NFL Game Previews: Saints-Seahawks Matchup

NFL Game Previews: Saints-Seahawks Matchup

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New Orleans at Seattle (+4.5), o/u 43.0 – Monday, 8:15 p.m. EDT

Has Jameis Winston finally gotten the memo? After that sketchy Week 2 performance against the Panthers, he's put up a 7:1 TD:INT over the Saints' last three games, resulting in two wins and an OT loss to the Giants that really shouldn't have happened. His receiving corps doesn't look quite ready to be reinforcements, but Tre'Quan Smith should be back soon even if Michael Thomas' timeline remains a mystery. This is still mainly Alvin Kamara's offense, though, and the fifth-year back averaged exactly 120 scrimmage yards in those three games with three total TDs. The last 12 seasons, Sean Payton is 9-3 after a bye, and this year he gets the added bonus of not having to deal with Russell Wilson. Geno Smith's first start in ages last week didn't go so well, and the downgrade at QB for the Seahawks can't be overstated. Seattle's also one of those teams with all three of its top RBs on the injured list (I'm being generous with Rashaad Penny there), but Smith may not be able to take advantage of the offense's biggest remaining assets, DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett. Bobby Wagner also might not have enough help on the defense to stem the bleeding while Russ is stewing on the sidelines instead of cooking. The Seahawks are already four games back of the Cards in the NFC West, and fading fast if they don't

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Erik Siegrist
Erik Siegrist is an FSWA award-winning columnist who covers all four major North American sports (that means the NHL, not NASCAR) and whose beat extends back to the days when the Nationals were the Expos and the Thunder were the Sonics. He was the inaugural champion of Rotowire's Staff Keeper baseball league. His work has also appeared at Baseball Prospectus.
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