Photo by Jonathan Bachman
The NFL is a cruel mistress. One week, she lavishes you with praise, adulation and a floundering team for you to beat into submission. The next she's suddenly smacking you around and throwing your stuff out the window, leaving you bewildered and confused and trying to figure out where it all went wrong.
But rarely are the ups and downs so drastic as the Saints winning by 31 points one week and then losing by 23 the next. Unless you're, say, the Carolina Panthers who lost by 24 points at Tampa before unleashing on the Black and Gold.
So maybe this isn't the end of the season.
It's very possible, however unlikely, that the Saints could yet turn around their season. With a win in London against the Chargers, the team could head into the bye at .500 and use the rest to propel them to a strong finish. Unfortunately, with the Saints spending their next 34 days away from the Superdome, it's possible that they'll be rendered irrelevant by the time they play their next (real) home game.
Of course, fans and the media are not pleased. Here's just a sampling of what people are saying about the Who Dats:
"The black and gold has yet to put together back to back wins this season. Now sure going win, loss, win, loss the rest of the season would get the Saints to an 8-8 finish, but at the rate the NFC is going this year, a .500 record, wont be enough to get the boys to the post season."
-Grandmaster Wang's astute calculations of the how the Saints and their division rivals need to finish to see the Who Dat boys in the playoffs is definitely the most striking argument (although, with the NFL the way it is nowadays, stranger things have happened) and DeShazier is depressing in his omniscience.
Right now the only thing Saints fans could possibly hope for is that the travel to London has completely wiped out Sunday's loss from the players' minds. Early reports suggest that the change in scenerey mixed with a transatlantic flight might serve the team well. And, if Saints fan are looking for some sort of sign, they can look to the New York Giants last year who won in London and then won the Super Bowl (hey, didn't a certain, frustrated Saint play on that team?).
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