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Keys to the Game: Saints vs. Seahawks

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Nov 17, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin (11) catches a pass over Minnesota Vikings cornerback Chris Cook (20) during the first half at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

Personnel Matchups

I can’t exactly ignore the fact that Percy Harvin is back for the Seahawks. Keenan Lewis will be a huge factor in controlling/containing Harvin on Saturday. Harvin has explosive, big play ability – much like Darren Sproles for the Saints. Rob Ryan won’t hesitate to match up on him as needed. We may just have to worry about the guys behind.

We’ll also be interested to see what happens without Parys Haralson, who landed on injured reserve earlier this week with a torn pectoral. Will Herring and Rufus Johnson (assuming Johnson is in after being called up from the Practice Squad), may see more time, and the Seahawks will definitely test them. Speaking of these guys, the Saints have thought a lot about Zach Miller, who was targeted eight times in the first meeting, and ended up with five receptions. Miller would finish 5-86-TD.

On the flip side, Jimmy Graham has to show he’s not going to be physically dominated by anyone. Graham was held to only three catches in the first meeting, but was targeted nine times. Even if Graham can’t get it going, he can effectively be a decoy, which would help guys like Lance Moore, Ben Watson, and Kenny Stills get more involved in the passing game.

We also can’t ignore who matches up against Terron Armstead, who will have his hands full with the Seahawks front seven. Armstead has improved each week, so we have to give him the benefit of any doubt, but his blocking will be huge to allow Brees enough time to get rid of the ball.

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