Nov 1, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton and quarterback Drew Brees (background) during the first quarter of the game against the New York Giants at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Matt Bush-USA TODAY Sports
It was only just a few weeks ago that the New Orleans Saints rallied from an 0-3 start to their season, by winning four of five games to get back to .500 and in the hunt for the NFL Playoffs.
Since then, they have dropped the last two games to the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers in both heartbreaking and even infuriating fashion.
The slump dropped the Saints’ record to (4-6) and on the brink of missing the playoffs for the third consecutive season.
This team is still very much alive for a post-season berth, with all six of their remaining games against fellow NFC foes.
Five of this teams six losses were by less than 1 score — a combined 15 points.
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Bumbled kick returns, costly turnovers, an undermanned defense, brain-numbing penalties and pathetic field goal / PAT execution has left the Saints in a situation much worse than just a “must win” game against the Los Angeles Rams today at 12:00 P.M. CST on Fox.
The New Orleans Saints face a “win or else” situation.
Win, or else they are all but eliminated from any postseason opportunity. Sure, maybe not mathematically, but their realistic chances will be about as appetizing as Thanksgiving leftovers one week from now.
As in: not at all.
Win, or else yet another fine season from Drew Brees is essentially wasted.
Nov 17, 2016; Charlotte, NC, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) passes the ball as Carolina Panthers defensive end Charles Johnson (95) defends in the first quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
Win, or else the weekly progress this very young team has made goes awry, and becomes a risk to become completely derailed.
The Los Angeles Rams are also (4-6) coming into today’s game, but this could not be a bigger contrast between two opponents. Today’s game day breakdown will outline some of these differences and highlight what to expect in this “elimination” game between 2 former NFC West rivals.
Starting first with this one…..