Saints Playoff Picture: NOLA may be out for good
By Kristen Wong
After Week 13’s loss to the Dallas Cowboys, the New Orleans Saints are firmly out of the playoff picture.
Alvin Kamara’s return should help NOLA win a few more games this season, but as it stands, New Orleans could be out of postseason for good.
It seems like Sean Payton has simply run out of ideas. They tried Trevor Siemian, and he didn’t work out. Then Taysom Hill, and he hurt his finger. Next up is…Ian Book?
If only it worked like that.
The Saints are in for some deep introspection heading into the final slate of games as all will be must-wins if they want to regain their playoff footing.
Here’s what the current NFC playoff picture looks like after Week 13:
- Arizona Cardinals (10-2)
- Green Bay Packers (9-3)
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers (9-3)
- Dallas Cowboys (8-4)
- Los Angeles Rams (8-4)
- Washington Football Team (6-6)
- San Francisco 49ers (6-6)
IN THE HUNT: Philadelphia Eagles (6-7), Minnesota Vikings (5-7), Carolina Panthers (5-7), Atlanta Falcons (5-7), New Orleans Saints (5-7)
New Orleans Saints fall embarrassingly low in playoff picture after Week 13
To make the Saints’ postseason chances even more depressing: NOLA is directly ahead of the New York Giants and Chicago Bears.
Definitely not good company.
Week 13 saw Brady’s Bucs sail full steam ahead and pick up their ninth win while the rest of the NFC South, as you can see, are in a vicious rat race for a measly 7th seed in the postseason.
The playoff picture welcomes a few newcomers: Washington Football Team eked by to a victory over the Las Vegas Raiders and take the 6th seed. The San Francisco 49ers fell to a resolute Seahawks side (prayers to Trenton Cannon) but retain the 7th seed.
Those who also have leapfrogged ahead of NOLA include Jalen Hurts’-or rather Gardner Minshew’s- Philadelphia Eagles, after Minshew led the Birds to an exciting win over the Jets.
The Minnesota Vikings handed the Detroit Lions their first win of the season and yet they, too, are still somehow in front of the Saints.
NOLA plays the Jets next in Week 14, which should be an easy and much-needed win.
With this Saints team, though, you never know. Onward and downward goes the Saints’ 2021 season.