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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; DIVISION LEADERS Falcons 10-1 Giants 7-4 Bears 8-3 49ers 8-2-1 WILDCARD LEADERS Packers 7-4 (I don't think we can surpass them) Seahawks 6-5 (still have SF and @Chicago) IN THE HUNT Bucs 6-5 (we play them at home) Vikes 6-5 ...

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Old 11-26-2012, 09:24 AM   #1
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Playoff Picture - Its quite possible

DIVISION LEADERS
Falcons 10-1
Giants 7-4
Bears 8-3
49ers 8-2-1

WILDCARD LEADERS
Packers 7-4 (I don't think we can surpass them)
Seahawks 6-5 (still have SF and @Chicago)

IN THE HUNT
Bucs 6-5 (we play them at home)
Vikes 6-5 (brutal schedule, may not win another game)

Saints 5-6
Cowboys 5-6 (we play them @ Dallas)
Redskins 5-6


Seahawks and Redskins worry me the most. Redskins still have to play Baltimore and NY, but the rest of their schedule is a cakewalk.

I'd say we have about a 50% shot at making the playoffs.
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Old 11-26-2012, 09:26 AM   #2
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Re: Playoff Picture - Its quite possible

With the loss to the 49ers at home, I think we have no breathing room. Atl and NY on the road are going to be tough.
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The thing about the Giants is that, if they keep and hold onto this "two game" lead they have in their division, then I could kind of see their game against us suddenly becoming one of those games that they don't really "need"...and thus, it might be something where they kind of pull back, take their foot off the gas, or phone it in a little bit...close up the playbook a little...ease up on the film study prep time...try and stay injury free....

We've all seen it happen before...games where it's absolute do or die for one team, it's "their Super Bowl," and the other team doesn't really "need" to win that day, so they just sort of play vanilla and ease up on the gas a little bit...

Who knows, the Giants may go kinda easy on us, LOL. Especially if they think they might face us again, as a wild card, why on earth would they show us everything in their deck, if they don't really need the win against us that day? We'll have to see what happens -- but you know coaches really do think about things like this.
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Old 11-26-2012, 11:11 AM   #4
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Don't forget, we hand the Giants there asses the last time we played them in the Dome? Now they get us in their house.
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Old 11-26-2012, 11:20 AM   #5
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Yeah, we always pick them apart, and dismantle them...but I really do worry that the past few years it's "Sean Payton has the Giants number" and not "The Saints have the Giants number." So much of the game plan is him.
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It is possible, of course, at least mathematically. Our schedule is not as easy as it it might seem. We can't turn the ball the over as we did against the Whiners and expect anything good.
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I'd say we have a 30% chance at playoffs. Schedule is very difficult
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Old 11-26-2012, 12:50 PM   #8
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According to Football Outsiders, who are pretty accurate on these things, before the loss to the 9ers, we had an 8.6% total shot at the playoffs. Not to be too much of a downer, but my bet is that we are even less of a shot now. Even with 10 wins, we don't win tiebreaks with many teams.
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Old 11-26-2012, 01:20 PM   #9
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This is freakin pipe dream. Even more so than Atlanta winning a playoff game.
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Even more so than Atlanta winning a playoff game.
I guess it's truly hopeless then, LOL.
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