Seahawks 27, Saints 20. The only way for the Saints to win, I believe, is for Drew Brees to play relatively mistake-free, which he hasn’t done for the last three road games. He’s thrown two interceptions in each of the last three, lost two, and was bailed out by a strong second half last week in Philadelphia. But it’s clearly fixable; Sean Payton knows what works and what doesn’t for Brees, so I expect he’ll play better here. I just think Seattle has too many weapons for a beleaguered Saints secondary to handle.
Thirteen of 14 picked the Seahawks.
Four of five staffers picked the Seahawks,but the two Saints beat reporters split their votes.
Seahawks 24, Saints 20: Do I think the Saints have more of a shot to topple Seattle this time around? No doubt. But like my pick last week, when I took the Saints over the Eagles, I’m going with who I think is the better team. That’s the Seahawks.
Saints 28, Seahawks 27: Call me crazy on this one. The logical choice is the Seahawks after their 34-7 dismantling of the Saints earlier this season. And as Jahri Evans put it “this is not the Eagles we’re playing this week.” But I’m feeling a little more confident about the Saints’ chances after watching them get over their road woes last week. I think if the Saints can keep running the ball effectively and contain Russell Wilson, they can come out with a victory.
The Seattle Times
All four Times staffers pick the Seahawks to win a close game.
Seahawks, 20-16: New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees will play much better this time. The problem for the Saints is, so will Marshawn Lynch.
Seahawks, 20-13: Hard to imagine this will be a rout similar to Seattle’s 34-7 win over the Saints on Dec. 2. But Seattle has the best defense in the NFL and the home field.
Seahawks, 24-21: Not sure New Orleans can match Seattle’s physical style, but don’t expect the Saints to roll over like last time.
Seahawks, 28-21: New Orleans won’t be routed again, but Percy Harvin and the home crowd will give Seattle the boost it needs.
Seven of nine picked the Seahawks, but John Breech went with the Saints.
This is going to sound weird, but I think the fact that New Orleans lost 34-7 to Seattle during the regular season is actually going to help the Saints. The crowd noise in Seattle is a huge factor, but now that the Saints have heard it, they know what they’re up against and they can adjust accordingly. As for Seattle’s 34-7 regular season win, statistically, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson played one of his best games of the season and Drew Brees played one of his worst. Basically, it was a perfect confluence of events that led to the blowout. As long as there’s no Beastquake in this game, I think New Orleans can pull off the upset. Saints 27-24 over Seahawks.
Seahawks 27, Saints 23
This season, everyone has fancied the Seahawks as contenders for the Lombardi Trophy. A big part of that is how well they play at home, where they’ve dropped one game this season after a perfect 8-0 run in 2012. The ‘Hawks have allowed 13.75 points per game at CenturyLink Field during the 2013 campaign, the best mark in the NFL. That includes just seven points from the Saints in Week 13. Can New Orleans do better this time around?
Sackless in Seattle: Sean Payton is not going to put Drew Brees in as tough a spot this weekend. Thus, don’t expect another strip-sack touchdown. Instead, count on New Orleans pounding the rock at least 30 times. When these two teams met in December, Payton called just 17 running plays, which totaled 44 yards. Last week in Philadelphia: 36 for 185. Still thinking the Saints will lose this football game … but it’s going to be close.
Drew Brees will shake off the noise to bring big plays that keep the Saints in the game into the second half. But look for the Seahawks to wear New Orleans down up front, with Lynch putting the game away with one powerful burst in the fourth quarter. Seahawks 27, Saints 17
Sackless in Seattle: Sean Payton is not going to put Drew Brees in as tough a spot this weekend. Thus, don't expect another strip-sack touchdown. Instead, count on New Orleans pounding the rock at least 30 times. When these two teams met in December, Payton called just 17 running plays, which totaled 44 yards. Last week in Philadelphia: 36 for 185. Still thinking the Saints will lose this football game ... but it's going to be close. #NOvsSEA