The Seattle Seahawks took command of the NFC last night (Monday) with an emphatic 34-7 victory over the New Orleans Saints.
Billed as a battle of two of the leading contenders in the Conference, the match-up did little to strengthen the claims of Sean Peyton’s side as legitimate contenders to win the Super Bowl.
It’s hard to see anyone stopping the Seahawks however, as they moved to 11-1 with the win at CenturyLink Field – two clear of the Saints and Carolina Panthers in the standings and three ahead of NFC West rivals the San Francisco 49ers.
Behind their improving quarterback, Pete Carroll’s side are legitimate contenders to go the distance this season, and they made a quick start on MNF that left Drew Brees & Co stunned.
Russell Wilson threw for 310 yards and three touchdowns total, but it was the defence who made the first major mark on the match, forcing a fumble from the Saints QB and taking it back for six points.
It was 17-0 before the end of the quarter as Zach Miller caught a 60-yarder, then a short one in the red zone for the touchdown.
Jimmy Graham helped get the visitors back in the game with two big catches – one in the end zone – but it only offered brief rest bite for the Saints, who were on the back foot throughout.
Doug Baldwin’s score just before half-time effectively ended the contest, completing an 84-yard drive in just one minute, 52 seconds.
Derrick Coleman then scored the first TD in the third quarter off a tipped eight-yard pass, as everything that could go wrong, did for the Saints – they move to 9-3 with the loss.
Both teams face tricky matches next week, with the Panthers (9-3) travelling to the Superdome in Louisiana and Seattle making the trip to divisional rivals the 49ers (8-4).