Keys to the Game: Saints vs. Seahawks

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Nov 21, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; New Orleans Saints running back Pierre Thomas (23) breaks a tackle by Atlanta Falcons cornerback Desmond Trufant (21) during the second half at the Georgia Dome. The Saints defeated the Falcons 17-13. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

You’ll hear a ton about the ‘electrifying’ offense meeting the ‘stout wall’ defense here.

The Saints are currently 2nd in the league in passing yards with 317.3 yards/game. Their rushing game is ranked 23rd, with 97.7 yards/game. It’s hard to say it’s lopsided, but more like ‘it is what it is’. We saw in the Dallas game that the Saints broke the norm, rushing for 242 yards on the night. Since then, they’ve put up 92 rush yards on San Francisco, and 103 rush yards against Atlanta.

Pierre Thomas has been red-hot for the Saints on offense in both the rushing & receiving category. Since Week 6 against Chicago, Thomas’ total combined yards have been 80 or greater. In the past several games, his performances speak for themselves: 130 (ATL), 84 (SF), 113-2TD (DAL), 88 (NYJ). Don’t think the Seahawks don’t know this.

As for the rest of the offense? You may find some other points in another section. Hint hint.

What To Watch For: Who will be tasked with covering Jimmy Graham? It’s no mystery that Drew Brees will target him, and with his time to recover even more from that bothersome foot injury, it’s hard to believe that Graham isn’t ready to rip the defense to shreds.

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Topics: Monday Night Football, NFL 2013, Pete Carroll, Rob Ryan, Saints Vs. Seahawks, Sean Payton, Week 13 Matchups

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