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Garic: Saints want the Seahawks to be sleepless in Seattle

Kristian Garic
September 22, 2019 - 12:43 pm

The Saints have a daunting task taking on the Seattle Seahawks this afternoon in Century Link Stadium while facing their biggest adversity of the young season. The Saints are without their Hall of Fame quarterback, Drew Brees, while he recovers from thumb surgery. Back up Teddy Bridgewater hopes to be the bridge over troubled waters as New Orleans navigates their schedule.

Brees will not even be on the sidelines for the game as he did not make the trip to Seattle.

So the Saints shouldn’t have a chance right?  Not so fast. 

Four years ago, I would have agreed with that statement.  However, Today’s Saints roster is built for life after/without Drew Brees. The black and gold also have the benefit of curtailing a game plan that suits Bridgewater’s skill set. 

In Sean Payton we trust. 

The Seahawks are 2-0 on the season, and have one of the best home field advantages in the NFL. The game plan is simple for New Orleans. Get off to a fast start and keep the “12th man” quiet. The Seahawks are going to want to run the football against the Saints. Last year, they led the league in rushing. So far, the Saints run defense has been leaky.

But likewise for the Saints, running the football effectively will go a long way in getting a win. A rushing attack will take pressure of Bridgewater, and slow down Seattle’s pass rush. The players have said all week, they trust and believe in Bridgewater. I believe them!

Each player doesn’t have to do more, just go out and play their game. 

Taysom Hill figures to get maybe a dozen plays at quarterback today. Hill typically gets about five-to-six plays a game at QB when Brees is healthy. I expect that to increase. He’s such a weapon that I don’t know why the Saints wouldn’t employ him in that roll, more so today than ever before.

If the Saints pull off this upset, it will be put the rest of the NFL on notice.

Because winning without Drew Brees against the Seahawks would be impressive.

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