Seattle and New Orleans are set for a battle on Monday Night Football. The Seahawks hold a three game lead over division rival San Francisco in the NFC West and the Saints are one game up on the Carolina Panthers in the NFC South.
This Monday night matchup pits New Orleans’ second-ranked passing offense (317.3 yards per game) against Seattle’s second ranked pass defense (180.4).
Leading up to the game, ever-outspoken Seahawks’ cornerback Richard Sherman heaped praise upon perennial All Pro Saints’ quarterback Drew Brees, according to Jayson Jenks of the Seattle Times.
“I wouldn’t say he’s the hardest guy to read, but he’s definitely difficult,” Sherman said. “There are some plays where I don’t know if he knew where he was going at the read. That’s the sign of good quarterbacks, guys who can go through their progressions and make it all the way through their progressions. You can tell he didn’t say, ‘I’m going to this guy at the beginning of the play.’ He went all the way through his progressions, found the open guy and got it there. That’s what makes elite quarterbacks elite.”
Seattle will be without defensive backs Brandon Browner and Walter Thurmond III which could be a tipping point in this – on paper – fairly even battle.
Browner and Thurmond were both recently suspended. Browner is facing a year-long suspension for a violation of the NFL’s substance abuse policy and Thurmond is serving a four game suspension for a violation of the same variety.