Heading into Week 13, the Saints upped their winning streak to eight games and stayed put in the NFL Power Rankings at No. 3.
The New Orleans Saints made another statement in Week 12 with another dominant win over a lesser opponent. Pretty much everyone, besides two, seems to be lesser opponents for the Saints in the given way they are performing right now.
Although, without a quarterback, the Broncos really didn’t stand much of a chance. Even with Taysom Hill back in charge of the offense, this one got out of hand quickly. The Saints wrapped up Week 12 with a 24-3 win in Denver.
Looking at the two teams above the Saints, the Chiefs looked as powerful as ever putting it to the Buccaneers. They ended up winning 27-24 keeping a one-loss record. The No. 1 ranked team, the Pittsburgh Steelers are set to play the Baltimore Ravens on Wednesday night.
The two teams below the Saints are the Seattle Seahawks and the Buffalo Bills. The Seahawks beat the Philadelphia Eagles last night to improve to 8-3, and the Bills beat the Chargers bringing their record to 8-3 as well.
The Saints currently have a one-game lead on the No. 2 team in the NFC — the Seattle Seahawks. However, they are the only two NFC teams represented inside of the top five with the Tennessee Titans rounding it out at No. 5.
New Orleans does have a matchup with the No. 2 Kansas City Chiefs here in a couple of weeks which would shake those two spots. However, without a loss from either team till then, I doubt the top three shake at all the rest of the season.
Now, looking at the playoffs, New Orleans is definitely in the driver’s seat being the best team in the weaker division. I feel like every year we talk about the black and gold making a Super Bowl run and they disappoint every year.
Well, not this year. This year is going to be different. If New Orleans beat the Chiefs on their way to a 14-2 record, they will not only have the bye in the NFC, but they will be in control of their own destiny.