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Saturday, January 8, 2011
The day ahead

By Pat Yasinskas
ESPN.com

SEATTLE -- I’ll be heading over to Qwest Field shortly for Saturday afternoon’s game between the Saints and Seahawks.

One thing to keep an eye on today will be the weather. Outside the window of my hotel, which is just a few miles from the stadium, it’s been very cloudy all morning. It’s not raining at the moment, but it rained much of last night and the forecast says there is a chance of rain, maybe even snow, all day. Game-time temperature is expected to be somewhere between 35 and 40 degrees, so that could force the Saints, who are short on running backs, to run the ball more than they’d like.

I’ll get you the inactives after I get into the stadium, but we already know the Saints will be without injured safety Malcolm Jenkins, tight end Jimmy Graham, linebacker Danny Clark and defensive tackle Anthony Hargrove.

NFC West colleague Mike Sando and I will bring you news, notes and analysis on our blogs before and after the game. During the game, we’ll join Scouts Inc.’s Matt Williamson on Countdown Daily, which essentially is a live chat, where we’ll throw out our thoughts and you can hit us with questions. All the information you’ll need for Countdown Daily will be posted on this blog an hour or two before kickoff.