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Five questions and answers with a Saints beat writer

Post by Todd Dybas / The News Tribune on Jan. 10, 2014 at 11:21 am with 14 Comments »
January 10, 2014 1:21 am

Larry Holder of the Times-Picayune was good enough to answer five questions about the game for us.

Do you buy into this building narrative that the Saints are some form or running team now or was that more a one-week thing against the Eagles?
The Saints would like to be this running team they saw last week against Philadelphia. They were a top-six rushing team in 2009 and 2011 and having an effective Mark Ingram can keep teams guessing. But the sense I get in the locker room is that the Saints understand running against Seattle will be tougher than running against Philadelphia.

Drew Brees had one of his least effective games in years, at least in yardage, the last time the Saints were here. How does he usually respond to a down night for him or the offense?
Well Brees threw for 313 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions at home against Carolina the week after the Seahawks beatdown. So I’d say Brees responds pretty well. There’s no doubt Brees has been burning the midnight oil studying the Seahawks, especially the way Seattle took away any deep or intermediate shots downfield in early December. I expect a more potent Brees this time around.

Do you think the Saints’ banged-up secondary is the unit New Orleans fans should have the most concern about?
It’s a concern, but not as big of a concern with cornerback Keenan Lewis likely ready to play after being forced out of the Eagles game with a head injury. Losing players like Jabari Greer and Kenny Vaccaro have been a blow to the defense. No question. Yet the Saints have been able to play through the losses of key starters to maintain a potent pass defense.

What are the Saints doing different to try and communicate better in CenturyLink Field?
Some players will continue to wear the earpieces they used in Week 13. Jahri Evans said he’s played at CenturyLink with and without them and the pieces definitely help the crowd noise. I’m not sure if they used the giant cue cards like last time to help with personnel groupings. My guess is the Saints try to simplify things rather than complicate them.

What’s your pick for the game and why?
Seahawks 24, Saints 20 — Do I think the Saints have more of a shot to topple Seattle this time around? No doubt. But like my pick last week where I took the Saints over the Eagles, I’m going with who I think is the better team. I think that’s the Seahawks.

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  1. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Seahawks 42, Saints 14

  2. Seahawks 27, Saints 17

  3. Glad to see he’s objective. Not a saints homer that says they’re going to go up and win.

    I think the main concern is getting through the saints offensive line. They made that squad look like a turnstile last time around, iirc (admittedly though, the one play that stands out in my mind is when Bennett scored and gyrated right after.

    I think the interior defensive line is the most critical part of the game.

  4. RDPoulsbo says:

    Seahawks 31, Saints 23

  5. Pretty cool interview here, Holmgren with Payton. I noticed at the end that Mike did not wish him luck in the game tomorrow. Still a Hawk at heart.

  6. jchawks08 says:

    Listening to KJR and Ian Furness is plugging Todd Dybas for a 12:45 radio interview: Furness: “And at 12:45 from The News Tribune we’ll have Todd Dybas, beat writer for the Seahawks on the air. You got to love someone with a bad attitude, who’s cynical and funny and also a big Hawks fan.”
    Thought that was pretty spot on. :D

  7. jchawks08 says:

    Peeps are throwing out score predictions. I’m going with 31-13. I think the Saints have a single TD in them. And they’ll sneak a few FG’s in there as well.

  8. Seahawks 31-10

  9. GeorgiaHawk says:

    The experts are getting ready for their predictions-

  10. Man, oh man….Is anyone else as nervous for this game as I am? I swear I have not been more excited and nervous for a game than this one.

  11. jchawks08 says:

    I am amazingly pretty even keel. I’ll be nervous tomorrow starting when I wake up.

  12. raymaines says:

    I’m not at all nervous. The’Hawks are the better and are team playing at home. I know injuries happen, and on any given Sunday…, blah, blah, blah, but all we want is for the Seahawks to play like they should and things will turn out okay. We don’t need lucky breaks, or for NO to crap on themselves or anything like that. So no, I’m not nervous.

  13. We should definitely win this one, as I think NO pass defense will be exposed once again. I don’t think they’ll shut down Beast like last time either, since Ryan hinted that they were too aggressive in trying to contain Lynch. But that also means we’ll most likely have our running game going and our play action game in full effect.

    Wilson runs more brazenly in the playoffs, I noticed last year, and will make some huge plays with his legs. I just hope he doesn’t get hurt, but he gets it. It’s do or die in the playoffs so RW sells out and puts it on the line. Hawks 27-17.

    I’ll be more nervous next week for the NFCCG.

  14. hawkfaninoklahoma says:
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