Wild Card Preview

CHAMPIONS DESTROY THE SEAHAWKS..... NUFF SAID !



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