The New Orleans Saints face the Seattle Seahawks in Week 5 in a matchup where the Saints will look to get their season back on track.
Following three consecutive losses, NOLA see this as a must-win matchup, though the Seahawks may have a little something up their sleeves on Sunday.
Hopefully, key starters for the Saints will recover in time for the game, but regardless, there are a few Seattle players on the offensive side of the ball who can make this a close one. As for the Seahawks' defense, the Saints really should have nothing to worry about.
Here are the Seahawks who can steal this game away from the Saints.
Wideout Tyler Lockett has faded from prominence ever since the Seahawks sold Russell Wilson, but make no mistake, he's still an elite and speedy receiver.
The former third-round pick posted three consecutive 1,000-yard-plus receiving seasons prior to 2022 and is naturally one of the most targeted wide receivers on the team.
Lockett and quarterback Geno Smith have been gelling well as of late: in the last three games, Lockett recorded nine catches for 107 yards, nine catches for 76 yards, and six catches for 91 yards and is due for a touchdown this far into the season.
Lockett may fly under the radar compared to younger receivers in the league, yet his eight years of experience and versatile route-running abilities make him a lethal X-factor in this matchup. Saints' defense, watch out.
It seems Seattle's offensive line is improving game after game, and that's bad news for the Saints.
It's good news for running back Rashaad Penny, who recently put together an incredible rushing performance against the Lions in Week 4: he recorded 17 carries for 151 yards and two touchdowns.
Penny was touted as a potential breakout candidate after his late season showings in 2021, and though it took a few games for Penny to get going, but he may have just unlocked another part of his game last Sunday.
As the go-to workhorse back for Seattle, Penny can feast upon opposing defenses and post monster yardage totals -- NOLA needs to figure out to contain him, and contain him early.
The Saints have allowed two 100-yard rushers since the start of the season, and Penny can easily be the next back to torch New Orleans on the ground.
The Justin Jefferson-Marshon Lattimore matchup was one of the highlights of Week 4, but now Lattimore has to turn his attention to one of the most powerful wide receivers in the game: DK Metcalf.
Like many other Seahawks players, Metcalf got off to a slow start in 2022 yet recently posted a statline of seven catches for 149 yards against the Lions.
Granted, Detroit's defense is lacking and is nothing compared to that of the Saints. However, if Metcalf is just now finding his groove in the offense, the Saints will have a difficult time trying to stop the 25-year-old stud.
The last time Metcalf and Lattimore played each other in 2021, the game got feisty and physical and both players ended up with post-game fines for unsportsmanlike conduct. Expect there to be a handful of controversial pass interference calls between the two of them in what should be another testy and ultra-competitive showdown on Sunday,
Week 4's NFC Offensive Player of the Week does, indeed, need an introduction. Everyone was down on quarterback Geno Smith before the 2022 season, and now he ranks in the top-ten in total passing yards and pass completion rate (77.3 percent).
Smith sure is making that Russell Wilson trade look worse and worse for the Broncos. The second-round pick of 2013 bounced around different teams before landing in Seattle in 2021, and he's making the place his home this season.
Smith has put together a 2-2 record and has thrown for 1,037 yards and six touchdowns which bests Jameis Winston's totals, though Winston sat out in Week 4.
If Winston is deemed ready to go in Week 5, this quarterback matchup will be a fun one.
NOLA's elite defense should be able to limit Seattle's multitude of offensive weapons, but given Seattle's recent momentum, the Seahawks arguably have a valuable advantage in overall team morale.