Kristian Quick Hits: Seattle looks to go "Beast" on the Saints
Prevent Beast mode:
The Saints learned firsthand about “beast mode” in the 2010 wild card round of the postseason. Marshawn Lynch went “beast” and ran through 9 tackles on his way to the kill shot, 67 yard rushing touchdown in that game. The Seahawks beat the Saints 41 to 36 in Seattle that day. The Saints are preparing for another heavy dose of the Skittle gobbling running back on Monday night. Lynch has rushed for 515 yards and 6 touchdowns during the Seahawks current 6 game winning streak. The Saints want to slow Lynch, and force Seattle QB Russell Wilson to try and win with his arm. “If they beat us and (Wilson) throws the ball 50 times, we’re good with that,” said Saints safety Roman Harper. The Saints are approaching this match up a lot like they did against San Francisco a few weeks ago. The 49ers were a physical ground and pound team and so are the Seahawks. Lynch has 426 yards after contact this season. Vikings running back Adrian Peterson leads the league with 486.
Rested and Ready:
Seattle is coming off their bye week, and should be well rested. The Saints should be rested as well. They played the Falcons in a tough, hard fought win on November 21st. With the extra lay off since that Thursday game, it’s almost like having a bye week. Running back Darren Sproles missed the last game with a leg injury, and I would expect Sproles returns to the lineup on Monday night. Offensive lineman Jahri Evans also sat out of the Falcons game and should return Monday.
Just how tough are the Seahawks to beat at home? Well the numbers say it’s almost impossible. The Hawks have won 13 straight at home. During that home streak, Seattle’s average margin of victory in Century Link Field is 13 points. Numbers are numbers, and I don’t put a lot of stock into some stats, but those are pretty eye popping. If this game were played in New Orleans, I am sure I could tell you some similar stats about the Saints dominance at home.
Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan was fined $10,000 for roughing the passer on November 21st in a hit against Falcons Quarterback Matt Ryan.