Once again the Seattle Seahawks have gotten the upper hand on the New Orleans Saints. This time it was in a result of a trade that sent All-Pro tight end Jimmy Graham to the Seahawks in return for center Max Unger and a 1st round pick. The move rocked the Who Dat Nation to its core. However it did not stop there, the Saints also traded up and coming wide receiver Kenny Stills to the Miami Dolphins for another draft pick and linebacker Dannell Ellerbe. Due to the result of those losses that leaves Brees with only two legitimate targets on offense in Brandin Cooks and Marques Colston.
The rivalry between these two franchises may not be relevant in the league today but it is slowly developing. The origin of this quiet rivalry started during the 2010 season when the Saints were coming off a Super Bowl Championship run and were expected to dismantle the Seahawks in the wildcard round of the playoffs. However Pete Carroll and the Seahawks had other plans as the 7-9 ball club went blow for blow with the defending Super Bowl Champions. As many of you know the final blow to the Saints in 2010 was the epic “Beastquake Run” by Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch.
Fast forward to 2013 both clubs had winning records when they faced each other on Monday Night Football. The winner of that match up was expected to be the front runner to represent the NFC in Super Bowl XLVIII. Like the previous matchup Brees and the Saints were dismantled once again in front of the noisy confines of Century Link Field 34-7. The difference between the 2013 and 2010 matchup is that the Saints did not even show up to play in the regular season game against the Seahawks that night. Drew Brees was pressured all night long against the Seahawks vaunted pass rush.
The Saints would still have a chance to avenge their 2010 loss to the Seahawks but once again fell victim to another “Beastquake Run” and loss the game 23-14. The Seahawks went on take apart the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII 43-8 which resulted in the Seahawks first ever Super Bowl Championship in team history. Drew Brees has pretty much dismantled ever team in the NFL except for this one. For some reason he cannot figure out how he can dissect the defense that Tom Brady shredded in Super Bowl XLIX.
Hopefully Brees took note of what Brady did and capitalize on it. Right now Drew Brees should be focusing on how he can get the Saints back into Super Bowl contention with the possibility of facing the Seahawks once again in the postseason whether it is at home or away. He doesn’t need to worry about passing records because he has pretty much broken every record in the book. Drew Brees along with Peyton Manning does not have anything else to prove in regards to being listed as one of the league’s all-time greats.
He may not have the explosive weapons on offense such as Jimmy Graham and Kenny Stills but he is still capable of turning average receivers into potential nightmares for defensive coordinators. Every great quarterback has had a demon that they have had to deal with in their careers. Some slayed their demons while others did not. For Peyton Manning it was Tom Brady and Bill Belichick who he finally expelled in the 2006 AFC Championship Game 38-34. Joe Montana lost to his demon the New York Giants when Leonard Marshall delivered the blow that would change the balance of power in the NFC for the next 20 years.
Now it’s Drew Brees turn to slay his demon in the Seattle Seahawks. It’s still way too early to predict the 2015 season but the Saints will most likely be the favorites to win the NFC South. With that being said it is very likely that the Saints may head down to Century Link and deal with juggernaut known as the Seattle Seahawks. Brees better play lights out because the window is slowly closing. And one more thing the Saints won a Super Bowl before Jimmy Graham came to New Orleans.
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