Its almost time. On the eve of Monday Night Football and quite frankly the best matchup of the year between the Seahawks and the Saints. Undoubtedly the simple matchup of Drew Brees vs. Russell Wilson is enough to make any football fan drool uncontrollably, but there are several more matchups to watch out for in this juggernaut of a game.
Saints WRs vs. Legion of Boom:
Think of the unstoppable force vs. the immoveable object. Who will break first? In my humble opinion, with the fact that the injured and possibly suspended CB Brandon Browner will be out along with his backup Walter Thurmond who is also facing suspension it will be a very difficult task for the Legion to keep up with all the different personnel the Saints will put in. Whether its Jimmy Graham against Richard Sherman, or Marques Colston against Earl Thomas or Kam Chancellor. The Seahawks secondary will be put to the ultimate test tomorrow night.
Saints Defense vs. Seahawks Offensive Weapons:
It will take a full defensive effort to stop Russell Wilson, Golden Tate, and “Beast Mode” Marshawn Lynch. Seattle will look to establish the run game early and pound the rock with Lynch, Wilson, and Robert Turbin. Then once the 2nd quarter starts look out for more deep passes to Doug Baldwin, Golden Tate, and Jermaine Kearse. Look for Saints DE Akiem Hicks and LBs Curtis Lofton, David Hawthorne, and Parys Haralson to stuff the run. Lofton and Hawthorne are known for being able to run sideline to sideline and make solid, open field tackles. It’s also an advantage to have Hawthorne (former Seahawk) and Haralson (former 49er, who played Seahawks twice a year). Having the ability to key on small nuisances that the Seahawks offense will give is an enormous advantage for the Saints. And once Russell Wilson begins to throw the deep balls downfield that should become a field day for the Saints secondary.
Let’s not forget about LB and pass rush specialist Junior Gallette. If Gallette can have the same success that Rams DE Robert Quinn had against the Seahawks when the Rams defense tallied 7 sacks, then the Saints will be in a great position to win the game and put a strangle hold on the top seed in the NFC.
This matchup will be everything fans expected the Chiefs vs. Broncos first matchup to be. High scoring and still good defense. I predict that this is the game that the Saints overcome their “cold weather” woes and win in a hostile environment by unconventionally running the ball with a mix of Mark Ingram, Pierre Thomas, and yes, Khiry Robinson. It will surprise the Seahawks and have their linebackers playing on skates. No knocks against K.J. Wright, Bruce Irvin, or Bobby Wagner but they won’t truly expect a power run game from the fast and flashy Saints.
Saints win 27-24.