Seahawks look to future, not past against Saints

Seahawks look to future, not past against Saints
Seattle Seahawks tight end Zach Miller (86) scores a touchdown as New Orleans Saints' Curtis Lofton (50) and Ramon Humber (53) look on in the first half of an NFL football game, Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Scott Eklund)

SEATTLE -- The Seahawks and Saints are very familiar with each other. That's because they've already squared off once this season. Seattle crushed New Orleans 34-7 on December 2nd at CenturyLink Field.

The game was only a little over a month ago, but it's already a distant memory for the Hawks.

"It's the first thing I addressed in our team meeting when we came back together," said Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll. "What's happened in the past doesn't tell the story of what's going to happen in the future. You have to have a discipline to (think like) that."

That's easier said than done -- just ask wide receiver Doug Baldwin. He caught 4 passes for 77 yards and a touchdown against the Saints in December.

"It goes against human nature," Baldwin said. "At the same time, we've been in this position so many times in our lives and football in general that you eliminate that thought anyways. We're not going to take this for granted, because we know how talented those guys are on the other side of the ball."

Forget Baldwin's stats in the first meeting.

Forget Michael Bennett's 22 yard fumble return for a touchdown.

Forget holding future Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Brees to just 147 passing yards and a single touchdown.

Forget that the Seahawks kept the Saints to just seven points; their lowest scoring output since 2008.

Forget it all. None of it means a thing anymore.

"You have to look at it for the truth that it is," said Seahawks safety Earl Thomas. "So many plays last time could have gone their way. Obviously, we learned from our past. We've beat a team before and lost the second time we played them. We're definitely aware that if we're not on our game, you can get beat anytime you step out."

Two of the Seahawks' three losses this year came against teams - San Francisco and Arizona - they beat in their first matchup of the season. Even if it means erasing their memory, Seattle is determined to not let that happen again this weekend.

"We know (the Saints) are at their ready," said Carroll. "It's going to be a big matchup. We're really looking forward to it."