TV Schedule: Monday, Dec. 2, 8:40 p.m. ET, ESPN
Stadium: CenturyLink Field
Weather: High 42, Low 30
Line: Seattle (-5.5)
The New Orleans Saints are having quite the comeback season after a tough year in 2012 without head coach Sean Payton in which the playoffs by going 6-10. Now with a 9-2 record basically a lock to make the playoffs in 2013, the Drew Brees-led Saints are looking to turn things around completely with a Super Bowl victory. Brees has passed for 3,647 yards and 28 touchdowns on the year while turning Jimmy Graham into a superstar at the position as the two have connected 65 times for 946 yards and 11 touchdowns. Pierre Thomas leads the 23rd-ranked rushing attack with 486 yards and a touchdown.
While the Saints have had an impressive start to the season, the Seattle Seahawks have been just as impressive — if not more impressive. Russell Wilson is an MVP-type quarterback in his second year in the league as the Seahawks will likely be one of the final teams left in the playoffs when they get there with their current 10-1 record. Wilson has led the 24th-ranked passing attack with 2,362 yards and 19 touchdowns on the year while rushing for another 409 yards and a score. Wilson and the Seahawks are happy to have return threat and top wide out Percy Harvin back and he will definitely contribute to the success on offense moving forward. Marshawn Lynch leads the rushing attack with 925 yards and nine touchdowns on the ground.
Defensively, the Saints have been one of the best units in the NFL under Rob Ryan. The Saints rank fifth in the league in points allowed as well as fifth in total yards allowed while also ranking third in the league in passing yards allowed per game. Seattle has been known for its dynamite defense and has been phenomenal this season, ranking second in the league in points allowed, total yards allowed and passing yards allowed per contest.
PREDICTION: Saints 20, Seahawks 23