Once the Saints defeated the Eagles 26-24 on Saturday, their mindset went straight to Seattle.
The Saints know that their road to the Super Bowl will have to come on the road, and this week will be a very tough outing for the Saints when they have to go back on the road in Seattle.
Sean Payton, the head coach of the Saints, has stressed to his team that they can win this game. On Tuesday during practice, Payton painted the practice facility with the Seahawks logo and used a crowd noise machine to simulate the crowd noise in the Seattle Seahawks’ CentryLinks Field.
“We’re just trying to create the exact environment. The crowd noise, field, everything, as best we can,” said Payton to WWLTV.
The last time these two teams squared off, the Saints were blown out in Seattle 34-7 on Monday Night Football, and the Seahawks fans set the Guinness World Record for crowd noise.
In that game, Saints quarterback Drew Brees completed only 60 percent of his passes and had a 77.4 passer rating. New Orleans finished with just 188 total yards, the fewest since since 2003, three years before Brees came to the franchise. The Seahawks possessed the ball for nearly 7½ more minutes than the Saints.
The Seahawks defense ended the season with a league best 39 takeaways, including 28 interceptions. Seattle also has the best overall defense; they are the only NFL team to allow less than 300 total yards per game.
According to ESPN Stats and Information, Brees has thrown for at least two interceptions in three consecutive road games for the first time in his professional career.
“Being resilient. Having a resilient team. Having a team that doesn’t have a panic button. We can overcome, because defensively we’re built that way. Offensively we’re built that way,” Brees explained to the media after Tuesday’s practice.
The Saints and Seahawks rematch is scheduled for Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on FOX.
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