Tonight, the Saints headline Monday Night Football as they have a date with the Seattle Seahawks. As they headed into the bye week 3-2, the Saints were feeling pretty good. Outside of a few bad plays, they played extremely well on both offense and defense against the Washington Football Team. To win in Seattle tonight, they’ll need to put that behind them and focus on the Seahawks as I do not believe this will be as easy a win as people believe. Let’s dive into what could happen if the Saints win or lose.
If the Saints lose:
If the Saints lose this game, it could be a bit disastrous. When you’re also in a division with the defending Super Bowl champions in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, every game matters. You have to win the games you’re supposed to win. Seattle will be without Russell Wilson for this game as he’s out for the next 5-6 weeks with a thumb injury. There are other key members of both the defense & offense missing for Seattle, Sean Payton & Dennis Allen will need to capitalize on this. A loss would drop the Saints to 3-3, tied with the Atlanta Falcons in the division and 2.5 games behind the Buccaneers in first.
A loss here could lower the confidence of the Saints as they have a date with Tampa Bay looming in the back of their minds, and the schedule doesn’t get any easier after that. After Tampa, the Saints face the division rival Atlanta Falcons, Derrick Henry and the Tennessee Titans, Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills, and Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys in four of their next five games. It’s hard to see the Saints running the table during that set of games, so a loss here really puts the Saints back a long way in their playoff push.
If the Saints win:
This a very winnable game for the Saints. Marshon Lattimore will finally have an opportunity to show us why he was paid the big bucks as he will most likely be covering DK Metcalf all night long. Winston can continue to change the narrative of his career by keeping this offense not only afloat, but by leading them to another road victory. A win here, despite still being down numerous key contributors on both sides of the ball, could only help build confidence for the team as they continue to get healthy.
A 4-2 record for the Saints would keep them only a 1.5 games behind the Buccaneers (since the Bucs haven’t yet had their bye), and the Saints could trim that to just half a game with a win next Sunday on Halloween. If the Saints can win without three of their biggest names on offense (Michael Thomas, Deonte Harris, and Taysom Hill), the Saints should feel a lot better about facing the gauntlet portion of their schedule coming up.
Prediction: Saints win. 14-3.
I do not see it being a high scoring game thanks to the weather conditions. This win will be a sloppy one, but I do see the Saints shutting down Seattle and moving on to Tampa Bay.
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