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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; We have several games in a row that I feel as though we could win if we play well. I feel like we can conceivably win our next 5 games in a row leading up to the Panthers game as ...

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Old 10-16-2015, 02:42 AM   #1
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Getting back in the playoff race

We have several games in a row that I feel as though we could win if we play well. I feel like we can conceivably win our next 5 games in a row leading up to the Panthers game as long as the team keeps progressing.
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Old 10-16-2015, 07:54 AM   #2
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Re: Getting back in the playoff race

I do not believe the playoffs are realistic, but until the Saints are mathematically eliminated there is always hope!!!
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Old 10-16-2015, 08:27 AM   #3
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I'm not even going to talk about the playoffs (this is where someone posts the video of Jim Mora's rant, as if that's never been done before).

I'll say this, though... Our best chance to win games moving forward is by doing exactly what we did last night. I've been saying all year that Drew stands in the pocket too much. When he has an alley to step into he just stands there and gets hit. You gotta help the line as much as they help you, especially when your line isn't very good.

Sean Payton took that decision out of his hands by calling boot legs and MAKING him get out of the pocket. That gave him time and space, and he was able to get the ball 15-25 yards down the field, instead of just dink and dunk. It got he and the receivers in a rhythm, and that's what good offense is all about. Now if they could only run the ball... But this was a game where it looked like the old Sean Payton, with some imagination. Drew still can't throw the bomb, but if he will give himself time like he did tonight, he can get the ball downfield enough to get the job done.

Defensively, as I said in another thread, playing tighter coverage (particularly over the middle) is what worked, and it needs to continue. Cam played possessed, and that has to be the effort of that whole front four. They've looked dead up until last night. Still struggling to stop the run.
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Old 10-16-2015, 08:46 AM   #4
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Re: Getting back in the playoff race

Making plays makes the difference.
Actually making the catch on 3rd and long...
Actually making the tackle on 3rd and long...
The little things all game long that turn the tide.
The cover guy only has to be great when the ball is thrown his way.
His other 54 plays are insignificant in the whole scheme of things.
The forced fumbles, the sacks, the db break-ups, the Watson catches were all in the moment.
The catches could have easily been just another drop.
The fumbles could have been easily recovered by ATL because our guy was twiddling his thumbs and not attentive.
We could have once again, had 12 penalties for 95 yards and gave away 1st downs, but we didn't.
Our guys have to play in the moment and make plays...ALL game long.
All of the remaining games "CAN" be won.
Let's see if we can make some more plays.

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Old 10-16-2015, 09:04 AM   #5
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One game at a time.
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Old 10-16-2015, 09:17 AM   #6
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Re: Getting back in the playoff race

10 games left, I can see us realistically winning 6 or 7 of them.

We'd need a few good bounces to finish 8-2. Its possible but there's no margin for error.
10-6 probably gives us a 50% shot at a wildcard.
9-7 will require some luck.
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Old 10-16-2015, 03:16 PM   #7
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Re: Getting back in the playoff race

I was completely prepared for a loss to the hated clowns. After last night, I think anything is possible.
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Old 10-16-2015, 03:20 PM   #8
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Re: Getting back in the playoff race

Yeah looking at our schedule there is no reason we can't go 9-7 or maybe better. But the only ones holding us back are ourselves. We have not shown we can string 2 decent games back to back. If we can play hard and disciplined against the Colts like we did Atlanta I will believe a little more.
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Old 10-16-2015, 03:46 PM   #9
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Great win, but I'm not ready to pat Sean on the back just yet.
If we break even in the next two weeks with games like last night then we may have something.

We simply must keep the defense off the field.
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Old 10-16-2015, 08:21 PM   #10
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Just a hunch but if we score more points than the team we are playing, we should win!
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