With Divisional weekend kicking off today, we wanted to set up a spot for reactions to Saturday’s games. Here’s our quick previews:
Saints (12-5) at Seahawks (13-3) — Winning in Philly is one thing, but can the Saints take their show on the road in the most raucous NFL stadium? When the Saints came to Century Link in December, the Seahawks crushed them 34-7. Beyond the advantage of the Twelfth Man, the Seahawks boast what might be the league’s best secondary and a defensive line that can give the Sons of Anarchy a run for their money. Russell Wilson saw no sophomore slump, completing 63.1% of his passes for 3357 yards along with 26 scores and 9 interceptions. Multi-million dollar man Percy Harvin is magically healthy and expects to play Saturday after being limited much of the season due to offseason surgery. While Rob Ryan did a commendable job in his first year with the Saints, can he slow down Marshawn Lynch again while simultaneously stopping Seattle’s pass attack?
Colts (12-5) at Patriots (11-5) — After winning a shootout last week against the Chiefs, Andrew Luck and T.Y. Hilton head on the road to take on the Patriots in what will be a hostile environment for the plucky Colts. This time though Belichick will have a more stable and somewhat healthier secondary to help even out his team’s play. Still, will it be enough to stop the Colts next version of Reggie Wayne in Hilton? Hilton has been targeted 33 times in his last two games totaling 379 yards and two scores. What’s worse, Hilton is being used in four locations on the field, making it harder for defenses to get a single look on the dynamic receiver. Meanwhile, Brady’s Patriots might be holding this year’s team together with duct tape, but it has worked to push them to a 11-5 record and a bye. Can the Patriots experience manage to hold off a young Colts team who seems to be getting hot at the right time?