NFC Wild Card Preview: New Orleans Saints at Seattle Seahawks

January 8, 2011   ·     ·   Jump to comments

At first glance, this looks like a Saints rout.  But when you dig a bit deeper, this one may be closer than people think. 
Do the Seahawks belong in the playoffs? Record-wise, absolutely not, but that’s how the current NFL system works.  If you win your division, you’re in.  It doesn’t matter if you go 16-0, or 7-9, like Seattle.  You just have to be better than the other three teams within your division.
The Saints are 1-1 on the road against the NFC West.  Against Arizona, the Saints fell to the Cardinals 30-20.  On a Monday night game at San Francisco, the Holy Ones squeaked by the 49ers 25-22 on a 37-yard Garrett Hartley field goal as time expired.
Yes, you have to take in account that took place in the first five games of the season.  The Saints have played much better football since then.  They’re 8-3 after starting 3-2.
Talent wise, the Saints are the superior team, but the Seahawks are at h...

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