With running backs Chris Ivory and Pierre Thomas played on season-ending, injured reserve this week by New Orleans, Ryan Divish of The New Tribune writes that it looks like Julius Jones and Reggie Bush will shoulder the load on Saturday for the Saints.
Yes, we’re talking about the same Julius Jones who the Seahawks released earlier this season after two-plus years of so-so results in Seattle.
But Jones is running behind a much better offensive line than he ever had with the Seahawks, and he does not have to be counted on to carry that offense, just provide some hard running in-between the tackles to keep the defense honest and let Drew Brees do all the work.
Divish notes that Jones has been used sparingly by New Orleans – 48 carries for 193 yards in 10 games.
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Dave Boling of The News Tribune writes about the surprising production from defensive end Raheem Brock so far. Brock had nine sacks during the regular season, and the duo of Brock and Chris Clemons have combined for 20 sacks, third-highest in the league.
Pete Carroll remains coy about who will start at quarterback on Saturday.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com takes a closer look at the New Orleans Saints.
Mike Mayock of the NFL Network does a nice job of breaking down Mike Williams skill set as a receiver in this video link.
NFL Network analysts Rod Woodson, Brian Billick, Marshall Faulk and Kurt Warner discuss some possible X-factors in Saturday’s game in this video link.
The NFL Network’s Pat Kirwan offers four things to look for in Saturday’s Hawks-Saints contest.
Steve Wyche of the NFL Network gives Seattle the edge over New Orleans at Linebacker and on special teams, otherwise it's all check marks for the Saints.
Don Banks of Sports Illustrated ranks all 12 playoffs teams, so you can guess where Seattle sits -- dead last. He also calls it were-just-happy-to-be-here time in the Emerald City.
ESPN John Clayton talks about why Julius Jones will be he lead back for New Orleans in this audio link.
Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune says the Bears are focusing most of their film study on the Saints in anticipation of a match-up with them in the next round of the playoffs.
Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times writes about how Lawyer Milloy has served as a mentor for Earl Thomas.
Tim Booth of the Associated Press writes that the Seahawks defense has shown improvement with the Saints coming to town on Saturday.
Doug Farrar of Sportspressnw.com writes that New Orleans has excelled because general manager Micky Loomis and head coach Sean Payton have been willing to take a chance on players from small school like running back Chris Ivory (Tiffin), receiver Lance Moore (Toledo) and right guard Jahri Evans (Bloomsburg).
ESPN’s Mike Sando lays the groundwork for how the Seahawks might come up with an improbable win on Saturday.
James Varney of the New Orleans Times-Picayune writes that OT Russell Okung vs. DE Will Smith will be a key match-up on Saturday.
Jeff Duncan of the New Orleans Times-Picayune writes that Reggie Bush is ready to shoulder the load after his team’s recent injury issues at his position.