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Cold Water: The Saints win, but what does it mean?

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Nov 27, 2016; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) talks to wide receiver Michael Thomas (13) after his touchdown catch against the Los Angeles Rams in the third quarter at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints won, 49-21. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 27, 2016; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) talks to wide receiver Michael Thomas (13) after his touchdown catch against the Los Angeles Rams in the third quarter at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints won, 49-21. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports /
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Nov 27, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) congratulates wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) on his touchdown reception during the fourth quarter against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Giants won 27-13. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 27, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) congratulates wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) on his touchdown reception during the fourth quarter against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Giants won 27-13. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports /

The Saints will compete with the Giants, the Redskins, the Eagles and the Vikings for a wildcard spot, if they go 10-6.

The Giants have a tough schedule. They play five teams with winning or .500 records, including the Cowboys, the Lions, and the Redskins. But they need to lose all but one of those games if the Saints want a chance at taking their wildcard spot. If they win two, they’re at 10 wins, and hold the tiebreaker over New Orleans.

The Redskins have an easier schedule. The only team they play with a winning record is the Giants. And that game is in Week 17, so if the Giants have clinched their playoff spot by then, it may be an easy win for Washington. Then again, they are a division rival. Who knows how the Giants would play it. Fortunately, after losing to the Cowboys this week, the Redskins only need one loss to fall behind a 10-6 Saints team.

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Unfortunately, there are a two NFC teams who, if they win out, would outpace the Saints for that second wildcard spot. Both the Vikings and the Eagles, who play the Packers tonight on MNF, have a shot at 11 wins.

The Vikings would need to open up with a win against the Cowboys next week. But besides that, they’ve got an easy road against four losing teams. If they beat the Cowboys they might very well be uncatchable for the black and gold.

And as for the Eagles, they’re road is probably the most difficult out of any of these teams. They’d need to beat the Cowboys, the Giants, the Redskins, the Ravens, and the Bengals, and that’s assuming they win tonight. But it’s possible. And if they win out, there’s nothing the Saints can do in the wildcard race.

What I mean to say is, the wildcard spot will be hard to claim.

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