The NFC’s divisional round will start in Seattle as the Seahawks host the New Orleans Saints. In Week 13, these two teams squared off on Monday Night Football in Seattle. Seattle dominated from start to finish and buried New Orleans, 34-7. Seattle QB Russell Wilson threw for 310 yards and 3 TDs in arguably his most impressive performance of the season. Seattle limited QB Drew Brees to just 147 yards and 1 TD and TE Jimmy Graham to 42 yards and 1 TD.¬†New Orleans’ seven points are the lowest output by a Sean Payton team.¬†Seattle easily covered the 6.5 point spread and many backers are expecting a similar outcome this weekend.

Soon after New Orleans’ victory over Philadelphia, Seattle opened as an eight point home favorite. Seattle has been a very popular super bowl pick and the odds have been in their favor since the regular season. Marshawn Lynch was used sparingly in his team’s Week 13 win, but Lynch had a memorable playoff performance against New Orleans three years ago. Expect both teams to make adjustments as both Lynch and Brees should exceed their Week 13 yardage output. Seattle has some of the most passionate fans in football and is still the favorite to represent the NFC in this year’s New York Super Bowl. I think Seattle wins this week, but New Orleans will cover the spread.

Prediction: Seattle 24 New Orleans 17