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Could the Saints be marching in?…The Playoffs!!!??


For a team that started 0-4, it seems unbelievable. For a team that lost both of its star running backs, it seems impossible. But can it happen? Absolutely! Currently the Saints are behind both the Giants and the Vikings in competing for the two NFC wild card spots. For the Giants to clinch they must either win one of their two remaining games or have the Saints or Redskins lose.

This struggling Giants team has to play at Buffalo and then host New England. They lost to Washington in a horrible performance on their most recent outing. It seems as if they are poised to back into the playoffs as a second rate team YET again. Think twice, there might not be any playoffs for the G-men. Buffalo is a solid team that will give New York their money’s worth. If Eli and his receiving core do not get their act together, put a point in the win column for Buffalo.

The Giants then have the pleasure of hosting the undefeated Patriots for the final game of the season. If the Patriots beat Miami this week, does anyone seriously consider them having a letdown versus the Giants to complete a perfect season? Absolutely not. For the Vikings to clinch, they must either win out or have the Saints and Redskins lose. This Sunday, the Vikings host the Redskins in what should be at worst a competitive game. The week after, they play at Denver. Although the Broncos have underperformed this year I seriously doubt Mike Shanahan will let his team be a rollover.

So where could this leave the Saints? In the playoffs!! They need to win out. This week New Orleans hosts a Philadelphia team who just came off a huge win against Dallas. Personally, I was unimpressed with the “W”, but that is another topic. Despite, Philly’s recent achievement, the Saints are still favored to win at home. And why shouldn’t they be!? Brees has looked great these past few games. Stecker has answered the run game questions.

Colston is amazing. I think it’s safe to say the Saints offense is back ticking again. Their only weakness is their defense, more specifically the secondary. Whose job will it be to exploit that secondary? Donovan McNabb. For some reason this season I feel the Saints have nothing to worry about as McNabb prepares himself to be traded in the off-season due to under performance. Even in the win, he looked no where near his normal self. Therefore, the only riddle to the Eagles is solving Pro-bowler Brian Westbrook. I think that will be no problem as the Saints have the 8th best run defense giving up less that 100 rushing yards a game. A solid linebacker core will snuff out Westbrook’s screen game as well.

If the Saints manage to get past the Eagles that leaves only the dismal Bears to stand in their way for the final game of the season. I would be highly surprised if the Bears were able to play spoiler with a less than average defense and Kyle Orton as their starting quarterback.

So could the Saints find themselves in the playoffs? If they keep playing well, you had better believe it.

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