1. The Seahawks run defense must stop Alvin Kamara
The Seahawks defense has struggled against the run this season, giving over 140 yards a game this season. Alvin Kamara is averaging about 74 yards a game on the ground, good for 10th in the NFL. Kamara has been one of the best backs in the league overall because of his versatility as not just a runner, but a running back who can make big catches out of the backfield.
With Michael Thomas likely still out with an injury, expect Kamara to receive lots of touches in this game, as the Seahawks will need to contain this key offensive player.
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2. Geno Smith vs. the Saints defense
The Saints have been successful at forcing turnovers this season, particularly in the secondary. Their defense is 3rd in interceptions this season with 9 interceptions, and they are +5 in turnover margin.
Geno Smith has already had problems protecting the football late in games, throwing an interception in a crucial drive against the Rams, and then losing a costly fumble in overtime against the Steelers. Geno Smith will need to do a better job of protecting the football versus a team that thrives off taking the ball away from their opponents.
3. The Saints run defense against the Seahawks running backs
New Orleans has been tough against the run this season, allowing the 2nd fewest rushing yards per game (79 yards per game). The Seahawks recently showed a strong rushing attack against the Steelers, as Alex Collins rushed for over 100 yards.
This new Seattle identity to the run the football will be put to the test on Sunday, as they face one of the league’s toughest rushing defenses. The Seahawks ground attack kept them in their game against the Steelers on Sunday night, but this week the running game could be in for a rough day.