The Seattle vs. New Orleans game on Sunday could be quite a fight. The New Orleans Saints are just about back to full-strength, and the anticipated return of Reggie Bush to the offense could be exactly what they need to get back to where they were in 2009. The current incarnation of the Saints is definitely good enough to get back to the Super Bowl, but they are going to have to start blowing away opponents again before they convince all of the NFL analysts. For Seattle, this could be a game to secure themselves a spot in the NFL postseason discussion.
The Saints come into this game with a 6-3 record, but are stuck in the same division as the extremely hot Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons won again last week to move to 7-2, setting up what could be a very competitive showdown in week 16 when New Orleans has to play them on the road. Atlanta won the first matchup 27-24, and the Saints have been playing catch-up ever since. Coming off their bye week, the Saints are well-rested, but they will have to work hard to shake out the cobwebs again. They get to play a weakened Dallas team next week, as well as St. Louis in week 14, so some easy games are coming. First they have to deal with this pesky Seattle team, though.
There has been no other team with as many up-and-down performances as the Seattle Seahawks this season, and you can never tell what you are going to get from this squad. One week they are getting crushed by the New York Giants and the next they are blowing out the Arizona Cardinals. The inconsistency has to stop if they want to not just win the NFC West, but make it deep into the NFC Playoffs. Seattle owns first place in the West right now, posting a 5-4 record so far, but they need to prove that they can beat a top tier team like the Saints.
The Seattle vs. New Orleans game will take place in the Superdome on Sunday, Nov. 21. It’s a tough road game for Seattle because of all the travel, and it has a start time of 1:05 p.m. PT. It will be shown on Fox, and of course the New Orleans Saints are favored to win the game right now. With all of the offensive weapons at the disposal of Drew Brees, it will be the Seahawks defense that needs to step it up on Sunday, and now allow them to dictate the entire game. They have to give Matt Hasselbeck and the Seattle offense a chance, and if they do, it could turn into a very interesting game.