Who do the Saints want to face in the NFC Playoffs Divisonal Round?

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Seattle Seahawks

Russell Wilson
SEATTLE, WA – DECEMBER 30: Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks throws the ball in the third quarter against the Arizona Cardinals at CenturyLink Field on December 30, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images) /

This is the one team we didn’t play this season. Seattle has fought issues in the defensive backfield and on the offensive line. Seemingly they’ve done well in overcoming those issues. They boast the number one rushing attack in the NFL. They also lead the league in giveaway/takeaway ratio.

Add to that their QB, Russell Wilson. One of the savviest young QBs in the league, Wilson does much well and doesn’t make the errors that cost them games. And while he can seem a little like the crazy uncle you want to ignore at the family reunion, Pete Carroll knows a thing or two. He’s gotten rid of the malcontents on his roster, so his “kumbaya” teachings have new ears.

To beat the Seahawks, we’d have to do what we do best, stuff the run. Despite the last game’s shenanigans, the Saints still stuff the run better than all but the Bears. If we can make the Seahawks one dimensional, we are in the driver’s seat. Takeaways notwithstanding, Seattle is a middle of the pack defense. The Saints can do well against their defense.

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That said, this is the unknown. Playing them here is much better than playing them in Seattle where we don’t have a great history of success.  But Wilson is a tough cookie anywhere. He’s established himself as a solid QB, regular season and playoffs. Playoff football belongs to teams with great QB play and solid defense. That sounds very much like the Saints this season, but Wilson represents the most solid seeming opponent. This might be the one team we most don’t want to face.