The Saints have Drew Brees and the NFC's most explosive offense. They have an uncoverable red zone threat in Jimmy Graham and a better-than-you-might-think defense. They're also 9-2 this year and clearly among the contenders to make the Super Bowl out of the NFC.
Because the Seahawks have yet to lose at home — also they're really good — they open as 5-point favorites. The Seahawks are 7-4 against the spread this year and 3-2 at home. The Saints are 6-4-1 against the spread this year, but all of their failures to cover the spread are on the road, where they're 1-4.
Going back a little longer, it seems betting on the Seahawks might be the way to go: they're 13-5 against the spread in their last 18 games, according to Odds Shark.
These two teams haven't played in the regular since 2011, so it's hard to cull relevant data from previous head-to-heads. The 'Hawks didn't have Russell Wilson back then, but the most iconic moment in recent Seattle sports history did happen at Qwest Field against the Saints, so there's that.
The over-under is set at 47 points, but it will be interesting to see how the betting plays out as we get closer to an expected freezing, potentially rainy kickoff.
Odds Shark predicts that the Seahawks will cover and to bet the over.