The New Orleans Saints fell to 9-3 on Monday Night Football after being routed by the Seattle Seahawks to the sound of 34-7. The Saints came into this game with high hopes of taking control of the NFC, but the game proved to be decided in the first half. The Seahawks used a balanced attack on both sides of the ball to smother the Saints and improve to 11-1, the best record in the NFL.
The Seahawks’ defense, also known as the “legion of boom”, proved to be too much for the Saints as they only managed to put up 188 total yards of offense. The Saints boast one of the best passing games in the NFL, but on Monday night the Seahawks handled the Saints’ passing attack very well. Drew Brees only managed to complete 23 of 38 passes for 147 yards and one touchdown. The lone touchdown came to superstar tight end Jimmy Graham and that was the only bright spot for the Saints all night.
The Saints not only had a long night on offense, they might have had a worse night on defense. The Saints’ No. 5 ranked defense could not do anything to slow down Russell Wilson and the Seahawks’ offense as they put up 429 yards of offense and scored 34 points on the Saints, the most by any team this season. Furthermore, Wilson was in complete control as he threw for 310 yards and three touchdowns with a 141.2 QB rating. The Saints’ pass rush, which had 37 sacks heading into this game, only managed to sack Wilson once and otherwise did not get to him much.
Despite being blown out, this was not a devastating loss for the Saints, as they still own one of the best records in the NFL. However, the loss dose put them in an interesting place heading into their Week 14 showdown against the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers are currently 9-3 and are tied with the Saints for the best record in the NFC south. The Saints and Panthers have yet to play each other this season but will meet twice in the next three weeks.
The Saints’ two games against the Panthers will be huge for them as they try to win the NFC south division. The Saints’ latest defeat was not a great showing for them but I am sure they will bounce back next Sunday against the Panthers. It will not be easy but the Saints will regroup and get it together in time for the postseason.