The NFL schedule in Week 13 literally saved the best for last, as the Seattle Seahawks and the New Orleans Saints meet as the top teams in the NFC on Monday night football on ESPN and the game will start up at 8:30 pm from CenturyLink Field and will be on TV and streaming live from the WatchESPN website.
The Seahawks come into the game after a bye week and the team is streaking since losing to the Colts back in Week 5, as they have won seven games in a row and now they are taking on the Saints. The Seahawks are not even the hottest team in the league, the Panthers have eight straight wins and are chasing the Saints in the South division, making the matchup on Monday night even more crucial for both sides. The Seahawks come in after a win over the Vikings that saw Russell Wilson lead the game with 230 passing yards and now the Saints will have to deal with Marshawn Lynch and Percy Harvin, while the Seattle defense will be dealing with Drew Brees and Jimmy Graham. The two sides are the most consistent teams in the NFC and now they get the chance to do battle with each other and playoff positioning could be a big factor after the outcome of this game.
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The Seahawks have been amazing at home over the past two seasons and they have not lost in 13 matchups and that is a franchise record and the biggest factor on Monday night may come down the secondary for the Hawks. The team is playing without Brandon Browner and Walter Thurmond, leaving Richard Sherman to lead a defense that is tops in the league with 16 interceptions and they will be going up against the best passing attack in the NFL. Brees is putting up amazing numbers again this season with over 3,500 yards and nearly 40 interceptions and that makes this game even more interesting.
The Panthers still have two upcoming games with the Saints and that could turn the playoff picture upside down if the Saints lose this game and then are beat once or twice by Cam Newton and company. New Orleans wants the number one seed badly, as they have never won a road playoff game and against the Seahawks they already know what that's like, as that happened back in 2010 and the Saints want to play in a dome for the playoffs as much as they can. The Seahawks can put themselves in great position to get home field with a win on Monday, as they have as clear lead in the NFC West division over the San Francisco 49ers.
Lynch will likely be the biggest factor in the game on Monday night, as he is putting up come great numbers and he already has over 1,000 total yards this season and he is about to get to 10 rushing touchdowns and 1,000 yards in each of the past three seasons. The Saints come into the game ranked first in the league in passing and third in passing yards allowed per game and they have won three of four games, including each of the past three weeks and they are well rested after playing on Thursday night against the Falcons. The Seahawks are hosting the Saints on Monday night and the game starts up at 8:30 pm on ESPN and is a big matchup of playoff teams in the NFC.