Seattle Seahawks (4-1-1) at New Orleans Saints (2-4)
|Date & Time||Sunday October 30, 2016, 1:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: New Orleans Saints +3 -- Over/Under: 47.5
The Seattle Seahawks and New Orleans Saints square off in a week 8 NFC NFL showdown at Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
The Seattle Seahawks hope for their second road victory of the season to keep their lead in the NFC West. Six of the Seattle Seahawks last nine regular season losses have come on the road. Russell Wilson is completing 65.7 percent of his passes for 1,559 yards, five touchdowns and one interception. Wilson has zero touchdown passes in three of his six games this season. Doug Baldwin and Jimmy Graham have combined for 838 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Jermaine Kearse has 18 receptions. The Seattle Seahawks ground game is averaging 82.7 yards per contest, and Christine Michael leads the way with 406 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, Seattle is allowing 14 points and 310.2 yards per game. Bobby Wagner leads the Seattle Seahawks with 57 tackles, Michael Bennett has three sacks and Richard Sherman has two interceptions.
The New Orleans Saints need a big statement victory in order to stay in the NFC wild card race. The New Orleans Saints have lost nine of their last 14 regular season games overall. Drew Brees is completing 68.5 percent of his passes for 2,101 yards, 17 touchdowns and five interceptions. Brees has two or more touchdown passes in nine of his last 11 games. Brandin Cooks and Michael Thomas have combined for 923 receiving yards and seven touchdowns while Willie Snead has 28 receptions. The New Orleans Saints ground game is averaging 82.3 yards per contest, and Mark Ingram leads the way with 334 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, New Orleans is allowing 32.5 points and 403.8 yards per game. Craig Robertson leads the New Orleans Saints with 59 tackles, Nick Fairley has 3.5 sacks and Sterling Moore has one interception.
The Seahawks are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win and 9-4 ATS vs. a team with a losing record. The Saints are 38-17-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The over is 8-0-1 in Saints last 9 home games and the under is 5-2 in Seahawks last 7 road games.
Brees has had trouble with this Seahawks defense in the past, but it's important to note those games took place in Seattle where most quarterbacks and teams overall struggle. We all know Brees and this Saints offense is very different at home in the dome and is capable of putting up 30-plus points without much of a fight. The Seahawks are obviously the better team here, but Wilson's ankle injury continues to bother me and has me questioning if he's capable of leading the Seahawks down the field for multiple scores. Just look at the game against the Arizona Cardinals. Wilson hasn't thrown a touchdown pass in his last two games and the Seahawks have no running game. I have confidence Brees can put some points on the board even against this nasty Seattle defense.
So, because Wilson clearly isn't himself at the moment, I'm taking the Saints at home and the free field goal.