TheNFL‘s Week 13 Monday night matchup between the New Orleans Saints and the Seattle Seahawks is arguably the biggest game of the season with serious playoff implications. It’s bigger, perhaps, than the AFC West contest between the then unbeaten Kansas City Chiefs and the Denver Broncos in Week 11.
The Saints, who currently sit at 9-2, are looking to avenge a playoff loss in Seattle from just a couple of years ago, when Marshawn Lynch channelled the football gods for a fourth-quarter run that could only be described as “beast-like.”
Playing and winning in Seattle is a difficult task, given the crowd noise and the Seahawks’ recent success under head coach Pete Carroll and second-year quarterback Russell Wilson. Their defense is also difficult to play against, but has recently been weakened by player suspensions for substance abuse.
That said, this is going to be a fantastic matchup between one of the league’s best offenses and one of its best defenses. The Saints are similar to the Seahawks in that they are undefeated at home this season. Their two losses came on the road, outside in the elements against the New England Patriots and the New York Jets.
New Orleans proved they were capable of winning outside their dome when they travelled to Soldier Field earlier in the season and defeated the Chicago Bears in a well-played and well-coached game. Head coach Sean Payton called the right plays and controlled the clock to help the Saints shake off the demons that had plagued them in Chicago in recent years.
Still though, Monday’s forecast in Seattle is calling for a 50 percent chance of rain with temperatures somewhere in the 40s. It will be conditions that could slow down Drew Brees and the rest of the offense, so smart and efficient play will be crucial if the Saints want to come away with a win and if they want the road to the NFC Championship to go through New Orleans.