December 1, 2013
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (9-2) at SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (10-1)
Sportsbook.ag Line: Seattle -5.5, Total: 47
The Saints carry a three-game winning streak into Seattle on Monday night in an attempt to slow down the Seahawks, who have won six straight themselves.
Although both teams are hot, Seattle was only 3-4 ATS in seven games leading up to last week's bye, while the Saints have also been a losing bet recently, going 1-3 ATS in the past four contests. Since 1997, the Seahawks hold a 4-3 edge (SU and ATS) in this series, including a 3-1 mark (SU and ATS) at home. The last time these teams played was in the playoffs following the 2010 season, which was a wild 41-36 win for Seattle, which was tabbed as a 10-point home underdog.
Over the past two seasons, the Seahawks are 6-0 ATS as a favorite of 3.5 points to 9.5 points. They are, however, 4-18 ATS (18%) off a home blowout win by 21 points or more since 1992.
Although Seattle star WR Percy Harvin (hip) will be able to play a full snap count for this game, the team will be without two star CBs in Brandon Browner (groin) and Walter Thurmond (suspension). New Orleans will not have the services of CB Jabari Greer (knee), while RB Darren Sproles (ankle) and G Jahri Evans (ankle) are both listed as questionable.
The Saints have been playing great football, winning their past three games behind excellent play on both sides of the ball. Over the course of the streak, QB Drew Brees has thrown seven touchdowns and just one interception. Brees will be going against an outstanding Seahawks defense, but they will be without two of their top corners due to suspension and injury.
RB Pierre Thomas has also played stellar football over the past three weeks with 209 rushing yards and a touchdown on the ground, and 17 receptions for 116 yards and a touchdown in the passing game.
The defense has also stepped up, allowing just 50 total points in the three straight victories to lower its scoring defense to 17.8 PPG allowed (5th in NFL). New Orleans' defense has been superb all season, allowing just 198.0 yards per game through the air (3rd in NFL) and 111.9 yards per game on the ground (15th in league). This will be an excellent matchup between an explosive offense, and a defense that is capable of stopping anyone when healthy.
The Seahawks are on a roll right now with six straight victories. QB Russell Wilson has been outstanding for the Seahawks all season, but has really been incredible recently. Over the past five games, Wilson has thrown for 11 touchdowns and just two interceptions. RB Marshawn Lynch has also played well as of late, finding the end zone four times over the past two weeks.
After missing the first 10 games of the season with a hip injury, WR Percy Harvin made his Seahawks debut last game, and had just one reception for 17 yards. But he figures to be a much bigger part of the offense coming out of a bye week.
Seattle’s defense has been dominant all year, allowing just 180.4 yards per game through the air (2nd in NFL). They will, however, be without CBs Walter Thurmond (suspension) and Brandon Browner (groin). Their reserves must now step in and try to slow down an explosive Drew Brees-led Saints offense.