Oct 30, 2016; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (13) runs from Seattle Seahawks cornerback DeShawn Shead (35) during the second half of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints defeated the Seahawks 25-20. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
This Saints squad is improving every time they take the field. They have played their best football of the season within the last month, and the confidence shows in the young players.
They have stared down both of last year’s Super Bowl participants (Carolina and Denver), as well as the team that won the NFC title the two previous years to that (Seattle), and nearly walked away with 3 victories.
The schedule sets up favorably for New Orleans as well. Four of their remaining games are against divisional foes (Thursdays game against the Panthers, the finale against Atlanta, and 2 games against Tampa).
The 3 games other than that are against the Rams, Detroit and Arizona, all teams with similar records looking to make a playoff push of their own.
Despite the fact that four of the final seven games are on the road, the (4-5) Saints still currently hold their own destiny in their hands.
These Saints are different — and that means that you can expect to see a much different Saints team in this stretch run, than the one we’ve seen the previous two seasons.
Yes, it’s true: they aren’t that talented in some spots, but what they are is “battle-tested” — and after last week’s disappointment, you can now add angry and focused as well….