“Quarterback Russell Wilson is elusive, and he is just as dangerous throwing outside of the pocket as he is running the ball — a painful lesson the Saints learned time and time again in that first meeting, when he threw for 310 yards and three touchdowns, and ran eight times for 47 yards.”
Not a bad performance for the young up-and-coming quarterback against one of the better NFL defenses then and now. Now, however, the Seahawks will be welcoming back yet another tool for Wilson in their postseason match up—wide receiver Percy Harvin.
Having only played one game this season due to a hip injury, Harvin’s return can only spell trouble for Rob Ryan’s defense. Having already lost rookie safety Kenny Vaccaro to a leg injury a couple weeks ago, cornerback Keenan Lewis coming off of a concussion the previous week and cornerback Corey White susceptible to coverage breakdown and mistakes, this is definitely not good news for New Orleans.
It is unlikely this game will be a lopsided victory in favor of the Saints. This means it will go one of two ways. First, a lopsided victory in Seattle’s favor. That would be unfortunate for New Orleans and would leave behind more questions than answers. The other way it could go is a back-and-forth shootout between the two teams.
Drew Brees, Jimmy Graham and the rest of the offense are certainly up to it, as is Ryan’s defense. However, I believe the edge goes to the Seahawks, especially with the addition of Harvin, who adds yet another tool to an otherwise stellar tool bag. I hate to say it, and it pains me to do so, but I think this is another game Seattle walks away from with a victory.
This is professional football, however, so anything is possible. Time will tell.