Well, that was a bit of an embarrassment if you’re a New Orleans Saints fan. In a very, very disappointing loss to the Seattle Seahawks, Drew Brees and the Saints looked vulnerable, shaken and downright beatable. Their top-5 defense looked like nothing compared to Seattle’s unit. Brees and his high-flying offense couldn’t get anything going whatsoever.
On the opposite end, the Seahawks’ offense was clicking on all cylinders as Russell Wilson tossed three touchdowns and passed for over 300 yards — and made it look easy. In an NFC that was led by both of these teams up until this point, the Saints now look like they could be in some real trouble.
Let’s first look at the immediate future. The Saints now have two dates with their red-hot divisional rival Carolina Panthers led by a Cam Newton playing almost as good of football as Wilson. That defense looked incredibly vulnerable not only on the road but when playing a mobile quarterback. Newton has a big arm, is mobile and is getting better every single week. This isn’t a good thing if you’re the Saints.
Secondly, If the Saints have to travel to Seattle at any point during the postseason, they might as well not even board the plane. This Monday Night Football drubbing made the Saints look like a 6-5 team on the cusp of the playoffs. It’s clear that Wilson can’t lose at CenturyLink Field. It just doesn’t happen. He’s 15-0 at home and with the fans behind them, it seems like an impossibility for anyone to come into their house and win.
In December or later, since 2009, the Saints are just 3-4 when playing outdoors. It’s nice to have a dome in New Orleans that they’re comfortable playing in; not having to worry about weather and whatnot, that’s a benefit for the Saints. But, what happens when they go on the road in an outdoor stadium during the winter? They look mediocre, like they did Monday night.
If the Saints wind up losing the division to the Panthers, which very well could happen, coming into the playoffs as a wildcard team might spell trouble for the Saints. Having to go on the road sooner or later rather than securing home-field advantage is going to hurt them in the postseason. New Orleans is in some serious trouble, folks — serious, serious trouble.