My prediction from the beginning of the season was an 11-5 record and maybe win the division. Well, with the wins the Saints had, they would have won the division with an 11-5 record as long as one of those losses was not to Tampa Bay.
The Saints went 2-2 in the home stretch of the season. Not what the prediction was. But they did one better than the prediction. They finished 12-4, with two sets of back to back losses.
Two of their losses were to the top seeds in each conference. One loss was to a team playing its first game in a new stadium. And one was inexplicable.
It’s never good to lose, but I guess the loss to the Chiefs immediately after the Eagles was a way of soothing the pain of losing the first place spot. Losing just that one more game and losing the tiebreaker to the Packers – AGAIN – would have stunk.
As we look forward to the playoffs, the Saints open on Sunday with a home game against a Bears team they beat earlier in the season.
The Bears defense has been decent for a couple of seasons, but the resurgence of Mitch Trubisky is the catalyst to their rebounding from 6 consecutive losses. One would think the Trubisky led Bears would be a bit more dynamic than the Nick Foles Bears.
The hope is that we are as healthy as can be. If we can return Michael Thomas and Deonte Harris, those are huge for helping the offense and special teams.
All the RBs will hopefully be there. Kamara doesn’t need to practice to be game ready. PJ Williams has done a decent job stepping in for Marcus Williams, but it would be nice to have Marcus back to give us our full complement of DBs.
The postseason is here and the Saints need to show something for four years of regular-season success.