The top 5 ‘Must Win’ games for the New Orleans Saints in 2017

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 18: The Minnesota Vikings defense lines up against the New Orleans Saints offense during their game on December 18, 2011 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Saints defeated the Vikings 42-20. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 18: The Minnesota Vikings defense lines up against the New Orleans Saints offense during their game on December 18, 2011 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Saints defeated the Vikings 42-20. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) /
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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – NOVEMBER 3: New York Jets Flight Crew cheerleaders perform in the 2nd half of the Jets 26-20 win over the New Orleans Saints at MetLife Stadium on November 3, 2013 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Ron Antonelli/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – NOVEMBER 3: New York Jets Flight Crew cheerleaders perform in the 2nd half of the Jets 26-20 win over the New Orleans Saints at MetLife Stadium on November 3, 2013 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Ron Antonelli/Getty Images) /

The only thing that may be positive for the Jets may be the cheerleaders. The New York Jets are the #1 must win game of 2017. The Saints have them at home too. Here are some tidbits on the Jets.

  • Former LSU standout S Jamal Adams got drafted in the 1st round.
  • Wide receiver Adarius Stewart from Alabama is gonna surprise a lot of people.
  • The Jets were ranked 30th in points given up and 28th in scoring.
  • Surprisingly, the Jets are tough against the run, only giving up 97.9 yards per game.
  • The Saints have never scored 30 points vs. the New York Jets

That last stat was shocking. In the same way, the scores from 12 games since 1972 brought up some interesting scores. Most of those games ended being a defensive battle. However, this Jets team may break that streak.

In 2016, the Jets finished with a record of 5-11. Regrettably, Jets’ fans are gonna have it harsh this year. That being said, it probably won’t be a surprise. The Jets are trying to build something. Patience is gonna be key, as the AFC East is getting a heck of a lot better. The Bills and Dolphins are getting closer to the Patriots. Conversely, the Jets are gonna lag behind for at least a year or two.

For the Saints, this game is beyond critical. They play the Jets in the third to last game of the season. Additionally, this is the only non division game in that four game span. The Saints play Atlanta twice in December and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. All things considered, there’s no way the Saints can afford to bring a clunker against the hapless Jets.

If the Saints can win these games then 2017 is gonna be great. Winning four of five wouldn’t be half bad. But anything less will be detrimental for a run at the playoffs.

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