How every Week 17 game affects the Saints’ draft position

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Oct 18, 2015; Detroit, MI, USA; Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte (22) scores a touchdown during the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Lions (6-9) at Chicago Bears (6-9)

This is another game that will affect New Orleans.  Detroit’s win-loss record (along with Arizona) plays into New Orleans’ strength of schedule, which helps decide tiebreakers.

If the Lions lose it brings that down and could help the Saints move up in draft positioning.  Fortunately for the Saints, both Detroit and Chicago have very high strength of schedules of their own (.538 and .546, respectively) which will keep either of them from leapfrogging New Orleans in draft order if they have the same record at 6-10 or 7-9.

Who to root for: Chicago, because Detroit losing helps lower New Orleans’ strength of schedule rating and helps the Saints pick higher if they lose in Atlanta.

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