Since Pete Carroll arrived in 2010, the Seattle Seahawks have become one of the best teams in the NFL. This year the Seahawks finished No. 1 in the NFC West and had a first round bye in the playoffs. The team’s 13-3 record ties them with the 2005 Seahawks for the best record in franchise history.
This past weekend the New Orleans Saints defeated the Philadelphia Eagles, leading to a rematch of the 2010 Wild Card game in Seattle, best known for Marshawn Lynch’s “Beast Mode” 67-yard touchdown run that caused an uproar in the stadium, leading to the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network recording a small tremor near Qwest Field. Whether or not Lynch has a run similar or not, this weekend’s game is going to be a great one to watch.
A little over a year ago, the only thing that was associated with the Saints was the bounty scandal and not having Sean Payton for the entire 2012 season. After a 7-9 season in 2012 and missing the playoffs, the Saints are rejuvenated and ready for another playoff push with the hope of finishing like they did in 2009 with a Super Bowl win.
The Seahawks have one of the top defenses in the league, and they also have a high-powered offense with Russell Wilson at the helm. Both Luke Wilson and Percy Harvin practiced this week, which leads many to believe they will both play this weekend. With their presence, Wilson will have a few more options, spreading the field and making it difficult for the Saints defense. Even Harvin’s own teammate Golden Tate said, “Fast as [expletive],” when asked for a scouting report on Harvin.
Even though the Saints have had a great turnaround season, the Seahawks look to be the better all-around team and have their strong fanbase behind them. When Qwest Field is rocking, literally, who can stop the Seahawks?