Sean Payton and the New Orleans Saints are in a strange position heading into Week 17 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers because the team has a plethora of playoff scenarios available, including stealing the No. 2 seed and home-field advantage.
That is an advantage the team desperately needs given how the Saints have played on the road this season.
As ESPN’s Mike Triplett reports, the Saints are happy with how the postseason seeding works, regardless of how it plays out::
“That was a big hot topic here for us in 2010,” Payton said Wednesday. “I kind of like the way it is set up right now. You might argue that we are one of the only sports with the byes. You could add a team or two wild cards. There is going to be a handful that maybe don’t make it that are playing well with good records. [But] I think, we, like anything else, we just look at the schedule, ‘What are the rules? What does it take to get in? And then let’s go compete and make sure we give ourselves a chance to do that.’
“So for this weekend, we are not really looking at the scenarios, the records. We are looking at playing our best game here [against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday]. We are coming back home, taking advantage of what we get when we play at home and playing a good football game.”
We doubt Payton will sing a different tune should it not all work out for his team, but fan outcry will of course be wild. What do you think? Is Payton right about the playoff system? Should something be changed? Let us know!
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