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Saints at Seahawks Game Preview | 2021 NFL Week 7

Coming off of a Week Six bye, the New Orleans Saints (3-2) will return to action, making their 2021 prime time debut on Monday Night Football at 7:15 p.m. CT, playing the Seattle Seahawks.



Coming off of a Week Six bye, the New Orleans Saints (3-2) will return to action, making their 2021 prime time debut on "Monday Night Football" at 7:15 p.m. CT, playing the Seattle Seahawks.

New Orleans will return to prime time play for the first time in nearly a year when they had a 38-3 win at Tampa Bay, Nov. 8, 2020. They will face a 2-4 Seattle team led by the steady hands of Coach Pete Carroll, but currently missing QB Russell Wilson while recovering from finger surgery and RB Chris Carson. Under the leadership of QB Geno Smith, the offense's primary targets are WRs DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett, while Alex Collins has carried 48 times for 225 yards and two TDs.


The Saints and Seahawks have met 14 times in the regular season with the Saints leading the series 8-6, while the Seahawks have captured both postseason meetings. Since Sean Payton became head coach in 2006, the Saints have won four of the five regular season meetings between the two clubs.

The Saints' last win in the series came in a 33-27 victory on September 22, 2019 at Seattle's CenturyLink Field which saw the Saints overcome the loss of QB Drew Brees the prior week to score a defensive, offensive and special teams touchdown in the same game for the third time in franchise history. Both clubs have made the playoffs in each of the last three seasons, two of only four clubs to do so. On November 21, 1976 against Seattle at the Kingdome, the Saints equaled a club scoring record in a 51-27 win over the then-expansion Seahawks, who resided in the same division as the Saints, the NFC West, for their inaugural season in the NFL. New Orleans has scored 50 or more points only six other times in franchise history. A look back at the results from the all-time series between the two clubs:

Date Score Site Att.

  • 11/21/76 WIN, 51-27 Kingdome 61,865
  • 11/18/79 LOSS, 24-38 Kingdome 60,055
  • 11/10/85 LOSS, 3-27 Superdome 47,365
  • 10/16/88 WIN, 20-19 Kingdome 63,569
  • 9/1/91 WIN, 27-24 Superdome 68,492
  • 11/16/97 WIN, 20-17 ot Superdome 50,493
  • 9/17/00 LOSS, 10-20 Husky Stadium 59,513
  • 9/7/03 LOSS, 10-27 Seahawks Stad. 52,250
  • 9/12/04 LOSS, 7-21 Superdome 64,900
  • 10/14/07 WIN, 28-17 Qwest Field 68,296
  • 11/21/10 WIN, 34-19 Superdome 70,015
  • 1/8/11* LOSS, 36-41 Qwest Field 66,336
  • 12/2/13 LOSS, 7-34 CenturyLink Fld. 68,387
  • 1/11/14# LOSS, 15-23 CenturyLink Fld. 63,388
  • 10/30/16 WIN, 25-20 Superdome 73,088
  • 9/22/19 WIN, 33-27 CenturyLink Fld. 69,005

* NFC Wild Card Playoff

# NFC Divisional Playoff


Saints 33, Seahawks 27; September 22, 2019 @ CenturyLink Field – RB Alvin Kamara powered the New Orleans offensive attack, grinding out 161 total yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns stake the Saints to a 33-27 victory to improve to 2-1.

The Saints defense and special teams did the rest, stopping four fourth down conversions and dominating the kicking game, while creating 13 points. Early in the first quarter, rookie WR/RS Deonte Harty returned a punt 53 yards for a touchdown to give New Orleans a 7-0 lead. P Thomas Morstead and the club's coverage units were dominant in the kicking game as the 11th-year special teams captain punted six times for 324 yards for a 54.0 gross punting average and a 52.0 net. Four of Morstead's punts fell inside the 20-yard line, two inside the five. DB J.T. Gray had a career-high and game-high three special teams stops.

The victory gave New Orleans an 8-6 record against the Seahawks in the regular season, their second consecutive victory against Seattle. After two postseason losses and one regular season loss in Seattle, it marked the first time the Saints won at CenturyLink Field since the 2007 season.


The Seahawks, playing without Russell Wilson for the first time in a decade, found themselves down big early, but showed a lot of heart by overcoming a 14-point halftime deficit to send the game to overtime.

Unfortunately for the Seahawks, they weren't quite able to pull off the storybook ending in Geno Smith's first start in four years, falling 23-20 to the Steelers in overtime.

Here are five rapid reactions to Sunday night's loss, which dropped Seattle record to 2-4.

1. The Seahawks showed a ton of resilience.

The Seahawks began the game knowing they would be without Russell Wilson, who was missing the first game of his career, as well as starting running back Chris Carson, and then when the game got going it appeared it might be a long night for Seattle.

But even without two of their top offensive players, and down two touchdowns, the Seahawks showed a lot of fight in the second half, rallying back with two third-quarter touchdowns, then tying the game early in the fourth quarter.


The Saints came up with a convincing win over the Washington Football Team at FedEx Field on October 10. New Orleans got back to a winning record, as the offense, defense and special teams worked in complementary fashion to take back the lead for good on the last play of the first half on a successful 49-yard Hail Mary play from QB Jameis Winston to WR Marquez Callaway. RB Alvin Kamara showed the versatility that's made him famous, finishing with 151 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns.

The New Orleans Saints take on the Washington Football Team in Week 5 of the 2021 NFL season on October 10, 2021.

The Saints defense settled down for the most part in the second half after some early struggles, giving up only nine points in the second half. CB Marshon Lattimore earned NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors with a career-high six passes defensed, the highest total in the NFL since 2017. Rookie LB Pete Werner had a career-high 13 tackles, while CBs Paulson Adebo and P.J. Williams each recorded one interception.


The Miami Dolphins (1-5) will host the Atlanta Falcons (2-3) and the Panthers (3-3) will play at the Giants (1-5) on Sunday at 12 p.m. CT and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-1) will host Chicago (3-3) at 3:25 p.m. CT.


League Rankings

Table inside Article
Saints Seahawks
Record 3-2 2-4
Scoring Avg. (NFL Rank) 25.4 (10) 23.3 (18)
Opp. Scoring Avg. (NFL Rank) 18.2 (3) 24.8 (20)
Total Off. (NFL Rank) 295.2 (28) 344.0 (22)
Rushing Off. (NFL Rank) 125.8 (9) 110.7 (16)
Passing Off. (NFL Rank) 169.4 (31) 233.3 (22)
Total Def. (NFL Rank) 354.0 (15) 433.2 (32)
Rushing Def. (NFL Rank) 79.0 (2) 140.8 (30)
Passing Def. (NFL Rank) 275.0 (23) 292.3 (28)
Kickoff Return Avg. (NFL Rank) 25.6 (5) 22.3 (15)
Punt Return Avg. (NFL Rank) 12.7 (4) 7.4 (20)
Turnover Margin (NFL Rank) +5 (5) +2 (11t)
Penalties 30 35
Penalty Yards 246 280
Opp. Penalties 22 29
Opp. Penalty Yards 174 302

Check out photos of Saints fans showing their support in Seattle for the Week 3 battle against the Seahawks.


  • New Orleans Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis spent 15 years with Seattle, most recently as Executive Vice President from 1992-98. He originally joined the Seahawks in October 1983, as the team's business manager and was promoted to Vice President/finance in 1990
  • Saints National Scout Mike Baugh is a graduate of Central Washington University, who spent eight years in various capacities with the Seahawks from 1992-99 before joining the Saints scouting staff in 2000
  • New Orleans quarterback Taysom Hill prepped at Highland (Pocatello, Idaho) HS
  • Seattle Passing Game Coordinator Andre Curtis served as Assistant Secondary Coach in New Orleans from 2012-14. Saints Senior Defensive Assistant Peter Giunta and Curtis served on the same Giants staff from 2006-08
  • Saints Senior Offensive Assistant/Wide Receivers Curtis Johnson and Seattle Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Line Clint Hurtt served on the same staffs at the University of Miami from 2001-04 and with the Chicago Bears in 2016.
  • New Orleans Vice President/Assistant General Manager/College Personnel Jeff Ireland served as a draft consultant for the Seahawks in 2014
  • Saints National Scout Terry Wooden was a second round draft pick (29th overall) of the Seahawks in 1990 and played for Seattle from 1990-96
  • New Orleans Head Strength & Conditioning Coach Dan Dalrymple went to training camp with the Seahawks in 1987
  • New Orleans Secondary Coach Kris Richard played for Seattle Executive Vice President of Football Operations/Head Coach Pete Carroll when he was head coach at USC in 2001. Richard was a third round draft pick of the Seahawks in 2002, playing for them for three seasons. He started his coaching career under Carroll at his alma mater in 2008, where he also served on the Trojans staff with Seattle Offensive Passing Game Coordinator Dave Canales and Defensive Coordinator Ken Norton Jr. and then served on Carroll's coaching staff in Seattle from 2010-17, handling defensive coordinator duties his final three seasons
  • Saints safety Marcus Williams and Seahawks safety Marquise Blair and linebacker Cody Barton played on the same Utah defense
  • Seahawks Quarterbacks Coach Austin Davis is a Collinsville, Mississippi native who played quarterback at Southern Mississippi
  • Saints running back Dwayne Washington played at the University of Washington from 2013-15, where he played with Seahawks tight end Will Dissly and defensive back Sidney Jones IV
  • New Orleans safety Malcolm Jenkins and Jones were teammates in Philadelphia from 2017-19.
  • Washington and Seattle safety Quandre Diggs were teammates in Detroit from 2016-17
  • Saints tight end Nick Vannett was a third round draft pick of Seattle in 2016 and played for the Seahawks from 2016-19
  • Saints linebacker Demario Davis played for the New York Jets with Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith from 2013-15. Davis and Seahawks safety Jamal Adams were teammates with the Jets in 2017
  • Saints defensive back C.J. Gardner-Johnson, Seahawks wide receiver Freddie Swain and tackle Stone Forsythe were college teammates at the University of Florida
  • Saints linebacker Kaden Elliss played at Idaho
  • Saints defensive end Carl Granderson played at the University of Wyoming
  • Seahawks tight end Gerald Everett played at the University of South Alabama
  • Seahawks WR DK Metcalf played at the University of Mississippi
  • New Orleans TE Juwan Johnson and OL Calvin Throckmorton played at the University of Oregon. Throckmorton prepped at Newport (Bellevue, Wash.) HS and played with Seahawks safety Ugo Amadi in Eugene.
  • Saints punter Blake Gillikin and Johnson played with Seattle cornerback John Reid at Penn State
  • New Orleans Running Backs Coach Joel Thomas played running back at Idaho from 1993-98, served on their coaching staff from 2004-05 and served on the coaching staff at the University of Washington from 2009-12. Thomas tutored Seattle running back Alex Collins at the University of Arkansas
  • Seattle Running Backs Coach Chad Morton was a fifth round draft pick of New Orleans in 2000 and played for the Saints in 2000
  • Saints Defensive Line Coach Ryan Nielsen played for Carroll as a senior at USC in 2001, playing with both Richard and Morton in college and then was a grad assistant under him with the Trojans in 2002. He also coached at Idaho in 2004
  • Saints Offensive Analyst Jim Chaney coached several positions at the University of Wyoming from 1993-96
  • Saints Defensive Coordinator Dennis Allen tutored Seahawks Defensive Assistant/Linebackers Aaron Curry as a player when Allen was head coach of the Oakland Raiders in 2012. Allen also was head coach of the Raiders in 2014, when Seahawks guard Gabe Jackson and linebacker Benson Mayowa played for him
  • Seahawks center Ethan Pocic and guard Damien Lewis both played at LSU, where they played with Adams and New Orleans center/guard Will Clapp
  • Apple and Saints CB Marshon Lattimore played with Seahawks OL Jamarco Jones at Ohio State
  • Seattle defensive tackle Al Woods is a Jennings native and former LSU standout who originally was a fourth round draft pick of the Saints in 2010
  • Saints cornerback Paulson Adebo and Seahawks tight end Colby Parkinson were college teammates at Stanford
  • New Orleans wide receiver Marquez Callaway and Seattle defensive end Darrell Taylor were college teammates at the University of Tennessee
  • Seattle Assistant Wide Receivers Coach Kerry Joseph is a New Iberia native who was a four-year starting quarterback at
  • McNeese State, served as a training camp intern in New Orleans in 2014 and served on the McNeese State (2016-18) and Southeastern Louisiana (2019) staffs before joining Seattle
  • New Orleans Pass Rush Specialist Brian Young and Seattle Defensive Assistant/Defensive Line Damione Lewis were teammates with the St. Louis Rams from 2001-03
  • Seattle Defensive Assistant/defensive backs DeShawn Shead was a member of the Saints in 2019
  • New Orleans defensive tackle Malcolm Roach and Seattle punter Michael Dickson were college teammates at the University of Texas
  • Seattle Associate Head Coach Carl Smith served as offensive coordinator in New Orleans from 1986-96
  • Seahawks Assistant Special Teams Coach Tracy Smith attended LSU
  • New Orleans Center/Guard Cesar Ruiz and Seattle defensive tackle Bryan Mone were college teammates at Michigan

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