Saints vs. Seahawks: 5 Reasons Why Seattle Wins

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5 Reasons Why the Seahawks Will Defeat the Saints

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The 2014 NFL Playoffs are in full swing. This weekend brings the divisional round with it and the action on the field (just like last weekend) surely won't disappoint.

This weekend of course features the top teams from the 2013, as they were all on byes in the Wild Card round. All four teams that received first round byes will host games this weekend, and that obviously means that the NFC's top team will be back in action. The Seattle Seahawks are set to do battle with the New Orleans Saints for the second time this season from CenturyLink Field.

The first time these two teams met it was billed as the battle for the top seed in the NFC. While that was true, the game itself didn't pan out. The Seahawks routed the Saints on their home turf and left no doubt that the road to the Super Bowl would run through Seattle. However, there's no doubt that it was the most disappointing game of the year in some regards as well.

The Saints earned this rematch by defeating the Eagles on the road last weekend. They certainly weren't overly impressive against Philly, and some have even labeled them as lucky for having the ball last. But regardless, they got the win and now they have a chance to prove the oddsmakers and doubters wrong. Can the Saints pull the upset at CenturyLink Field? I don't think they can. Here are five reasons why they won't and five reasons why the Seahawks will be playing next weekend for a chance to earn a trip to Super Bowl 48 in New Jersey at MetLife stadium:

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Beast Mode

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Marshawn Lynch is the backbone of the Seattle Seahawks. Without a stellar passing attack, the Seahawks rely on Lynch to get the tough yards when they need them. With two weeks off to heal up and get ready for this divisional round game, I have no doubt that Beast Mode will be in full effect Saturday afternoon.

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Russell Wilson Will Take Care of the Football

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Wilson is not spectacular from the QB position, but he doesn't make stupid mistakes either. Will he break character for this big playoff game? No way. He'll be his usual efficient self.

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Seattle's Stellar Pass Defense

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It doesn't get much better than the Seattle pass defense. This is a unit that allowed a mere average of 172 yards per game through the air this season. That's an incredibly low number and one that's not going to balloon in this rematch with the Saints.

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Lack of Playmakers on the Saints

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After Jimmy Graham, the Saints don't really have any big playmakers. The Seahawks will do their best to limit Graham and I just don't see anyone else stepping up for New Orleans. Last weekend in Philly, running back Darren Sproles led the team with four catches.

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The 12th Man

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Even if all the other factors in this game were even across the board, the 12th man would be enough to make the difference for the Seahawks. We're talking about a crowd that's just freakishly loud and that undeniably alters games. Once again, the Seahawks will show that they have the best home field advantage in all of sports.

 

 


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