The New Orleans Saints travel to Lumen Field on Monday to take on the Seattle Seahawks, and history favors…neither side, really.
This will be the 17th all-time meeting between the two teams, and the series is currently tied at 8-8, which includes two postseason matchups that the Seahawks won. Head coach Sean Payton may have met a worthy adversary in Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, and Monday night could feature an exciting dance between the two weathered veterans. May the best play-caller win.
In their most recent regular season meeting in 2019, Terry Bridgewater played in place of Drew Brees, and Alvin Kamara led the team in both rushing and receiving yards. New Orleans won that matchup 33-27, but the Saints look vastly different in 2021. Kamara has been slow to get going, and no one can say for sure whether Jameis Winston is a liability yet. Time will tell.
At Lumen Field (previously CenturyLink Field), the Saints have a 4-6 record, and any opponent that’s ever set foot in that stadium knows how powerful the intimidation factor is. The name “Seattle” echoes in every seat, nook, and crevice, and its in-game noise levels could break most hearing aids. We’re big fans of the home crowd energy at Caesars Superdome, but Lumen Field? Jeesh.
The Saints will need nerves of steel going up against the Seahawks and their 12th man, but then again, Seattle could use all the help they can get this game.
The Seahawks will be without stars Russell Wilson and Chris Carson, who have historically been the two biggest threats against the Saints’ D.
So who does Seattle have that could potentially ruin the Saints’ first game back from the BYE and send New Orleans on a downward spiral so catastrophic that the team ends up completely tanking their 2021 season?
These three Seahawks. Watch out.