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Saints vs SeaHawks Part Deaux

Before the Eagle’s game last week most of the “professional prognosticators” were picking the Eagles to win, the main reasoning when all was boiled down was that the Saints hadn’t won on the road in the playoffs and that their record on the road for the season wasn’t good. At the end of the day, the picks were made because until the Saints won on the road no one was going to pick them to win.

Fast forward to this week, the Saints are traveling on the road to Seattle. Game time temps are predicted to be 49 degrees for the game but with a lot of rain in the forecast. Again almost all of the “professionals” will be picking Seattle to win. This time it isn’t because of the Saints road record alone, it’s also because of the way the SeaHawks defeated the Saints a few weeks ago in prime time.

What was evident in the Eagles game is that the Saints have an enormous amount of pride. When they kept hearing how they couldn’t win on the road in cold weather, it didn’t make them throw their hands up and give up, instead it gave them locker room material to use to go up and pick up one the biggest wins in franchise history. This week all they have been hearing and all they will probably hear the rest of the week is about how Seattle manhandled them in early December game. From what I’ve seen of the Saints, this is just more locker room material for the Saints to get motivated with.

Two of the things that will be needed in order to win in Seattle were put out on display in Philadelphia last week, a strong running game and an outstanding defensive effort against one of the better offenses in the league. Not that Seattle is ranked among the offensive leaders but in order to beat them, keeping Wilson and Lynch corralled is a must. The Saints defense was embarrassed badly the last time the two teams met, adjustments will be made and the outcome will be different.

On the offensive side of the ball, they will have a tougher task running the ball against Seattle’s front seven than they did against the Eagles defense but in order for a win the running game cannot be abandoned. It serves to slow down the pass rush and also keeps Wilson and company on the sideline. No one on the Saints offense had a good game the last time the two teams met. An outstanding effort by each player will be needed in order to get a win this weekend.

Payton has long been known as one of the best play callers in the game, his attention to detail has also been one of his strengths during his tenure in New Orleans. After seeing his willingness to make changes that needed to be made during the last couple of games of the season, I have no reason to doubt that he knows and is able to make the changes that need to be made in order to get a win in Seattle this week.

I’m not a “Professional Prognosticator”, I am a Homer for the Saints. I believe in them and I believe that they have the heart and talent to go up and pull off the upset of the year this week in Seattle. I’m calling it for the Saints in a close hard fought game. Saints 27 – 21

Believe Dat!!!!

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

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