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Deke: Bobby's feelings at mid-week
by Deke Bellavia,posted Jan 8 2014 9:38AM
OK, we all know what happened the last time the Saints and Seahawks met. Seattle handed it to the Black and Gold on MNF 34-7. I think it’s safe to say that we can stop talking about that. Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll, many of his players, as well as Coach Sean Payton and his Saints have all said on several occasions that the first meeting is long gone and this match-up Saturday is the one that matters most.
“That was a game we played not too long ago. This is a team that has been dominant all season. They’re the number one seed. They’re unbelievably talented defensively. Offensively they’re coached very well. They’re on a roll. They’ve had one of those magical seasons and we have our work cut out for this one,” Payton said earlier this week.
So as we continue to look ahead to this weekend’s divisional game, Bobby and I tossed around a few things the Saints need to do in order to win this game.
Sense of Balance
“I think one thing is being balanced on offense,” said the Cajun Cannon. The Saints ran 56 plays on offense in the first meeting, passing the ball 38 times and rushing just 17 times. That unbalanced attack has to change this time around. “Once the Saints fell behind, they passed the ball more than they would have liked to.”
The Turnover Battle
Securing the football will be a key factor in this game. Seattle led the NFL, ending up +20 in the turnover ratio. The Saints finished the regular season even, and are now -2 in turnovers after the Eagles game. Cannon says “We need to be on the plus side of the turnovers. Winning last week on the negative side does not happen that often (17-195) but the Saints were able to overcome those two interceptions to beat Philly 26-24.
Weathering the Storm
The current forecast for Saturday’s divisional match-up between the Saints and Seahawks says that the chance of rain is 100%, Humidity is 92%, Winds S at 11 MPH with a high of 42 and a low of 38. Last week, the Saints kind of dodged a weather bullet, as it was cold in Philly, but there was no rain and no high winds; that will not be the case this week when the Saints take the field in Seattle. Earlier this week, Bobby and I spoke with Drew Brees and I asked Drew which conditions are more difficult to throw the ball in.
“Whenever you can’t get a good grip on the football it makes it more difficult to throw the football, and when the ball is real wet, it’s harder to grip the football,” said Drew. Brees continued to say that while throwing the ball in windy conditions is difficult, dealing with a wet football can be even more difficult.
So the breakdown continues and we will continue to look at this big match-up from all angles the rest of the week right here on WWL.com
The no huddle should be use at the beginning of the game to help the saints get out to a lead of, and I know I am dreaming, 2 touchdowns if possible. After that they should go to the ground and pound game on offense to eat up the clock and the defense needs to play lights out to hold the hawks to no more than field goals at most. But to answer your question. Yes absolutely they should try the no huddle. I think Brees does better in the no huddle fast paced offense. Just like he did last week in the final drive to win the game. He shines in the 2 minute offense.
saints wide outs against seahawks cb's
The hawks are going to play single coverage on the who dat wide outs..that will be the game changer if our guys can draw the double team..if not..it will be long night..but whatever the outcome they are my team and I wish them the best.