Seahawks vs. Saints Recap: Hawks drive falls short

The Saints hold off a late fourth quarter surge by Russell Wilson and the Seattle offense to improve to 3 and 4 on the season.

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Seattle Seahawks

RECORD: 4-2-1

CONFERENCE RECORD: 1-1-1

NEXT OPPONENT: vs. Buffalo Bills

GAME INFORMATION

LOCATION: Mercedes-Benz Superdome (New Orleans, LA)

BETTING LINE: SEA -3

OVER/UNDER: 48.5

New Orleans Saints

RECORD: 3-4

CONFERENCE RECORD: 1-1

NEXT OPPONENT: at San Francisco 49ers

FINAL LINE SCORE

  1 2 3 4 Final
New Orleans Saints 0 13 3 9 25
Seattle Seahawks 7 7 3 3 20

Seattle Seahawks

TOP PASSER:

Russell Wilson

22/34 253 yards 1 Int.

TOP RUSHER:

Christine Michael Sr.

10 att. 40 yards 1 TD

TOP RECEIVER:

C.J. Prosise

4 rec. 80 yards

TOP DEFENSIVE PLAYER:

Bobby Wagner

15 tackles

PLAYER OF THE GAME

Wil Lutz

PLAYER STATS: 4/4 FGs Long: 53

The Saints struggled to finish drives in the endzone but their rookie kicker played perfectly once again. Recording four field goals, including the game extender to put the Saints up by five, Lutz was able to put points on the board on nearly every Saints’ drive. For joining the Saints as training camp was ending, New Orleans finally has found a consistent, young kicker to add to their high powered offense. Sean Payton struck a gem by bringing him to New Orleans and Lutz ultimately gave them the win against a tough Seattle opponent.

New Orleans Saints

TOP PASSER:

Drew Brees

27/35 265 yards 1 TD

TOP RUSHER:

Tim Hightower

26 att. 102 yards

TOP RECEIVER:

Michael Thomas

6 Rec. 63 yards

TOP DEFENSIVE PLAYER:

Nathan Stupar

5 tackles 1 Int.

Seattle Seahawks Key Position Ratings:

RUNNING BACKS: (5 out of 10)

Christine Michael had a tough time generating any kind of running game against a questionable Saints’ defense. They were unable to control the tempo of the game due to a lack of a run game. On the bright side, C.J. Prosise excelled catching the ball out of the back field and bailed Wilson out of a couple potential sacks.

DEFENSIVE LINE: (6 out of 10)

The Seahawks allowed the Saints to run for 100 yards for the first time this season and really failed to slow down Brees for the majority of the game. Cliff Avril did come up with a key sack to force a Saints’ field goal late but it was too late for Russell Wilson to work his magic.

SECONDARY: (7 out of 10)

The Seattle secondary limited big plays from the Saints’ speedy receiving core and scooped up a fumble for a touchdown on the Saints’  first drive but still allowed 265 yards through the air. They are clearly missing Kam Chancellor‘s presence in the secondary but still gave a good performance against one of the best offenses in the league.

GAME ANALYSIS

New Orleans pulled off the upset against a tough Seattle defense this Sunday. The game went down to the wire, as Seattle ran out of time to match the Saints’ score, ultimately giving New Orleans their third win of the season.

Seattle struggled on offense for a second straight week and failed to exploit a weak Saints’ defense. Russell Wilson looked uncomfortable in the pocket and without a run game, the Seahawks were very one dimensional. Seattle has some questions to address after two shaky games with the ball. On the other side of the ball, however, their defense played phenomenal and even jumped out to an early lead because of it. The Seahawks managed to keep Drew Brees in check for the majority of the game and gave Wilson a chance to win the game at the end. Seattle is still one of the best teams in the league but must find some consistency to alleviate the pressure of Bobby Wagner and his defense.

The Saints played a full four quarters for the first time this season and their defensive growth finally showed on the field. Spoiling a Jimmy Graham homecoming, the Saints’ defense played well in all aspects to give Brees and his offense ample time to put points up on the scoreboard. On the offensive side of the ball, Brees managed the game well and the Saints finally established a run game after a first quarter fumble. If New Orleans can continue to have a balanced offensive attack, they have the potential to show exponential growth as a team. With key players coming back from injury in the near future, the Saints still have an opportunity to make a late push for the NFC South.

New Orleans Saints Key Position Ratings

OFFENSIVE LINE: (8 out of 10)

The New Orleans Saints’ offensive line has struggled at times this season but did an immaculate job of keeping Brees safe and upright on Sunday. Only allowing 2 sacks, the Saints offense was able to move up and down the field with little resistance. Their successful campaign should build confidence looking forward.

DEFENSIVE LINE: (7 out of 10)

Although the Saints still struggled to generate a pass rush consistently, they forced Russell Wilson to make quick decisions in the pocket. They also managed to hold Christine Michael to less than 50 yards on the ground and controlled the line of scrimmage for the majority of the game. With Sheldon Rankins returning, the Saints’ D-line is something to watch in coming weeks.

SPECIAL TEAMS: (10 out of 10)

The Saints’ relied heavily on their rookie kicker to put up points, kicking four field goals. Special teams was the difference maker this Sunday and ultimately extended the game enough to put the Seahawks away.

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Author Details
Beau Kirkbride is a student at The Ohio State University, where he studies Sports Industry and Management. Growing up a Saints and Buckeyes fan, football is his passion.
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Beau Kirkbride is a student at The Ohio State University, where he studies Sports Industry and Management. Growing up a Saints and Buckeyes fan, football is his passion.

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