The New Orleans Saints took a savage beating from Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks on Monday Night Football, falling 34-7. CenturyLink Field is arguably the toughest place to win in the NFL this year, but the total domination by the Seahawks was still a bit of a surprise. The best in the NFC seemed to be a two-team race, with the Carolina Panthers also in the conversation, but the Saints are completely out of that discussion — for now.
New Orleans will be back, and this embarrassing outing will be nothing but fuel for them. The Saints no longer have a realistic shot at the No. 1 seed, but they’re still playing for their division which would be the difference between a No. 2 or No. 5 or 6 seed. With two huge games against Carolina coming in the next three weeks, Monday night’s contest will prove to be a valuable wake up call.
The Panthers and Seahawks are very similar teams. Both have a tremendous defense, power running game, and a mobile quarterback. The Saints now know exactly what not to do when the Panthers come to town this weekend. They have a week to make the adjustments they need to make and learn from the many things they did wrong against Seattle.
A team can either get deflated by a crushing loss or get motivated by it, and a Drew Brees-led team will not be sulking this Sunday. The Saints are much better than they displayed against Seattle, and with great leadership they will be anxiously awaiting their chance to prove it.