NFL Picks: Saints vs. Seahawks

Steven Suarez

Friday, November 29, 2013 1:42 PM GMT

Friday, Nov. 29, 2013 1:42 PM GMT

You couldn't ask for a much better Monday Night Football showdown than this. Will Drew Brees' Saints or Russell Wilson's Seahawks grab the win tonight.

Odds Overview

CenturyLink Field, as usual, will be rocking on Monday and the NFL odds are definitely in Seattle's favor as of now. The Seahawks are favored by anywhere from 4.5 to 6 points at the sportsbooks, while the total is holding steady at 47.

Seattle enters with 10-1 SU and 7-4 ATS records, while New Orleans is 9-2 SU and 6-5 ATS. You can find all of these statistics, along with the updated NFL betting lines, at SBRodds.com

New Orleans Saints

Following consecutive home wins over Dallas (49-17) and San Francisco (23-20), the Saints proved they could get it done on the road too with a 17-13 win over Atlanta on Thursday Night Football.

Though New Orleans' backers were left frustrated (-7.5), the Saints did enough to win and that's all they care about. They've still got a one-game cushion on Carolina in the NFC South.

In the victory, Drew Brees completed 23-of-33 passes for 278 yards and two touchdowns, with Jimmy Graham catching five balls for 100 yards and a score. Pierre Thomas had 130 all-purpose yards.

The Saints looked good defensively once again, keeping up the momentum that coordinator Rob Ryan has built up since coming to town.

No surprise that New Orleans is ranked so high (third) in total offense, but Ryan's influence has helped the team rank fifth in total defense, an unbelievably huge improvement from last season's unit that struggled immensely.

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Seattle Seahawks

The Seahawks have been killing it all season, with their only hiccup coming on the road (28-34) against Indianapolis in a game they could have easily won. They've gotten past every other test so far.

We last saw Seattle in action two weeks ago in a 41-20 home win over the Vikings.

Making quick work of the Vikings, Russell Wilson was 13-of-18 for 230 yards and two touchdowns, with one caught by Doug Baldwin and the other reeled in by Marshawn Lynch. Lynch added 54 yards and another two rushing touchdowns in the comfortable win.

The Seahawks defense was opportunistic once again, forcing four turnovers in all. For the season, they're ranked second in the league in total defense, having allowed only 293.3 yards of offense per game.

It will be interesting to see how Seattle copes against a highly efficient New Orleans offense. Will the extra week of preparation pay off for Pete Carroll? We'll find out soon enough.

NFL Pick

These two teams haven't met since 2011's thrilling encounter when the Seahawks won 41-36 at home. Matt Hasselbeck was the starting QB for Seattle at the time and threw four touchdown passes, while Lynch ran for 131 yards and a score. For New Orleans, Brees passed for 404 yards and two touchdowns.

Much has changed since that game, especially for the Seahawks, who have quickly become one of the true Super Bowl contenders in the NFL.

We know how good they are at home, but will they prove it once again against another legitimate powerhouse in New Orleans? Perhaps, but getting six points with a team like the Saints is too good to pass up.

Seattle hasn't been completely dominant at home, as they struggled in wins over Tampa Bay and Tennessee. With that said, we'll take Brees and company to make a game of it and cover as our NFL pick for this game.

Pick: New Orleans Saints +6

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