The New Orleans Saints will play the Seattle Seahawks in a massive Monday Night Football game in Week 13 of the NFL 2013 regular season. These are the two top teams in the NFC this season and have a combined record of 19-3. The game will start at 8.40 p.m. ET and can be watched online through free live stream (details below).
It's the top of the NFC South against the top of the NFC West for tonight's big game, and arguably the Saints will see this as more important to win than the Seahawks.
The Saints are currently top of the NFC South with a 9-2 record, however, they are being chased by the 9-3 Carolina Panthers. A loss today would see them tie with the Panthers on a win percentage of .818 and would throw the race for the division title wide open. With the Panthers surging at the moment, the Saints cannot lose this if they want to maintain sole possession of the top position in the division.
Meanwhile, the Seattle Seahawks are top if the NFC West with a record of 10-1 and are way out ahead of the second placed San Francisco 49ers who are on 8-4. Even a loss today wouldn't really dent their chances of taking the division title.
Both teams are almost guaranteed of making the postseason now, but both will want to navigate an easier route through the playoffs by being division winners rather than entering through a Wild Card spot.
Home field advantage could be the difference here for the Seahawks, and most would have them out in front as slight favorites to win this one.
The Seahawks come into this game on the back of a Bye Week and should be well rested and have had time to prepare for this big game. They are on a six game win streak right now, and they will want to maintain that good form all the way through into the postseason. They have not lost since a Week 5 defeat on the road to Indianapolis on Oct. 6 when they lost 28-34. That has been the only blip in their otherwise perfect season.
Many are touting tonight's match up as Drew Brees vs Russell Wilson. Wilson is 176 of 275 for 2,362 yards and 19 touchdowns. Wilson has led the Seahawks to the 2nd ranking in the NFL for total points scored per game (27.8 points). Much of their success has been on the rush though, and they are ranked 2nd in the league in that department, posting 147.9 yards on the ground.
Meanwhile, Brees is 300 of 439 for 3,647 yards and 28 touchdowns. He has led the Saints to a 3rd ranking in the NFL for total points scored per game (27.7 points), as well as 3rd in the league for total yards gained per game (415 yards).
However, unlike the Seahawks who have been rush heavy in offense, the Saints have been relying on the arm of Drew Brees in taking apart opposition defenses. The Saints are ranked 2nd in the league for pass offense, posting an average of 317.3 yards in the air per game – second only to Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos.
Tonight's big Monday Night Football game will start at 8.40 p.m. ET and can be watched on TV on the ESPN network or online through free live stream by clicking here.