NFL Wildcard Underdog Pick
January 7th 2011 - Special K
Seattle Seahawks (+10) vs New Orleans Saints
Ten points is the largest homedog point spread in a playoff game that I could
find. I researched recent playoff homedogs and the biggest spread was only three
points. Everyone is expecting the Saints to just come in and walk all over the
Seahawks since they beat the Seahawks by 15 back in week 11 at New Orleans. However,
I believe this game will be much tighter than people expect. It is not an easy
task traveling to the Northwest and playing in the loudest outdoor stadium in
the NFL. The Seahawks were a respectable 5-3 at home during the regular season.
Since that last matchup against the Seahawks, the Saints have put Chris Ivory,
Pierre Thomas, and Courtney Roby (their very kickoff return man) on IR. The
Saints might also be without Malcolm Jenkins, their big play cornerback and
defensive tackle Anthony Hargrove. Meanwhile, the Seahawks offense will get a
boost with veteran Matt Hasselbeck returning and their wide receivers are all
finally healthy. Drew Brees is going to have to carry the team on his shoulders
as I look for the Saints to be one dimensional, throwing on every down.
The Seahawks defense is much better than people give them credit for. Raheem Brock and Chris Clemons have combined for 20 sacks, David Hawthorne and
Lofa Tatupu are solid linebackers, and Earl Thomas has been a beast at safety.
The Seahawks biggest edge comes on special teams. The Seahawks kicking game is
better with Mare vs Hartley and don't be surprised to see Leon Washington take
one to the house which just completely electrifies the fans and stadium. I
like the Seahawks chances this Saturday.
Take the Hawks +10 points this week
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