Seahawks dismantle Saints
All week-long people have wondered who the best team in the NFC was. Some people believed it was the Seahawks while others were convinced that it was the New Orleans Saints.
On the opening drive of the game Drew Brees tested Richard Sherman deep on a 3rd down pass. Sherman had excellent coverage on the play, like he usually does, and knocked the ball away from the intended receiver. That play foreshadowed the way the rest of the night was going to go for Brees and the Saints offense.
In total, if you include the Cliff Avril sack/strip that Michael Bennett returned for a touchdown (I still cannot believe he threw his first career touchdown ball into the stands) on the 3rd play of that drive, the Seahawks defense held the potent Saints offense to seven three-and-outs (4 of the Saint 5 first half drives).
Drew Brees finished the game with 147 passing yards, his lowest in a full game since Christmas Eve of 2006. Richard Sherman‘s pass defense was the first of seven for the ball hawkin’ defense.
The Seahawks had scored 17 points before the Saints even picked up a first down.
With Seattle missing two of their top three cornerbacks analysts began to question whether they would be able to stop the Saints passing attack. Byron Maxwell stepped in for Brandon Browner and dominated throughout the game.
Byron Maxwell, who was filling in as starter, had two of the #Seahawks' seven pass breakups Monday night
— Q Smith™ (@NWSBQ) December 3, 2013
It is easy to have a “next man up” mentality when it seems like every time the next man steps in he’s better than the guy he’s replacing.
I’m not sure there is anyone I would rather have with the ball in his hand than Russell Wilson when a play breaks down.
On the Seahawks first drive Max Unger snapped the ball early and no one was expecting it, including Wilson.
If you had asked people before the game which tight end would have the best game most people would have said Jimmy Graham and understandably so.
However, like I mentioned in my pre-game piece, the Seahawks do a really good job at taking an offenses best weapon out of the game.
Graham ended up with 3 receptions for 42-yards and the Saints only touchdown but was outshines by Seahawks tight end Zach Miller who had 5 receptions for a season high 86-yards and a touchdown.
Miller’s night included a 60-yard reception on 3rd & 1 where he got behind the defense.
The only thing that kept him out of the end zone was his lack of world class speed.
Once again the 12th man was out in force on Monday Night recapturing the Guinness Book of World Records’ record for the loudest outdoor stadium after reaching 137.6 decibels.
Apparently that wasn’t all they accomplished.
Seahawks.com writer Tony Drovetto reported that once again the 12th man caused a seismic event recorded near the stadium on the play where Cliff Avril had his sack/strip. In 2010 Marshawn Lynch‘s run was dubbed Beastquake, maybe we should call this the Avrilanche?
I have to admit there were some pretty bad calls by the refs during the game but for the most part they went in the Seahawks favor. Maybe it really is the Seahawks year, I can’t remember ever being on this end of the stick before.
By the time the final snap had been taken the Seattle Seahawks had not only extended their lead in the NFC and proved their dominance, they became the first team to clinch a playoff birth.
They also put themselves in a position where they only need to win 2 out of the next 4 games to capture the NFC’s 1st seed for the playoffs.
In other words, the only way to keep the Seahawks from getting to the Super Bowl is to beat them at CenturyLink Field. That is a tough task for anyone, just ask the Saints.