Saints will hope to climb the playoff wall on Sunday while others could fall


November 18, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; New Orleans Saints wide receiver Lance Moore (16) celebrates with quarterback Drew Brees (9), quarterback Chase Daniel (10) and running back Mark Ingram (28) after catching a touchdown pass against the Oakland Raiders in the third quarter at Coliseum. The Saints defeated the Raiders 38-17. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-US PRESSWIRE

As the New Orleans Saints prepare to face the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, those with hopes of seeing their beloved team in the postseason will be doing some scoreboard watching this week end.

With the Saints on a roll right now, pessimistic thoughts have now turned to hope after a dismal 0-4 start has become 5-5.  While this could be considered getting ahead of the schedule, I believe in playing chess not checkers.  I know, I’m not a “take one game at a time” guy.

The Saints are currently at the “9th seed” of the playoff dream which means that they are only three spots away from being in the playoffs.  While it may be considered a lowly spot(you’ll be on the road the whole time), team like the Green Bay Packers and New York Giants have turned this into Super Bowl championships.

The playoff hunt for the Saints will need the team to not only play near perfect football, but to have some other team’s in their way stumble along the way.  Or maybe the correct term would be fall hard.

The two teams currently ahead of the Saints in the playoff picture is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers(7th seed) and the Minnesota Vikings(8th seed).  The positive is that they are only one game up on the Saints and with losses by both teams and a win by the Saints on Sunday, they can keep climbing that ladder.