The Saints and Seahawks open the Division round of the NFL Playoffs on Saturday, January 11th when they collide at CenturyLink Field in Seattle. Kickoff in the Week 13 rematch is set for 4:35pm ET; coverage of the game will be provided by FOX. The opening Saints vs Seahawks 2014 NFL Playoff Prediction point spread from Sportsbook.ag has Russell Wilson and company listed as a -7.5 home favorite. The NFL Odds game total in Saturday’s meeting between New Orleans and Seattle is set at 47.5 points.
New Orleans Saints vs Seattle Seahawks Odds (-7.5, Over/Under 47.5): New Orleans suffered five losses during the regular season, but only one team really embarrassed Drew Brees and company and that was Seattle. When the Saints and Seahawks for a Monday Night Football showdown on December 2nd, Seattle came away with an easy 34-7 victory at CenturyLink Field.
New Orleans, which averaged almost 26 points per game this season, finished the night with 12 first downs, 188 total yards, and a 3.4 yards per play average. As for Brees, he completed 23-of-38 passes for 147 yards in the ugly loss. Conversely, the Seahawks racked up 23 first downs and 429 total yards as Russell Wilson connected on 22 of his 30 pass attempts for 310 yards and three touchdowns.
Obviously the result of that game has influenced the line on this weekend’s contest, but not all that much as New Orleans was listed as a +6.5 road dog in the first meeting. Perhaps, the Saints performance in Saturday’s Wild Card win over the Eagles as well as the Seahawks 2-2 finish to the season has kept the spread under 10 points.
New Orleans win over at Lincoln Financial Field, whether or not it influenced the odds makers, had to provide a jolt of confidence for a team that had dropped five of its last six road outings. The victory also served as the first playoff road win in Saints history. Confidence or no, taking care of business against the Eagles is different than dealing with the Seahawks, though, particularly in Seattle.
Philadelphia’s defense has been rather porous this season while Seattle fields the league’s stingiest unit. Seattle gave up an average of 273.6 yards and 14.4 points per game this season and only one visitor to CenturyLink Field scored over 20 points.
Notable Trends: The Under is 9-1 in the Seahawks last 10 games as a home favorite with a total between 47.5 and 51 points. 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.
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Saints vs Seahawks Point Spread 2014 NFL Playoff Prediction: Provided by Sportsbook.ag
New Orleans Saints +7.5 (-110), Over 47.5 (-110), +260 (Moneyline)
Seattle Seahawks -7.5 (-110), Under 47.5 (-110), -320 (Moneyline)