The New Orleans Saints will chase the franchise's second playoff road win this afternoon when they square off against the Super Bowl favorite Seahawks at CenturyLink Field in Seattle. Today's Divisional Round clash between the Saints and Seahawks is scheduled to get underway at 4:35pm ET on FOX. Updated NFL Odds from offshore bookmaker Sportsbook.ag have Seattle listed as a -7.5 home favorite and the Over/Under set at 46 points.
Seattle is considered by many to be the league's top team and for good reason. The Seahawks led the NFL in both points and yards per game allowed during the regular season with 14.4 and 273.6 averages, respectively, and they were tied for eighth in the league with a 26.1 point per game average.
Pete Carroll's squad proved especially dangerous within the confines of CenturyLink Field, which is largely considered the most intimating outdoor venue in all of football. Seattle did experience a rare home slip up in a Week 16 meeting with NFC West rival Arizona, falling 17-10 to the Cardinals after posting just 10 first downs and 192 total yards, but it had won 14 straight at home prior to that contest.
New Orleans is certainly no stranger to the Seahawks home prowess as it suffered a 34-7 loss in Seattle when the two clubs hooked up in a December 2nd Monday Night Football showdown.
The Saints usually effective offense tallied just 12 first downs and 188 yards as Drew Brees completed 23 of 38 passes for 147 yards. While New Orleans struggled to move the ball, Seattle excelled at it, posting 429 total yards and a 6.2 yards per play average.
Rarely does an NFL team suffer back to back humiliating losses to an opponent; however, it was evident from their previous meeting the Saints have a lot of ground to make up in order to compete with the Seahawks at CenturyLink Field.
Some would say New Orleans' Wild Card win at Philadelphia last weekend points to it covering some of that territory, but the team had too many road blemishes for one game to wipe them clean. Going into the Eagles game the Saints had lost five of their previous six road games and they had not defeated a winning team away from home all season long.
Notable Trends: The Seahawks are 5-0 both straight up and against the spread in their last five games as a home favorite with a spread between 4 and 7.5 points.
Saints vs Seahawks NFL Odds:
New Orleans Saints +7.5 (-110), Over 46 (-110), +270 (Moneyline)
Seattle Seahawks -7.5 (-110), Under 46 (-110), -340 (Moneyline)
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