Written by:Cory Antczak
On Monday Night Football , the 9-2 New Orleans Saints will head to Seattle to play the 10-1 Seahawks. Though it is not a playoff game, this game is set to be one of the most important of the season, for both Seattle and New Orleans.
New Orleans is first in the NFC South and Seattle is 1st in the NFC West. New Orleans ranks 2nd in pass offense with 317.3 passing yards a game. Seattle ranks 24th with 210.5 passing yards a game. New Orleans ranks 23rd in rushing offense with 97.7 rushing yards a game, while Seattle ranks 3rd with 147.9 rush yards a game.
Both New Orleans and Seattle are ranked high inpass defense a game with Seattle ranking 2nd with 180.4 yards allowed and New Orleans ranking 3rd allowing 198 a game. Both teams are also close with their rush defense, Seattle ranking 16th allowing 112.9 a game, and New Orleans ranking 15th allowing 111.9 a game.
The injury report for this game includes:
New Orleans: 3 Probables: Chris Carr, Jahri Evans, and Darren Sproles.
The others are questionable, those include Keyunta Dawson, and Glenn Foster.
Seattle: 2 are OUT, those include Brandon Browner, who is out with a groin injury as well as a possible suspension for breaking the league’s substance policy. The other is Walter Thurmond who is suspended by the League for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
Other injuries include Percy Harvin who is doubtful with a hip injury, Jermaine Kearse who is probable with a concussion, Marshawn Lynch who is probable with a knee injury, and Korey Toomer who is on the reserve/non-football injury list. That concludes the injury report for this game.
In other news heading into this game, Seattle’s 12th Man will be going for the noise record again, which was set on Sept 15th against the Niners, but broken by the Kansas City Chiefs with a decibel record of 137.5 at Arrowhead Stadium. The 12th Man will also be going for another “Beastquake” by jumping every time Seahawk RB Marshawn Lynch scores a TD.
The first “BeastQuake” was recorded when the Seattle Seahawks played the New Orleans Saints in the playoffs on January 8, 2011. Seismic activity was recorded by the University Of Washington at the exact time Marshawn broke through at least a dozen tackles and ran for a 67 yard TD to go on to beat the Saints 41-30 that night.
Seattle with a win will be one step closer to securing home-field advantage come playoff time. The Saints will be looking to tie up Seattle in the standings and fight them for 1st place in the NFC.