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Keys to the Game: Saints vs. Seahawks

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Closing Thoughts

Nov 21, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton on the sidelines in the second half against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome. The Saints won 17-13. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Did You Know?

  • This is only the 13th time these two teams are meeting, with the one matchup in the 2011 Wild Card as the only playoff meeting
  • The series is tied 6-6 with the Seahawks winning 4 out of the last 6 since 2000, and before that the Saints won 4 out of 6 from 1979-1997
  • Home Field has been meaningless in this series, as each team is 3-3 at their respective venue
  • Saints are winners of the last two regular season meetings (2007, 2010)
  • Russell Wilson & Nick Toon were teammates at Wisconsin
  • David Hawthorne has a story that many Saints fans can appreciate, as he went undrafted in 2008, and would spend four seasons with the Seahawks, leading the team in tackles in 2010 & 2011
  • The last time these two met was the 2011 Wild Card Playoff Game, which is one many Saints fans would love to forget (number one would be the 49ers in 2012). The Saints were down 34-20 entering the 4th quarter, and would cut the lead to 4 points, and with just under 4 minutes to go, Marshawn Lynch would break the Saints, refusing to go down on a 67-yard touchdown. The Saints would add a late score, but would be upset 41-36.
  • With a 100-yard performance on Monday Night, Jimmy Graham can set the NFL Record for most 100-yard receiving games by a tight end.
  • The Saints are .500 (17-17) on Monday Night Football (first appearance was 9/25/72 against Kansas City)
  • The Seahawks are .703 (19-8) on Monday Night Football, which is actually the highest winning percentage of any team in the NFL (first appearance was 10/29/79 against Atlanta)
  • The Saints have won 10 out of the last 11 meetings on Monday Night Football. The last loss was 10/6/08 vs. Minnesota 30-27

Saints Injury Report

  • QUESTIONABLE: DE Glenn Foster (Knee), LB Keyunta Dawson (Calf)
  • PROBABLE: G Jahri Evans (Ankle), RB Darren Sproles (Ankle), CB Chris Carr (Hip/Hamstring)

This is as good of a matchup as it gets without it being the Super Bowl, or any other type of playoff game. You can surely bet this will be a playoff atmosphere type of game. In my opinion, whoever wins or loses in this game is virtually meaningless. I say that because it’s very likely it won’t be the last time we see these two play this season. Pressure is on both clubs, but I still believe there’s more pressure on the Seahawks to win at home, and fend off the Saints.

I ranked this game #4 at the beginning of the season, calling it ‘Decembering In Seattle’. It won’t be high scoring, and it won’t be smooth sailing for either club. I expect a gridiron type matchup that will go down as an Instant Classic. However, I gotta think the Saints, especially with their defense playing the way they are, will be pulling this one out.

Final Prediction: Saints 26, Seahawks 21

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