Good and Bad: Playoff Position
After losing to the Chiefs, the Saints are almost certainly not going to get the No. 1 seed in the NFC. That would require the Packers losing to the Bears, in addition to them winning out. I don’t know about you, but I am not exactly confident in Mitch Trubisky beating Aaron Rodgers.
Thus, New Orleans’ focus needs to be getting the No. 2 seed. If so, they are likely to face the Cardinals, who remain a very flawed team, or Chicago, who would be the dream opponent. Simply put, if they win out, they will retain their position.
If not, they will need some help, which could involve facing Russell Wilson, the Rams, or the Bucs.
Luckily for the Saints, Los Angeles lost to the Jets, which gives them an alternative path to being the No. 2 seed. Should the Rams beat the Seahawks next week, all New Orleans would need is one win.
Heck, if they win against Minnesota and Seattle loses, their Week 17 game suddenly has little leverage, which could allow them to rest their injured players, including Brees.
Oh, and it is also worth noting that the Saints have technically not clinched the No. 1 seed.
With the Bucs playing the Lions and Falcons in the final two weeks of the season, New Orleans will need a win against either the Vikings or Panthers to make sure they host a playoff game. This is not something I imagined writing a month ago.