NFL Network Host: Nobody Wants To Play Saints, Patriots

Don't be surprised if the Super Bowl is a battle of the 3-seeds, Cole Wright says

After Hours With Amy Lawrence
December 30, 2019 - 10:14 am
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The 2019 postseason slate is set, with the San Francisco 49ers (13-3), Green Bay Packers (13-3), Baltimore Ravens (14-2) and Kansas City Chiefs (12-4) earning a first-round bye.

But don’t be surprised if the Super Bowl winds up being a battle of the 3-seeds: the New Orleans Saints (13-3) and the New England Patriots (12-4).

“Nobody wants to play (them) because those teams are battle-tested,” NFL Network host Cole Wright said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “We’ve seen it before, and we’ve seen what they can do, especially when they have a head of steam and a home crowd right behind them.”

The Patriots host the Titans (9-7) this Saturday at 8:15 p.m. ET, while the Saints host the Vikings (10-6) this Sunday at 1:05 p.m. ET. New England has won 10 straight playoff games at Gillette Stadium.

“It’s going to be tough for anyone to go into New England and get a W, and the Tennessee Titans, their work will be cut out for them,” Wright said. “But the silver lining in that dark cloud that’s going to be looming over Foxboro is the way that Ryan Tannehill has played.”

Tannehill has completed 70.3 percent of his passes for 2,742 yards, 22 touchdowns and six interceptions in 12 games. He’s also rushed for four scores and is 7-3 as a starter.

The Saints, meanwhile, get a rematch with the Minneapolis Miracle Vikings, who enter the playoffs having lost back-to-back games.

“These two teams, if that ends up being the Super Bowl, a battle of the 3-seeds, don’t be surprised,” Wright said of the Patriots and Saints. “We can see New England and New Orleans just like that. I think that’s the Super Bowl that a lot of people wanted to see a season ago.”