2. HUSTLE FOR RUSSELL: Speaking of Wilson, here’s an interesting fact: The Seahawks’ second-year quarterback has been sacked more times (29) than has Saints quarterback
3. GROUND ‘EM DOWN: As heralded as Seattle’s defense is, the Seahawks haven’t had all that much success stopping the run. Opponents have 1,242 yards against them this season, averaging 4.2 yards per carry. The Saints, who have a renewed zest in their running game, have averaged five yards per carry, on 86 carries, in the three games leading up to this one. Balance always helps and New Orleans has been better balanced the last three games than at any time this season, which explains how the Saints were able to win three games in 12 days. Inclement weather in Seattle won’t prevent New Orleans from throwing – the Saints are going to do what they do best – but if the statistics are correct, they should be able to lean on the run for support.
4. CAREFUL, DREW: Considering the amount of times Brees has thrown the football this season (439), having just eight interceptions is outstanding. Seattle, though, invites the attempts. The Seahawks are second in the league in pass defense (they allow 180.4 per game) and their 16 interceptions are tied for the league lead. The Legion of Boom, as the secondary has labeled itself, only has allowed 12 touchdown passes and opponents complete just 58.6 percent of their passes. This will be a strength vs. strength battle, which could be swayed by the presence of …
5. JIMMY GRAHAM: Doesn’t it always seem to come back to Graham, one way or the other? The Seahawks may be tempted to copy New England’s defensive gameplan against the Saints’ unparalleled tight end – namely, put a great cover corner on him (maybe the loquacious Richard Sherman) and take their chances one-on-one against the other receivers. That worked for New England. But the Saints now have a healthy