Analyzing the New Orleans Saints stunning blowout win over Tampa Bay

Marcus Williams #43 of the New Orleans Saints (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Marcus Williams #43 of the New Orleans Saints (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) /
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It doesn’t matter if it came from luck or not, the Saints swept the Bucs, which puts them in a tremendous position to win the NFC South. According to the NBC Sports broadcast, their odds of winning the division increased to 61%; they not only have a 0.5 game lead but also now have the tiebreaker over Tampa Bay.

The division didn’t seem like a possibility at one point for New Orleans. Now, they’re in prime contention for the #1 seed in the NFC. Remember, only the #1 seed gets a bye this season, which makes it imperative they do whatever it takes to secure the spot.

Over the course of the rest of the season, the Saints play just one team with a winning record (Chiefs), though the 49ers, Vikings, and Falcons are likely better than their records would indicate.

The Bucs have a very similar schedule, but New Orleans controls their own destiny against them.

That leaves us looking at the likely winners of the NFC North and NFC West: the Packers and Seahawks.

Green Bay’s schedule down the stretch is relatively easy, and they have the tiebreaker over New Orleans, but they do have to play the Colts and Titans, and in a three-game tiebreaker, their two conference losses could cost them.

The Seahawks, meanwhile, still have to play the Rams twice, in addition to the Cardinals, and what figures to be a much-healthier 49ers team in Week 17.

Thus, there is a definite window for the Saints to sneak into the No. 1 seed. It involves them taking care of business against inferior opponents, something that hasn’t been easy for them this season, but they have a chance to run the table in the NFC if they don’t get in their own way.