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Game of the Year?

Several members of the press are calling this the game of the year. To be sure at this point in the season, this is the game of the year. After the season when we look back, it very well could be the deciding game as far as who has home field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs. But I’m not sure about calling it the game of the year at this point.

Brees and Payton have been on the same page this year.

Brees and Payton have been on the same page this year.

To be sure the game between the Saints and Seahawks is huge for both teams playoff hopes. And it is a game that has top ranked offenses and defenses involved. It also has two excellent head coaches not to mention both teams have QB’s that have been talked about as far as the MVP goes. Hmmm, maybe this is a big game.

The game is being played in Seattle, where they have won 13 in a row and Russell Wilson has yet to lose a game. One of the Saints weaknesses this year has been playing on the road. Doesn’t sound very good, but streaks are made to be snapped. If there is one team in the league that is capable of going into Seattle and getting a win, it’s the Saints.

Defensively the Saints need to apologize to no one. They believe in themselves and that’s a credit to Ryan, he’s worked his magic with getting the most out of a unit that a lot of people were saying that the best they could do was to be a middle of the road defense. If you look closely at the injuries on that side of the ball, you truly start to appreciate the job that Ryan has done.

Offensively little needs to be said about Brees and the passing attack. The two things that need to be mentioned has been the improved play of the offensive line and the game by game improvement in the running game. Both figure in slowing down opposing teams pass rushes and keeping them from teeing off and putting the pressure on Brees. Thomas has sees steady improvement all season long and Ingram has shown flashes of being the back that the Saints drafted him to be.

A lot of people are putting this game in the win column for the Seahawks but I”m not one of them. At the end of the day you have to play the games, and if the Saints have to travel to Seattle to play this one, they might as well go up there realizing that are as good as if not better than the Seahawks. I’m calling it for the Saints 27-21, I believe in these guys.


Bill Stephens, SaintsGab writer, Follow Saints Gab on twitter @SaintsGab


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