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What’s being said about the Seahawks-Saints game

From various outlets, it looks like most everyone is on the Seattle train this week.

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Here’s a look at some things being said about the Seattle Seahawks and New Orleans Saints Week 8 matchup by other outlets.

Seahawks.NET Fan Forum

If seahawks completely shut down saints offense this game should be a good one for the offense to get back on track, saints D is terrible.

While the Saints defense isn't great against the run, they aren't the worst. The Dolphins are statistically worse run defense and the Seahawks seemed to have trouble running against them. That was a home game for the Seahawks too.

I'm sure they will try to establish the running game. But easier said than done with this OL. The Saints offense likes to push tempo as well, similar to a run and gun team in basketball. Establishing the run sounds nice until Brees drops two 80 yard bombs on you and you're playing from behind.

Undrafted rookie George Fant likely to start at left tackle

The most likely scenario is that rookie George Fant — an undrafted drafted free agent who was a basketball star at Western Kentucky University before turning to football as a fifth-year senior — will get the start with Bradley Sowell nursing a sore knee.

This is the game we finally see Russell Wilson and go, “Oh, yeah. That’s why he’s considered one of the best in the business.” The Saints’ defense can do that for a guy.

When a good defense faces a good offense, I’ll typically — not always — have more trust in the defense to hold up to its end of the bargain. The Seahawks’ secondary should slow Drew Brees and Co. enough this week, while the Saints’ defense continues to be a disaster.

John Clayton’s 4 keys

The Seahawks can’t design plays that take longer than 2.5 seconds to run.Wilson’s injuries are a big factor. He’s become a great pocket passer. When Wilson is giving 2.5 seconds or less in the pocket, he’s completed 116 of 171 passes for 1,180 yards and three touchdowns. On plays longer than 2.5 seconds in the pocket, he’s completed 20 of 36 for 379 yards and two touchdowns. Play-calling has to take the stress off of Wilson.

Jimmy Graham will be geared up. The player who will be on the biggest mission is tight end Graham, who returns to New Orleans for the first time since the Saints traded him to Seattle. He has 27 catches for 408 yards and a touchdown this season. Saints coach Sean Payton has adjusted to a three-safety defense and he’s got numerous problems in the secondary because of injuries. Graham is a matchup nightmare and he’s going to be extra motivated.


Seattle’s Defense Will Force at Least Three Turnovers

Forcing turnovers against a superstar quarterback like Drew Brees isn’t easy, but the Seahawks’ defense will find a way to force three of them. Brees may not throw three interceptions, but the team as a whole will have three turnovers throughout the course of the game.