The 2013 NFL live streaming and televised matchups for week 13 finish up with a Monday Night Football battle that many fans have been looking forward to. In the latest edition of MNF, two of the best teams in the NFC, and arguably the NFL, will clash on the field, as the New Orleans Saints vs. Seattle Seahawks takes place with plenty on the line for both teams. The latest TV and live stream NFL matchup on the schedule arrives courtesy of ESPN for sports fans to enjoy.
According to ESPN.com in a Dec. 2 game report, the Seahawks are riding a thirteen game home winning streak, but will be without two defensive backs against Drew Brees and the Saints. Walter Thurmind was suspended last Tuesday by the NFL for his next four games due to violation of the substance abuse policy in the league. Starting cornerback Brandon Browner is also out due to a groin injury. Despite the injuries, there's plenty on the line here as Seattle has just one loss on the year and wants to have home field advantage in the playoffs. Head coach Pete Carroll told the media:
"We're still trying to work through it. I'll say it again, I've always found myself looking for guys that maybe other people don't see something special in and we take a chance on a guy here or there that needs some extra consideration and care. And sometimes guys they have issues and things pop up but I've always been kind of hopeful and make guys find the best in them and bring it out. Sometimes it works out and sometimes it doesn't."
The Seahawks may have home field for tonight's game but will face a tough passing game from Drew Brees, who currently is second overall in the NFL for both passing yards and touchdowns. Brees only trails one other highly-prolific quarterback, Peyton Manning, which could indicate a showdown on the Super Bowl is on the way. However, Seattle's defense has been the league's best, holding opponents to just 180.4 passing yards a game, while they hold opponents to 112.9 rushing yards as well. That's not to mention Seattle's own rushing attack which ranks second in the league, as they average 147.9 yards per contest thanks mainly to Marshawn Lynch and quarterback Russell Wilson.
New Orleans enters this matchup at 9-2 overall and first in the NFC South division, with two important matchups against the second place Carolina Panthers still to come. These three games may show exactly whether or not the Saints are for real in terms of being a Super Bowl contender, or if another team, such as the Seahawks or Panthers will be reaching the big game for the NFC. Surprisingly, New Orleans is not just one of the top two passing teams in the league, but also one of the top three in terms of pass defense. Their rushing defense also ranks fifteenth, so this could be a prime opportunity for them to take advantage of Russell Wilson and the defensive injuries at Seattle.
Despite the injury situation, odds makers give the edge tonight to Seattle at home, as the Seahawks opened as 4 1/2 point favorites and have risen to as high as 6 point favorites. The over/under opened at 46 total points for the game, and has since settled to about 48 points at various books. Weather forecasts indicate mostly cloudy skies with a 40% chance of early rain showers, a kickoff temperature near 40 degrees and a wind chill of 33.
Monday Night Football featuring the New Orleans Saints vs. Seattle Seahawks will have a start time of 8:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time from CenturyLink Field in Seattle. The game will be televised on cable and satellite TVs across the country via ESPN in hi-definition. ESPN will also provide live streaming online presentation of the game through their broadband sports network, WatchESPN. See more details here about how to watch online as well as any device restrictions or regional blackouts.