Seattle travels to New Orleans to face the Saints in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome for the first time since 2010. If someone had not watched the Seahawks' previous game but only saw the final score, bewildered reactions must certainly have resulted.
New Orleans enters this game on a two-game winning streak after starting 0-3. Kansas City has alternated winning and losing from week to week. Both won divisional games last week, as the Saints outlasted the Panthers 41-38 at home and the Chiefs beat the Raiders 26-10 on the road.
Defending NFC champion Carolina limps into the Mercedes-Benz Superdome seeking its first victory in a month. The Panthers, who have won the NFC South each of the past three seasons, look nothing like the steamroller they were in 2015 en route to a 14-0 start. Carolina has lost three games in a row, the last two coming against divisional foes Atlanta and Tampa Bay.
This decade-old rivalry will be renewed just as it was 10 years ago: in the third game of the season, in the Superdome and on “Monday Night Football.” It also marked the formal return of the Saints to New Orleans after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.
Sean Payton’s gamble to run a surprise onside kick in Super Bowl XLIV will forever be remembered as a defining moment for the New Orleans Saints. Last weekend Payton got a taste of his own medicine, as the head coach on the other sideline made a gutsy decision to go for two with the game on the line. Jack Del Rio’s call worked out and the Raiders beat the Saints 35-34.
The Black and Gold opens the franchise's 50th year of its NFL existence by hosting the Silver and Black. Both teams look to improve on their 7-9 records in 2015. The Raiders seek their first winning season since playing in Super Bowl XXXVII after winning the AFC in 2002.