The weather in Seattle for Monday Night Football is supposed to be messy. This should favor the Seahawks rather than the Saints. At kickoff, there is an 83 percent chance of rain and the wind is expected to be 17 miles. This isn’t fun for fans to stand in and clearly isn’t great for football.
In fact, the team that runs the best on Monday should win the game. Neither team trusts its quarterback to throw downfield much. But the biggest reason that rain and wind might help the Seahawks more than the Saints is simply that Seattle is used to playing in wetter weather while New Orleans plays in a dome.
Both teams will enter the game wanting to run more than pass most likely anyway. The Steelers wanted to run the ball as well against Seattle in week 6 and Seattle did a good job of defending it. The issue was that Ben Roethlisberger was getting rid of the ball so quickly that it worked like a run game. I am unsure if Jameis Winston is disciplined enough to do the same thing in week 7.
Rain and wind expected for Seahawks vs Saints
New Orleans does have a more dynamic running back in Alvin Kamara than Pittsburgh had and defending Kamara on short passes will be extremely important for the Seahawks. But if Seattle can do this – and that is a big if – then Winston might let one or two passes float down field. He has a long history of this.
Even in dry conditions, Winston makes silly mistakes so a wet ball with gusty winds should only provide Seattle with more of a chance to get a pick or two. As long as the ball is thrown in anyone else’s area except Jamal Adams, who has serious issues catching the ball, then Seattle’s defense might set the offense up in good position.
Monday could end up being a low-scoring game and turnovers could make the difference in the game. If Jameis Winston rushes a throw or two or tries to force the ball deep then the rain and wet should affect these passes and hopefully at least two end up in the hands of Seattle defensive players.