After years of legendary Drew Brees vs. Russ Wilson battles, tonight will feel a little weird as Jameis Winston leads the 3-2 New Orleans Saints into rainy Seattle to take on Geno Smith and the 2-3 Seahawks tonight on Monday Night Football.
However, Sean Payton and Pete Carroll are still on the sidelines and the show goes on for both successful organizations.
The Saints have historically struggled some in Seattle going back to this famous Marshawn Lynch “Beast Mode” run in the 2010 playoff loss. (The Saints also lost in 2013 playoffs in Seattle but did win last road game in 2019)
The Saints are coming off a much needed bye and are getting several key players back tonight after injuries hit the team hard early in the season. Star C Erik McCoy, LT Terron Armstead, WR Trequon Smith, DE Marcus Davenport and LB Kwon Alexander will all play and provide massive re-enforcements. Bless you boys!
Star WR Michael Thomas is still out with ankle injury and Swiss Army knife Taysom Hill is still recovering from a concussion.
Despite the injury bug and Hurricane Ida displacing the Saints for a month, New Orleans is primed for a playoff run behind their stout defense.
Seattle is dealing with injury issues of their own playing without Russell Wilson. Despite a miserable 1st half in Pittsburgh last Sunday night, the Seahawks almost pulled off a heckuva comeback falling 20-17 in OT. Geno Smith has not looked as horrible as expected and is giving the Seahawks a chance.
The 12s will be rocking tonight as Seattle needs this one badly to stay in playoff contention until Russ comes back. Falling to 2-4 in loaded NFC West will be difficult hole to climb out of.
Seattle must rely on rowdy home field advantage and force Jameis Winston turnovers in the projected rainy conditions to win this game. Their offense could struggle. Keep a close eye on the DK Metcalf vs. Marshawn Lattimore matchup as it should be a good one.
The Saints are currently 4 point road favorites with a total of 42 on the Barstool Sportsbook.
Prediction: The Saints continue to grind out ugly wins behind the defense and do it again tonight 24-17 as long as Jameis takes care of the damn ball!
A Saints win tonight will set up a massive showdown for the top of NFC South against the Super Bowl Champion Tampa Bay Bucs on Halloween Sunday afternoon in the Dome. I am salivating thinking about that game already and I might be in that number next Sunday!
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