Nov 3, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman (25) interacts with the fans during the 1st half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

Seahawks Will Have Depleted Secondary vs. Saints

The New Orleans Saints take on the Seattle Seahawks Monday in what is a matchup with playoff implications and seeding.

The good news? Seattle will be without two of its cornerbacks thanks to suspension. Larry Holder of NOLA.com has the details:

The No. 2 passing defense in the NFL lost two of their key cogs in Browner and Thurmond to substance-abuse suspensions as the Saints’ No. 2 passing offense will arrive in Seattle this weekend. Now the Seahawks will have Richard Sherman and a band of backups at cornerback trying to defend Jimmy Graham and a slew of Saints pass catchers.

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said cornerback play is a central part of what has made his team so successful the past two seasons. But Carroll didn’t seem fazed by the loss of Browner and Thurmond, touting the “next guy up” mantra.

Seattle can “next guy up” all it wants, but the loss of two of the top three corners on the depth chart will be difficult to overcome—especially against Drew Brees.

The Seahawks have not lost at home since December of 2011, but the Saints job just got that much easier come Monday. New Orleans is more than talented enough to break the streak, and now there’s a good chance the Saints will. Bad timing for Seattle’s secondary to have trouble with the league.

 

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