The New Orleans Saints could use a serious winning streak right about now. Unfortunately, they will have to take on the Seattle Seahawks in Week 8 of the 2016 NFL season.
With that said, New Orleans will get this Week 8 battle at home, and this team also has one of the most lethal offenses in the league. After all, Drew Brees is second in the NFL with 2,101 passing yards and he is also leading the NFL with 17 touchdown passes. As a team, New Orleans is averaging 29.3 points per game, which is good enough for third-best.
As good as the Saints’ offense is, Seattle’s defense is just as lethal. The Seahawks are only allowing 14 points per game, which is the best in the NFL.
Given the above information, things should get rather interesting this weekend when these two teams meet up.
Seattle comes in at No. 2 in ESPN’s latest power rankings while New Orleans is ranked No. 25 in the same poll. The Seahawks are coming off of a tie (yes, a tie) against the Arizona Cardinals while the Saints dropped their last contest against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Given the fact that the Seahawks’ defense is fierce and the Saints’ offense can light up the scoreboard, something has to give in Week 8. First, let’s unleash some bold predictions for Seattle vs. New Orleans.
Drew Brees Isn’t Perfect, But He Still Drops Three Touchdowns All Over Seattle’s Defense
Let’s face the facts: If the Saints have any chance of winning this game, Brees has to put in a masterful performance, which is much easier said than done given the fact that Seattle has one of the best defenses in the NFL.
While the Saints might be 2-4 on the year, Brees is racking up the stats yet again, and nothing is going to hold him back in this one. No, not even Seattle’s stingy defense. Brees already has recorded three or more touchdowns in four games this season, and he will have a similar performance this weekend when he drops three more touchdown passes. With that said, he will not be perfect thanks to a couple of turnovers.
Russell Wilson Tries To Keep Pace With Three Total Touchdowns
Seattle might not have the best offense this game has ever seen (the team is only averaging 18.5 points per game), but the Saints also don’t have the best defense, not even by a long shot. Look no further than the 32.5 points per game that New Orleans is giving up to figure out that one.
This, of course, bodes well for guys like Russell Wilson. As we have all seen in the past, Wilson can do damage with his arm and legs, and that trend will continue this weekend when the quarterback racks up three total touchdowns. That might not seem like much, but it’s important to remember that the Seahawk only has five touchdowns in 2016. Not to mention, he has gone scoreless in his past two contests.
The Saints — Wait For It — Knock Off The Seahawks
This prediction has bold written all over it when you take into account just how bad New Orleans’ defense is. However, the Saints do get this game at home, and Brees is capable of making it rain on any team in the NFL. It wouldn’t be a surprise if the Seahawks’ defense made Brees’ life rather tough this Sunday, but the bold meter wouldn’t be very high if that was the prediction.
Before a loss to the Chiefs, New Orleans was riding a two-game winning streak. Nonetheless, a top defense and a top offense will be going head-to-head in Week 8, and that alone makes this one of the most intriguing matchups of the weekend.
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