Seahawks Vs. New Orleans
Where: Superdome, New Orleans Time: 10 a.m. Television: KING-TV (Channel 5). Radio: KIRO (710 AM, 100.7 FM). Records: Seattle 6-4, New Orleans 3-7. Line: Seahawks by 6. Series: The Saints lead 3-2; Seattle hasn't won since 1985. Previous meeting: Seattle lost 27-24 on the season-opening game in 1991. Connections: Seahawk receiver Daryl Hobbs played for the Saints earlier this year. . . . Defensive tackle Sam Adams' father played for New Orleans in 1981. . . . Ink Aleaga, former University of Washington linebacker, plays for the Saints, as does Mark Fields, ex-Washington State linebacker. . . . Zaven Yaralian, New Orleans defensive coordinator, coached at Washington State.
At stake: This is another game the Seahawks need to win because it is a game they should win. A victory would give them seven and put them just three away from a probable playoff berth. The Saints really have nothing but pride to gain from this game.
What to expect from Seattle: Once again, the Seahawks will try to throw the ball, which could be tough against the Saints, who have eight interceptions and the NFL's third-rated defense. In the end, Seattle might have to run the ball and the most important person could become running back Steve Broussard, who has had his best days in second halves, indoors and on artificial turf.
What to expect from New Orleans: The Saints can stop anybody. They have a good run defense, they have 36 sacks in 10 games and seven times they have held opponents under 21 points. The problem is, they can't score at all. Quarterbacks Heath Shuler and Danny Wuerffel have been sacked 18 times each and New Orleans has scored fewer than 10 points in half of their games.
Key stats/ streaks: Seattle's Todd Peterson has kicked 11 straight field goals, three short of his club record. . . . The league officially awarded Michael Sinclair a sack for his tackle of San Diego quarterback Craig Whelihan on the last play of Sunday's game. He leads the team with 7.0. . . . Seahawk linebacker Chad Brown leads the team in tackles (78) and tackles for loss (11.5). . . . Saints defensive tackle Wayne Martin can extend his club record streak of 106 starts. . . . Center Jerry Fontenot has not missed a game as a professional, starting 96 and playing in 138.
Seahawk notes: Seattle will try to replace injured defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy with Dan Saleaumua. Riddick Parker will back up. . . . Grant Williams is expected to start at offensive tackle for Howard Ballard, who suffered a hairline fracture of his right forearm in practice Thursday. . . . Quarterback Warren Moon was named AFC offensive player of the week. . . . Safety Eric Stokes played well in his first NFL game and received a nomination for AFC special-teams player of the week.Saint notes: New Orleans has the NFL's fourth-best defense - sixth against the run and eighth against the pass. The problem is, they have the 30th worst offense. . . . Only one of the Saints' three this year at home.Injuries: Seattle - DT Cortez Kennedy (ankle), RB Lamar Smith (leg), CB Shawn Springs (thumb) are out. OT Howard Ballard (arm) and S Bennie Blades (back) are doubtful. T Walter Jones (ankle) and P Rick Tuten (pelvis) are questionable. New Orleans - LB Ink Aleaga (calf), FB Wes Bender (hamstring), QB Heath Shuler (toe sprain) are questionable. T William Roaf (toe sprain) and S Rob Kelly (shoulder contusion) are probable.
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