The Seattle Seahawks played a decent football game against the Saints on Monday night. Okay yes, they were amazing. Twitter exploded with praise of Seattle's defense, fans and their quarterback throughout the night as Seattle overpowered New Orleans. The big win has many Seattle fans thinking ahead to the playoffs and certainly has some NFC teams fearing a possible playoff matchup in Seattle.
A near flawless performance from the Seahawks on Monday Night Football gave Seattle a 34-7 victory over the New Orleans Saints (9-3). Seattle, now 11-1, clinched a playoff spot after the dominating show on Monday and are very close to clinching home-field advantage in the NFC.
For such a highly anticipated Monday Night game, the Seahawks-Saints matchup definitely delivered. What led to pure bliss for Seahawks fans simultaneously had Who Dat Nation in despair.
From the start, it looked bad for the Saints, and it only got worse. Their star quarterback Drew Brees was held to just 147 yards, his first game under 150 yards since 2006, and the offense just could not seem to move the ball.
Jimmy Graham made the game interesting for a minute as he scored his near-guaranteed touchdown to make the score 17-7. After Graham’s touchdown however, it was back to being all Seahawks.
One thing everyone knows about the Seahawks is how much of an advantage their home field is. Six wins and zero losses at home this year after going 8-0 at home last year has Russell Wilson sitting pretty at 14-0 at CenturyLink Field in his career. Not too shabby if you ask me. Wilson’s undefeated record in Seattle has people giving the second-year QB some very high praise.
While some of the worship for Wilson might be just a touch off-base (Okay, maybe way off-base), it is exciting to see such success from a team at their home field. With it looking more and more like the Seahawks having the advantage of their home crowd up until the Super Bowl, the only question is can Seattle be beaten at their place?
The 12th Man, as they like to call it in Seattle, has been a huge advantage for this team. The volume of the fans makes it very challenging for opponents to hear one another and get accustomed to the noise. Although in his post-game interview Drew Brees claimed the crowd noise was not that bad, when your coach has his players fitted for ear plugs prior to the game, you know it's serious.
The crowd was crazy loud at CenturyLink on Monday. When I say crazy loud, I mean it. Like, loudest-ever loud.
For all the talk about Wilson and the 12th Man, the absolute powerhouse defense that the Seahawks have might be the biggest reason for their success.
ESPN analyst Trent Dilfer made a good case prior to the game as to why he was not sold on the Seattle defense vs. Drew Brees. However the Seahawks defense proved why he, and everyone else, should believe in them.
Seattle’s All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman had two deflections and played suffocating defense on the Saints’ receivers on Monday. The 25-year-old outspoken Sherman has continued to back up his trash talk and has looked like one of, if not the most, dominant corners in the league. After his team's performance on Monday, a little Twitter-jab at the Saints was definitely warranted.
Sherman is turning into an almost Kevin Garnett-esque guy: a big time trash talker who always seems to back it up. Sherman, like Garnett, is one of those players who you hate as an opponent but secretly would do anything to be playing alongside him.
While Sherman might be the most popular defender on the team, he is certainly not the only talented one. The play of the rest of the defense has also been phenomenal this year.
A fumble return touchdown for defensive end Michael Bennett was the highlight of the night for the defense on Monday, but it surely was not the only big play. The Seattle defensive line held the Saints to just 44 yards on 17 carries in the game and barely allowed Brees any time in the pocket to find his receivers.
The excitement surrounding the Seahawks' fans has everyone from myself to LeBron James dying to attend a game there.
For the Saints, the night went from bad to worse after the game as word got out that their team plane was having mechanical issues. Whether it was a parody Twitter account taking a shot at New Orleans, or one of their own player's expressing his displeasure, the night could not have ended faster for the Saints.
The Saints are hoping that next week's prime-time showdown against the Carolina Panthers will have the Twitter-verse back on their side, as they battle for the NFC South lead.
As for the Seahawks, they will travel to San Francisco to try and extend their current seven-game win streak when they face off against the 49ers.