Where we are, where we’re going
Halfway through the season, the Saints are at 6-2, a great record. The loss at Las Vegas still stings, but the fact is we’re fortunate to have only lost two games. We’ve been in a lot of close games which hopefully will bode well for the future.
My preseason prediction had us at 6-2 at this point as well. I didn’t have us going 4-0 in any quarter stretch of the season, but we are where we thought we’d be.
Our next quarter of the season was looking to be our toughest in the preseason look in. It’s lost a bit of its bite with San Francisco having so many injuries and just not being the team we thought they’d be.
But they are still formidable and we’ll have our work cut out for us back at home this weekend.
Then we host a surging Atlanta Falcons team. Fired a coach, but playing with a chip on their shoulder. And it’s a division game. We follow that with a long road run, starting with Denver.
As long as the weather isn’t crazy we like our chances there, but honestly, this offense is built for bad weather too. Finally, to finish that quarter, we play Atlanta in Atlanta. Never like playing them twice in a two week period.
My prediction for that stretch was 2-2. I think we’re better than that today. There is no reason we can’t go 3-1 or better during this stretch.
As we look at the overall race, we are tied with the best record in the NFC. Green Bay has lost two conference games (a stat that doomed us in the tiebreaker with them last season), so we’re ahead of them and in a virtual tie with Seattle.
It’s a long way to go, but for the most part currently, we control our own destiny.