New Orleans Saints officially eliminated from playoff contention

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With the Seattle Seahawks victory over the Cleveland Browns and the Minnesota Vikings defeating the Chicago Bears earlier today, the New Orleans Saints are officially eliminated from the playoffs.

This marks the third time in four years that the Saints will miss the playoffs, as the team’s last taste of the postseason came back in the 2013 season. It’s been a frustrating season, to say the least. At the end of the day, you’re just left with a bunch of shoulda, woulda, and coulda. The reality is that the team’s season will be over after January 3, 2016 when they take on the Atlanta Falcons.

So, what’s left for the black and gold with three games to go? Obviously there’s pride and avoiding an actual losing season, but there are plenty of things to watch over the last few contests. Some players like Kasim Edebali, Tim Hightower, and Josh Hill could be playing for a job next season, while others like Marques Colston, Zach Strief, and Jahri Evans could be suiting up in the black and gold for the final times in their careers with the Saints.

Some fans have suggested that “tanking” the rest of the season for a higher draft choice selection should be in play, but that’s not something Payton’s crew of young men will take kindly to. A complete meltdown over the last three weeks could mean some huge changes in the Big Easy, but winning out proves to be good building blocks for the 2016 season. Also, you want complete confidence in what you’re getting out of Dennis Allen as the potential defensive coordinator for next year.

The Saints (5-8) take on the Detroit Lions (4-9) on Monday Night Football to close out Week 15 action.

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