NFL Watch // Wilson Leads Seahawks' Rout of Saints

words // Brandon Richard

When trying to single out the best team in the NFL at this point, it would be difficult to overlook the Seattle Seahawks, who made their most impressive statement of the season at home against the New Orleans Saints last night.

In front of a raucous crowd that set a Guinness World Record for noise, the ‘Hawks outplayed the Saints in every way imaginable en route to a surprisingly lopsided 34-7 victory. Quarterback Russell Wilson led the way (and threw his name in the MVP discussion) by completing 22 of his 30 passes for 310 yards and 3 touchdowns. He also was the team’s leading rusher with 47 yards on 8 carries.

Equally as important was Seattle’s vaunted defense, which simply shut down one of today’s most potent offenses. In the first quarter, Cliff Avril strip-sacked Drew Brees, which led to a 33-yard touchdown return by Michael Bennett. Brees passed for just 147 yards, his lowest total of the season.

This Sunday, the Seahawks travel to San Francisco, where they’ll play the 49ers in a marquee game with all kinds of playoff implications.

In other Week 13 games, the Detroit Lions took control of the NFC North after beating the Green Bay Packers on Thanksgiving; the Denver Broncos put some distance between themselves in the Kansas City Chiefs after a win in Arrowhead; Nick Foles continued his hot streak in an Eagles win over the Cardinals; the Carolina Panthers eased by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for their eighth-straight win; Tom Brady and the New England Patriots rallied again in Houston; the San Francisco 49ers slowed down the St. Louis Rams in Michael Crabtree’s return; the Dallas Cowboys edged by the Oakland Raiders to maintain their NFC East lead; the Cincinnati Bengals topped the San Diego Chargers to remain ahead of the pack in the AFC North; and the New York Giants kept their playoff hopes alive with a win in Washington Sunday night.

Take a look at some of the football cleats that hit the field in Week 13 in today’s NFL Watch.

NFL Watch // Wilson Leads Seahawks' Rout of Saints

Russell Wilson wearing Nike Lunar Superbad Pro

Russell Wilson // Nike Lunar Superbad Pro

Marshawn Lynch wearing Nike Vapor Talon Elite 3/4

Marshawn Lynch // Nike Vapor Talon Elite

Reggie Bush wearing Nike CJ81 Elite TD

Reggie Bush // Nike CJ81 Elite TD

Lance Dunbar wearing Nike Alpha Pro 3/4 TD

Lance Dunbar // Nike Alpha Pro TD

Joe Flacco wearing Nike Huarache 4

Joe Flacco // Nike Huarache 4

Rob Gronkowski wearing Nike Zoom Hyperfly

Rob Gronkowski // Nike Zoom Hyperfly

Ace Sanders wearing Nike Zoom Vapor Carbon Fly 2

Ace Sanders // Nike Zoom Vapor Carbon Fly 2

Darius Heyward-Bey wearing Nike Lunar Superbad Pro TD

Darius Heyward-Bey // Nike Lunar Superbad Pro

Greg Jennings wearing Nike Super Speed TD 3/4

Greg Jennings // Nike Super Speed TD

Brian Hartline wearing Nike Vapor Pro Low TD

Brian Hartline // Nike Vapor Pro Low

LeSean McCoy wearing Nike Lunar Superbad Pro

LeSean McCoy // Nike Lunar Superbad Pro

Steve Smith wearing Under Armour Mercenary 2

Steve Smith // Under Armour Mercenary 2

Matt Ryan wearing Nike Zoom Code Elite Turf

Matt Ryan // Nike Zoom Code Elite Turf

Michael Crabtree wearing Air Jordan 12 PE Cleats

Michael Crabtree // Air Jordan 12 PE

Rey Maualuga wearing Under Armour Nitro Icon

Rey Maualuga // Under Armour Nitro Icon

Andre Brown wearing Nike Alpha Pro Low

Andre Brown // Nike Alpha Pro Low

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