Russell Wilson has impressed in his second year. Image courtesy of bleacherreport.com/Otto Greuele Jr/Getty Images
Two weeks back we had the battle of the best in the AFC; this time it’s the NFC’s turn with the conference-leading Seattle Seahawks taking on the New Orleans Saints in a game which could end up deciding who gets home-field advantage throughout the postseason. Given the dominance of both teams in their own stadiums, the outcome of this clash takes on even greater importance.
Seattle is coming off the bye week, but the Seahawks have seen their secondary depleted over the past fortnight. Brandon Browner was already out with a groin injury, but he’s now suspended for the next year for violating the NFL’s drug policy, while Walter Thurmond III was rubbed out for four weeks for substance abuse.
Drew Brees won’t need a second invitation to test out the birds’ remodelled secondary, especially with the likes of Marques Colston and Jimmy Graham to go to. With a full complement, Seattle’s is second in the league against the pass, but it will be fully tested against a team which is second in the league through the air.
Seattle hasn’t lost a home game since 2011, which means quarterback Russell Wilson is unbeaten at CenturyLink Field since he was drafted by the Seahawks. Three of their home wins have come by at least 21 points, although the Seahawks did struggle to beat terrible Tampa Bay in overtime in Week 10. New Orleans is 3-2 away from the Superdome this year and two of those victories came against the Bucs and Falcons, teams which have just five wins between them this season.
The Seahawks have won on three of the last four occasions they’ve hosted the Saints, including a 41-36 victory in 2011. Overall they’ve won four of the last six.
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