It is pretty simple for the New Orleans Saints at this point. Despite a disappointing two-game losing streak against the Carolina Panthers and St. Louis Rams where New Orleans’ trouble on the road popped up again, the Saints still have the opportunity to play in the postseason. It is certainly not the ideal situation to be in or the one imagined by fans just a few weeks ago when New Orleans was sitting at a comfortable 10-3, but it is doable.
The Saints’ playoff hopes are pretty straightforward: New Orleans can clinch a playoff spot with either a win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers or a loss by the Arizona Cardinals. The Saints can also clinch the NFC South with a win and with the Panthers losing to the Atlanta Falcons.
I for one would have liked to see them secure at least the no. 2 seed in the NFC as their past history of playing on the road in the playoffs has not been great. The recent losses to the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park and the loss to the Seattle Seahawks that saw the “Beast Quake” run spring to mind.
New Orleans is also kind of banged up as far as injuries go too. Quarterback Drew Brees was listed on that injury list for the first time this season with an undisclosed knee injury, and plenty of others were listed as well such as Pierre Thomas, Jahri Evans and Marques Colston.
Still, I fully expect the Saints to make the playoffs. I just have no idea where to expect them to end up as far as seeding. At this point, it’s still up for grabs by anybody. It’s a great day to be an NFL fan.