Suspensions Savage Seattle Seahawks Secondary

The Seattle Seahawks have the best record in the NFL right now, but are they the best team in the league? Maybe not, following the recent suspensions of two of their cornerbacks. The New Orleans Saints hope to take advantage when they visit CenturyLink Field for Monday Night Football. The NFL lines have New Orleans getting six points (–115) with a total of 47 for the primetime showdown. The Seahawks (10-1 SU, 7-4 ATS, over 6-5) announced on Tuesday that CB Walter Thurmond was given a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. In addition, CB Brandon Browner is reportedly facing a one-year suspension for violating said policy. Browner is expected to appeal, but is already uncertain to return this season due to a groin injury suffered in Week 10. Seattle has the top-ranked defense in the league in terms of efficiency, but the Saints (9-2 SU, 6-5 ATS, under 6-5) hope their No. 3-ranked offense can take advantage of the weakened Seahawks secondary. A win on Monday night (8:30 PM ET, ESPN) would put New Orleans in position to take down the top playoff seed in the NFC, and home-field advantage all the way up to Super Bowl XLVIII.