The Advocate’s predictions for Saints-Seahawks The Advocate’s predictions for Saints-Seahawks New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees calls a timeout in the second half of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Scott Eklund) Advocate staff report Jan. 20, 2014 Comments Sheldon Mickles: S eahawks 30, Saints 21 Because of the way the Saints handled things in the wild-card game last week, it wouldn’t be a shocker if they won. But the Seahawks are a different animal, especially at home. The Saints defense is getting perilously thin because of injuries, and that could catch up to them here. Ramon Antonio Vargas: Saints 27, Seahawks 24 The Saints’ running game has been effective and the defense stingy. There’s ample precedent for a No. 6 seed beating a No. 1 on the road as well as a team being blown out by an opponent in the regular season, then beating them in the playoffs. Add the 2013 Saints to those lists. Scott Rabalais: Seahawks 17, Saints 13 The showdown of division leaders Dec. 2 on “Monday Night Football” quickly turned into a blowout, but the Seahawks aren’t that much better than the Saints. New Orleans will play with confidence, Seattle will play with pressure, and bad weather is always an equalizer.