After fighting their way to a tie 6-6 in Week 7, Earl Thomas III and the Seattle Seahawks (4-1-1) plan to get back in the win column against the New Orleans Saints (2-4) on Sunday afternoon.
No. 29 and his defensive counterparts have been on a roll the past few weeks and will look to continue playing exceptional defense against another top-notch offense. Facing a high-octane passing attack like that of the Saints is never easy, especially on their home turf at the Superdome.
Drew Brees and the Saints will pose a challenging task for ETIII and Co. as they rank second in the NFC in total points scored, averaging 421.7 yards and 29.3 points per game. The future Hall of Fame quarterback has many weapons at his disposal, such as talented wideouts Brandon Cooks, Michael Thomas and Willie Snead, as well as 6-foot-6 tight end Coby Fleener.
But the Seahawks are confident as usual in their abilities to stop any offense in the league. Cornerback Richard Sherman had some fun in this week’s press conference. Ahead of Halloween weekend, Sherman dressed up as a wizard from Harry Potter, and even named his all-Seahawks Quidditch team—featuring ET III as the seeker.
“When you’re a wizard like we are out here, sometimes you have to show it to the Muggles out in the world. We’ve got a lot of wizards — my son’s a wizard, Earl Thomas does some magical things,” Sherman said. “The seeker of the Golden Snitch would be Earl Thomas III, because he’s always got laser focus and he’s very good at getting the ball. His hand-eye coordination is excellent. He has excellent focus and attention to detail. He’d be able to get that snitch for us in a timely manner and he’d be able to battle off the other seeker.”
The Saints quarterback has faced plenty of talented defenses in his 16 years in as a pro, but Brees has a ton of respect for the continued success of the Legion of Boom. Consistency is hard to come by in the NFL these days, and as Brees explains it, what Earl and the Seahawks defense have been doing over the years has been remarkable.
“Obviously I feel like I’ve faced some good [defenses],” Brees told reporters in New Orleans this week. “I’ve faced a lot of really good players, and different teams get rolling at different times. But these guys over the last four or five years, I think it’s rare to have a stretch of time where you just have so much consistency on one side of the ball. Not just the players that are there, but just in their performance. It’s been pretty remarkable.”
Similar to David Johnson, who the Seahawks had to deal with containing last Sunday, New Orleans’ running back Mark Ingram is also a viable threat in the passing game. The talented back has accounted for 22 catches and a couple receiving touchdowns on the season to compliment his 334 rushing yards.
Earl and L.O.B. have only allowed 14 points per game this year after allowing 15.7 on average over the last four campaigns. Head coach Pete Carroll values the importance of the sustained success his defense has had over the years, especially when considering their points-against average is a touchdown lower than the NFL average of 22.9.
“To me, that’s what you’re trying to accomplish, to show that you can do stuff really well for a really long time,” Carroll said. “That’s much more important to me than having some big, spiked year, where you have big stats and all that kind of stuff. Show that you got it together to keep coming back and keep coming back and keep coming back, and they can’t do anything about it.”
Sunday’s game is slated to kick off at 10 a.m. PT from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and will be broadcasted on FOX.