NEW ORLEANS (9-2) at SEATTLE (10-1)
Monday, 5:40 p.m. PT, KONG 6/16
OPENING LINE -- Seahawks by 6
RECORD VS. SPREAD -- New Orleans 6-4-1, Seattle 7-4
SERIES RECORD -- Tied 6-6
LAST MEETING -- Seahawks beat Saints 41-36, Jan. 8, 2011
LAST WEEK -- Saints beat Falcons 17-13; Seahawks had bye
AP PRO32 RANKING -- Saints No. 2, Seahawks No. 1
SAINTS OFFENSE -- OVERALL (3), RUSH (23), PASS (2)
SAINTS DEFENSE -- OVERALL (5), RUSH (25), PASS (3)
SEAHAWKS OFFENSE -- OVERALL (12), RUSH (3), PASS (24)
SEAHAWKS DEFENSE -- OVERALL (2) RUSH (16), PASS (2)
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES
- First meeting between teams since 2010 NFC divisional playoff game won by Seahawks and punctuated by Marshawn Lynch's 67-yard touchdown run late in fourth quarter. Saints were 10-point favorites and defending Super Bowl champs.
- Saints QB Drew Brees has won nine straight starts on Monday night with 123.6 passer rating.
- Last week Brees moved into fifth place in NFL history in yards passing with 49,566.
- RB Pierre Thomas leads NFL with 531 yards after catch.
- Thomas is second in NFL in receptions by running back with 56. Darren Sproles is fifth with 48.
- TE Jimmy Graham has six 100-yard receiving games, tied for most in NFL history in single season by tight end.
- Saints have allowed three sacks in last three games.
- Saints tied with Buffalo for lead with 37 sacks, had five in last game vs. Falcons.
- DE Cameron Jordan leads team with 9 1-2 sacks, tied for seventh in league.
- Saints rank third in yards passing allowed.
- Seahawks have won franchise record 13 straight at home.
- Seahawks are 19-8 in Monday night games and 8-1 under Carroll in prime-time regular-season games.
- QB Russell Wilson coming off career-best 151.4 QB rating in victory over Minnesota in Week 11.
- Wilson has 21 regular-season wins in career. Next win will tie him with Ben Roethlisberger for most by QB in first two seasons.
- Lynch was held to 54 yards rushing by Minnesota but had 125 and 145 in two previous games. He's fourth in NFL with 925 yards rushing. Needs 75 to reach 1,000 for fifth time in career.
- WR Percy Harvin was in on 19 offensive plays and two special teams plays in first game with team in Week 11. Had one reception and 58-yard kickoff return.
- Seahawks have forced 26 turnovers this season and are 24-3 under coach Pete Carroll when winning turnover margin.
- Seahawks without starting CB Walter Thurmond, suspended four games for violating league's policy on substance abuse. Team already without CB Brandon Browner due to groin injury. Byron Maxwell and Jeremy Lane expected to fill those spots.