Monday Night Football reaction: Saints squeak out ugly game, stick a fork in the Seahawks

New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara (41) celebrates after the Seattle Seahawks defeated the Seattle Seahawks at Lumen Field.
Photo of Andrew Ortenberg

Andrew Ortenberg

NFL· 1 month ago

Show Bio

I'm an editor here at Pickswise who was raised in a household full of sports fanatics. Since I unfortunately never had LeBron James' jumping ability I wasn't able to make it to the NBA, and chose writing about sports as the next best thing. An avid sports bettor myself, I'm excited to get to write about the industry as it gets set to take off across the country. Buckle up.

That wasn’t the best primetime game we’ve seen all year, but at least it was a close one that came down to the wire. Week 7 of the NFL season wrapped up with Monday Night Football, and it was the furthest thing from a shootout. In the end, the New Orleans Saints came in and beat the Seattle Seahawks in their own stadium by a final score of 13-10.

The game, like Sunday Night Football the night before, was effected by some rain in the area. New Orleans didn’t always look great, but it improved to 4-2 anyway. The Seahawks now have their backs up against the wall at 2-5.

Let’s digest what we just saw, and what it means moving forward:

Saints win, but don’t impress

It wasn’t pretty, but the Saints got a road win which is never easy. New Orleans is now 4-2 and looks to be very much alive in the NFC playoff race. But despite the solid record, I’m not too encouraged about their long-term prospects. Monday Night Football certainly doesn’t have me feeling better about them even though they emerged victorious.

Somehow, this passing game has even less upside than it did with a rapidly aging and noodle-armed Drew Brees last year. Jameis Winston had 222 yards on Monday night, and that was actually one of his highest outputs of the season. They looked great in their opening win over the Packers, but ever since that I haven’t been impressed with the Saints.

Their other wins have come against Washington and the Patriots. Meanwhile, they lost to the Giants and got destroyed by the Panthers, who look like two bottom-tier teams right now. The defensive front is still solid as ever, but they can get beat for some explosive plays through the air.

Sean Payton is capable of having this team finishing .500 or a bit above, but I just don’t see a very high ceiling for them. The schedule is about to toughen up considerably, as they will play the Buccaneers this coming week. Games against the Bills and Cowboys also loom over the next handful of weeks. I certainly won’t be buying any Saints futures in the near future….

Stick a fork in the Seahawks

It’s just that kind of year for the Seahawks. They were dealt a brutal blow with Russell Wilson’s injury, and now have dropped to 2-5. At this point, it’s pretty much over. The conventional wisdom has been that Wilson is targeting sometime around Week 10 for a return, but at that point it likely won’t matter.

The Cardinals are 7-0 and the Rams are 6-1. I think it’s safe to say the Seahawks won’t be contending for the NFC West title. This loss to the Saints cements that. But I don’t see how they make a run for a wild-card spot, either. To be fair, Geno Smith has had a tough couple of matchups in his first starts as a Seahawk.

Getting the Steelers and Saints, both in primetime, is rough. But Smith hasn’t given us any reason to believe he’ll be able to spark some magic. Even with DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett at his disposal, the results have been pretty bleak. Smith threw an 84-yard touchdown to Metcalf on his first pass of the game (Metcalf did most of the work).

After that throw? He went 11-of-21 for 83 yards while taking 5 sacks. Factoring in the 38 he lost on those sacks, Smith had 45 net yards after his touchdown. They’ve got a softer spot against the Jaguars next week. But their next two games after that, the first ones potentially with Wilson back? Against the Packers and Cardinals.

We can stick a fork in the ‘Hawks. The Saints officially ended them.

Pickswise is the home of free NFL Picks and NFL Odds. Check out the latest NFL Prop Bets and NFL Parlays as well as expert NFL Underdog Picks and NFL Computer Picks.

See All
FanDuel Sportsbook

$50

Get $50 Free - No Deposit Required!

Register for a FanDuel Sportsbook account

Receive $50 in site credits to use on Sportsbook

No Deposit Required!

Winnings paid as CASH. 21+ and new players only. Full terms available at FanDuel Sportsbook.

DraftKings

$100

Win $100 if any team scores a point in any NFL, NBA, CFB, or CBB game!

Register for a new DraftKings Sportsbook account

Bet $1+ any NFL, NBA, CFB, or CBB game Money Line

If your team wins, you will be issued a $100 free bet bonus!

Must be 21+ located in AZ, CO, CT, IA, IL, IN, MI, NJ, PA, TN, VA, WY or WV to play. Offer valid only for new customers. Full terms available at DraftKings Sportsbook.

BetMGM

$200

Bet $10, Get $200 If Your Team Scores A Touchdown!

Register for a new BetMGM account & deposit $20+

Bet $10 on your team to win Money Line

Win $200 in free bets if your team scores a touchdown

21+. Terms & conditions apply.

PointsBet

$200

Bet $20, Get $200 If Your Team Scores A Touchdown!

Register for a new PointsBet account & deposit $20+

Bet $20 on your team to win Money Line (NFL or NCAAF)

Win $200 in free bets if your team scores a touchdown

Caesars Sportsbook

$1,001

Get a $1,001 Free Bet!

Register for a new Caesars Sportsbook account & make a deposit

Place your first bet up to $1,001

Win or lose, you'll receive a free bet matching your initial stake - up to $1,001!

21+. Terms & conditions apply.

BetRivers

$250

Get a $250 Deposit Bonus!

Sign up for a new BetRivers account using promo code PICKSWISE

Make a deposit & get it doubled up to $250 total

To get a $100 bonus, deposit $100

Must be 21+. Play in IA Only. Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-BETS OFF

BetMGM

$1,000

Get a $1,000 Risk Free Bet!

Register for a new BetMGM & deposit

Place your first bet up to $1,000 risk-free!

Get refunded up if you lose up to $1,000

21+. Terms & conditions apply.

FanDuel Sportsbook

$1,000

Get a $1,000 Risk Free Bet!

Register for a new FanDuel Sportsbook account & deposit

Place your first bet up to $1,000 risk-free!

Get refunded up if you lose up to $1,000

21+. Terms & conditions apply.

DraftKings

$1,000

Get a $1,000 Deposit Bonus!

Register for a new DraftKings Sportsbook account & deposit

DraftKings will match 20% of your deposit up to $1,000 total

To get a $100 bonus, deposit $500

21+. Terms & conditions apply.

Unibet

$500

Get a $500 Risk-Free Bet!

Register for a new Unibet account & make a deposit

Place your first bet up to $500 risk-free!

Get refunded up if you lose up to $500

New players only. Terms & conditions apply. 21+. VA only.

Monkey Knife Fight

$100

Claim 100% Instant Deposit Match up to $100!

Register for a Monkey Knife Fight account & deposit using promo code PICKSWISE100

Monkey Knife Fight will match your first deposit up to $100

Deposit $100 and you'll get $100 bonus + a free $5 game

18+. Terms and conditions apply. You must live in one of the states where real money DFS is legal.

TVG

$300

Get a $300 Risk-Free Bet with TVG Racebook!

Register for a new TVG account and make a deposit

Place your first single horse win-type bet up to $300

If your horse doesn't win you'll get a refund up to $300

21+. T&C's apply. Please gamble responsibly.

BetAmerica Racing

$200

$200 Sign Up Bonus!

Fast, reliable and fast payouts - you'll have your money in 72 hours, if not sooner!

Proud history of providing safe, secure, and fun betting to American patrons

BetAmerica is owned by the iconic Churchill Downs Incorporated, home of 150 years of wagering history and the world-famous Kentucky Derby

Players who sign up using ‘BET200’ code will get a $200 sign up bonus. Offer valid for 7 days after registering on BetAmerica Racing product only. 21+. T&C's apply. Please gamble responsibly.

TwinSpires

$400

Get a $400 Risk-Free Bet on the Breeders' Cup!

Register for a new Twinspires account using offer code PICKS400

Place a bet on the Breeders' Cup

Receive a refund if your first bet loses up to $400

21+. T&C's apply. Please gamble responsibly.