Sep 9, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) prepares to throw a pass against the Washington Redskins during the second half of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Redskins defeated the Saints 40-32. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
In just a few hours from now at 12 p.m. Central standard time, the New Orleans Saints will have a showdown with the defending and 3-consecutive time NFC South division champion Carolina Panthers.
The loser of today’s game will find themselves in a much deeper hole than they began the day with; and for all intent and purposes is most likely out of any relevant playoff conversation for the remainder of the 2016 season.
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The Saints have lost their last 3 contests against Carolina, and have not fared well at home inside of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome against ANYONE for that matter, in over 2 seasons.
There are a lot of reasons to still be excited about this year’s version of the Black and Gold, however.
The biggest reason of all?
Because the Saints have only played 4 games, and in spite of their disappointing (1-3) start, they remain very much alive and in contention for a post-season berth at the end of this season.
Another reason is that the are in the NFC, which except maybe for the undefeated (5-0) Minnesota Vikings thus far, doesn’t appear to have any team that would be considered “dominant”. In other words, the NFC Playoff picture at this point is still wide-open.
In fact, there are 5 reasons that I can give you why I think that the Saints WILL in fact make the NFL Playoffs, by the time that the 2016 season is complete.
So with Halloween right around the corner (surely you’ve seen all of the bags of candy on display at your local grocery store) and to get in the early Halloween spirit, lets look at five reasons why I think the Saints will be “scary” for the opposition, and are poised for a strong run at a post-season berth by the time that the season is over.
Starting first with this one……..