My pick was actually published in today’s paper — Seahawks 27, Saints 16.
So yeah, I’m riding with the Seahawks again for the 12th straight week. That obviously means I’m 10-1 on the year, as are the Seahawks themselves.
This pick, though, does feel a little more tenuous than most.
Mostly, that’s because New Orleans is a good team — probably the best overall team that is also in a good emotional and physical state — that the Seahawks have faced to date.
Having not played since Thursday, the Saints should also be well rested, and the fact that Seattle had a bye last week probably becomes pretty irrelevant as a result.
But there are also some issues facing the Seahawks Monday night — specifically, the losses of cornerbacks Brandon Browner and Walter Thurmond and going against what is one of the best passing offenses in the NFL.
Seattle players and coaches spent the week saying none of what happened last week will be a distraction and that they are confident in the players stepping in to do their jobs. They also pointed out that other than the manner in which the losses happened, it’s really no different than losing players to injuries for a few games. Seattle has obviously proven often this year it can overcome injuries, rarely playing this season at full strength and still managing the best record in the NFL.
It’s temping to wonder if the suspensions coupled with the late-week news that Percy Harvin also may not play, will be too much to overcome against a good team that also has a lot on the line.
But Seattle has won 13 in a row at home, where New Orleans offense may also not feel real comfortable in the wind and rain.
Until someone proves otherwise, there’s no reason to pick against the Seahawks at CenturyLink Field.