Saints Still Control Control Their Playoff Fate – Just Barely

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Oct 3, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford (8) passes under the pressure of New York Giants linebacker Kelvin Sheppard (91) in the third quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. The Vikings won 24-10. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

The Enemy of My Enemy is My Friend

Regardless of how some of us feel about these teams, the best thing that could happen for New Orleans is that the Cowboys, Seahawks and NY Giants KEEP WINNING.

The Cowboys and Seahawks have large division leads. Let them continue to win, defeating some of New Orleans’ primary competition in the meantime, and worsening those teams’ conference records.

The Giants have a record of 7-3, but have a defeat of New Orleans in Week #2 to their credit, thereby holding the all important “head to head” tiebreaker edge.

Realistically, it is unlikely that the Saints will catch any of these 3 teams in the conference standings, so it will help New Orleans MORE if they instead defeat the other competition around them (like Detroit next week) as Dallas did to Washington on Thanksgiving Day.

And of course: it helps if the Saints’ 3 fellow NFC South division foes — Atlanta, Carolina, and Tampa Bay — get knocked off a few times along the way.