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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; Below is some copy from Ken Trahan's article on SportsNola.com regarding the Saints vs. Seahawks playoff match-up this weekend. His analysis is brutally honest about the first match up between the two teams, but ends with an important question - ...

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Old 01-07-2014, 02:02 PM   #1
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Below is some copy from Ken Trahan's article on SportsNola.com regarding the Saints vs. Seahawks playoff match-up this weekend. His analysis is brutally honest about the first match up between the two teams, but ends with an important question - have the Seahawks peaked already?

Seattle had a bye week heading into the first meeting and it clearly benefited the Seahawks in preparation, execution and health. Since the win over the Saints, the Seattle offense has slowed a bit, averaging just 19.25 points over its last four games.

In those games, Wilson completed just 59-of-102 passes (57.8%) for 685 yards (171.25 avg.) with just four touchdowns and three interceptions. Wilson was sacked 14 times in those four games.

The question is obvious. Did the Seahawks peak against the Saints? Since then, they are 2-2. In losses to the Cardinals (17-10) and 49ers (19-17), the Seahawks defense allowed 139 yards rushing and 163 yards rushing, respectively. That is the panacea for the Saints. They must run the ball effectively to keep the pass rush off of Brees, control the football and keep the ball away from the Seattle offense.
Finally some stats:
For what it is worth, No. 1 seeds are 7-9 in the divisional round over the last eight seasons. Additionally, over the past 10 years, the sixth-seed has beaten the top-seed five of eight times when they have met.
Read the entire brutal early analysis at SportsNola.com

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Old 01-07-2014, 02:18 PM   #2
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Re: Did the Seahawks peak against the Saints?

I sure hope so!
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They will be rested and ready. 2nd season just starting. Turnovers. That's why they rolled us. Stop that and we can beat them.
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They will be rested and ready. 2nd season just starting. Turnovers. That's why they rolled us. Stop that and we can beat them.
Couldn't have said it better. Get off to a fast start and stop the turnovers. The rest will take care of itself. Just cannot go up there and have a slow start. We have started faster the past 2 games and let's hope we see a pattern.
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Re: Did the Seahawks peak against the Saints?

Good stats in there. No 1 seeds are only 7-9 in div rounds the last 8 years. It also seems as though Seattle has cooled off a bit since beating us.
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They will be rested and ready. 2nd season just starting. Turnovers. That's why they rolled us. Stop that and we can beat them.
Not so much turnovers in that one as an amazing number of 3 and outs. We only had one giveaway, but it set the tone early and we never recovered.

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6 - 3 & outs
2 - Failed 4th down conversions
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Re: Did the Seahawks peak against the Saints?

We will play much better this time. I don't expect a lopsided game. They will be more focused.
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Re: Did the Seahawks peak against the Saints?

They will be coming off a bye again this time. They did play a near perfect game against us last time, and we made way too many mistakes.
They too are playing for a chance at the NFCCG, and they want it as bad as we do.
It should be good one.
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If we are just now starting to peak they are the one's that are in trouble!!
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Re: Did the Seahawks peak against the Saints?

I just can't help but think they're looking past us to some degree. It's human nature. That, plus all the media hate offering an endless amount of motivation for Sean and Drew and the rest of the Saints -

Seattle is going to be tough, but anyone looking for the same result as last time isn't playing attention. That's what I think.
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