A short time ago this would have been one of the best matchups of the year. It would have been two Super Bowl contenders with two future Hall of Fame quarterbacks slugging it out in a possible preview of the NFC Championship Game. My how times have changed. These two teams now are struggling to remain relevant, and the future Hall of Fame quarterbacks are nowhere to be seen. Drew Brees is enjoying his retirement, replaced by Jameis Winston. Winston is distrusted so much by the Saints coaches he is throwing the ball less than any starting quarterback in the NFL. For the Seahawks, Russell Wilson is out with a finger injury on his throwing hand. His replacement, old friend Geno Smith, joins Winston as one of the least trusted starting quarterbacks in the NFL. Neither team wants to throw the ball unless absolutely necessary with these quarterbacks.
The 3-2 New Orleans Saints come into this game with a split personality. You never know which Saints team will show up. The Saints opened the season by annihilating the Super Bowl contender Green Bay Packers. They followed that with an ugly blowout loss to the Carolina Panthers. The Saints then blew out the New England Patriots, only to be beaten by the hapless New York Giants. It’s anyone’s guess which Saints team shows up tonight.
The 2-4 Seattle Seahawks come into this game reeling, losers of four of their last five games. With a defense that ranks last in the NFL in yards allowed and an offense currently led by Geno Smith, there isn’t a whole lot of hope for improvement until Russell Wilson returns from injury.
It’s the Saints and the Seahawks in what could be an ugly game on Monday Night Football.
Enjoy the game everybody.