Monday Night Football in Week 7 features the New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks. This would have been a pretty good matchup if Russell Wilson was under center, but we’re going to have to deal with Jameis Winston vs. Geno Smith.
That’s not to say this can’t be a good game. Winston has been playing better than most people expected this season, and Geno has been serviceable filling in for Russ.
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Just don’t expect anything too mind boggling from Geno. He is being asked to be a game manager until Wilson returns, and then he can go back to holding a clipboard on the sidelines.
The Seahawks are coming off a hard-fought loss against the Pittsburgh Steelers in overtime, 23-20. Smith passed for 209 yards and a touchdown in the decent effort.
They dropped to 2-4 with the loss and it’s clear who the Seahawks need back. Wilson had 10 touchdowns and 1 interception on 72% passing before going out of commission.
The Saints are coming off a bye week following a 33-22 win against Washington. They’ve been good, but just don’t have the extra gear to go on a Super Bowl run. New Orleans are going into Monday night at 3-2. Head below for our free Saints vs. Seahawks prop bets.
Geno Smith Total Passing Yards
Nope you are not going to find Geno Smith bombing the ball out frequently. That’s not what his assignment is with the Seahawks.
If he’s able to do that then great, but the Seahawks want him to be more of a manager than anything. Take what the defense provides and don’t force anything.
He was able to do that last week against the Steeelers and nearly came up with an upset. Smith passed for 209 yards and a touchdown on 71.9% completions.
After taking over for Russ against the Rams, he passed for 131 yards with a touchdown and interception on 10 of 17 passing.
Wilson had 152 yards with a touchdown and interception on 11 of 16 passing before exiting. If Geno played the full game, he likely easily has more than 200 yards passing.
Having said that, the weather forecast is calling for an ugly night with rain and wind. It should be a tricky night for the quarterbacks. Expect a lot of action on the ground for the Seahawks, with Smith keeping everything underneath.
D.K. Metcalf Total Receptions
D.K. Metcalf has clearly been Geno Smith’s favorite target since stepping on the field for the Seahawks this season. Metcalf has made 31 receptions for 441 yards and 5 touchdowns this season.
He had a big game in Smith’s first appearance two games back against the Rams. Metcalf reeled in 5 receptions for 98 yards and 2 touchdowns.
In his first game as the full time starter with the Seahawks, Metcalf was targeted frequently. He had 7 targets for 6 receptions and 58 yards.
When Smith drops back, he’s likely looking at Metcalf first. He has been most comfortable with him, and it’s never a bad idea to give Metcalf a jump ball. Expect him to go for at least 5 receptions in poor weather tonight.
Alvin Kamara Total Rushing Yards
A poor weather game shouldn’t deter the Saints from moving the ball in this one. With a workhorse like Alvin Kamara on the field, they are set up well for a bad weather game in Seattle.
Kamara is going to be called on often tonight, and that can’t be a negative for a Saints team with a runner like him in the backfield.
Kamara is going into Monday night with 368 yards and a touchdown on 94 carries. We’ve seen him in better form in the past, but I think this is a good spot for him to carry for a lot in Seattle.
He is going to see ample opportunities in the rain and wind. It’s going to be against a Seattle defense that has been struggling to stop the run.
The Seahawks are 30th in the NFL with 140.8 rushing yards allowed per game. They’ve been getting pushed around up front, and it’s likely not improving tonight. Look for Kamara to eclipse 100 yards on the ground.