The New Orleans Saints fell to 9-3 after they were blown out on Monday night against the Seattle Seahawks. The Saints’ offense was shut down by the Seahawks’ stingy defense as they only managed to put up 188 total yards of offense in the 34-7 defeat. The Saints were looking to take control of the NFC, but they now find themselves in a tie for first in the NFC south division.
Unfortunately for the Saints, their next game will be against the 9-3 Carolina Panthers who are riding an eight-game win streak. The Saints go back to the Superdome to take on the Panthers and for the second straight week will play a game with big playoff implications. Furthermore, the Saints will be facing the Panthers twice in the next two weeks and both games figure to be tough contests for the team.
The Saints will look to win out the rest of the way and secure one of the top seeds in the NFC for the postseason. However, with two games against the Panthers and one against the St. Louis Rams it will not be easy. In Week 15, the Saints will travel to St. Louis to take on the improving Rams, who dominated the Indianapolis Colts and Chicago Bears in consecutive weeks. The Rams should not be taken lightly and they could give the Saints trouble with their terrific pass rush.
The Saints will end the regular season at home against the struggling Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but it would behoove the Saints if they just took care of business and ended the season 4-0. This loss to the Seahawks was obviously the worst of the season and it will be interesting to see how the Saints respond in week 14 against the red-hot Panthers. The Saints-Panthers matchup promises to be a great one and it makes absolute sense that the game was flexed to the Sunday night slot.