Home-field advantage could be on the line in this one, with the Saints just one game behind the Seahawks. New Orleans improved to 9-2 with a 17-13 win over the Falcons, officially eliminating Atlanta from the playoff race. Seattle is 10-1, but the bye week has not been kind to them. Brandon Browner, already out with a groin injury, was slapped with a one-year suspension, and Walter Thurmond III also got suspended for four games. That leaves the Seahawks thin in the secondary against Drew Brees' deadly passing attack.
Despite those issues, the Seahawks remain heavy favorites at home. Five out of six experts at SB Nation picked the Seahawks, with Joel Thorman the only one taking the Saints. Over at ESPN, 10 of 12 analysts picked Seattle, which is also a big favorite at CBS Sports, where all eight writers took the Seahawks.