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Bet on the NFL  The first game of the playoff season will be this Saturday at 4:30PM Eastern Standard at Seattle. There is a lot of heat heading into Washington this weekend as the Seattle Seahawks kick off the postseason excitement as the only team to enter the playoffs with a losing record. They hold the biggest longshot deficit odds of wining the Super Bowl title this year, but they have let it be known that they are not going down without a fight. They will host the reigning Super Bowl champs the New Orleans Saints this weekend, on their own home turf. Coach Pete Carroll has recently announced that they will be going with veteran quarterback Matt Hasselbeck as the starter for this Saturday. The decision was made based on the lack of experience Charlie Whitehurst has under his belt. The New Orleans Saints, surprisingly, have some concerns coming into the weekend.

For instance, and this is important to note when placing your Super Bowl bets:

The Saints have a depleted backfield as they head to Qwest Field. Top rusher Chris Ivory and previous leading rusher Pierre Thomas had recently returned from injuries but Ivory went on the injured reserve list just this last Tuesday due to a problem with his left foot. It looks like Thomas will be missing the playoffs due to an injured ankle. Ivory had rushed 23 times for 99 yards and a score in the November 21st victory, so it looks like Reggie Bush and the former Seahawk athlete himself, Julius Jones will be handling the bulk of the carries.

Although it may look like they have got it in the bag, the Saints are not looking forward to dealing with Hasselbeck who has won his last four home postseason starts, in addition to throwing a season high 366 yards vs. the Saints. He has two best games in terms of passing yards over the past six seasons that have come against the Saints, including a 362 yard achievement on October 14th, 2007. Pete Carroll is positive the Seahawks will put up a good fight this weekend, and knowing the Saints’ weaknesses will only help Seattle’s odds.


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