Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Saints enter new week with even slimmer playoff hopes

Posted By on Tue, Dec 4, 2012 at 8:52 AM

It’s been a rough couple of days for the New Orleans Saints. First, the team came up short in Atlanta last Thursday night in a 23-13 loss and secondly as the rest of Week 13 played out, their playoffs chances got slimmer.

The (5-7) Saints can finish no worse than (9-7). I believe that a (9-7) team will get into the NFC playoff picture which means for the Saints to do so they’ll need to win the final four games and hope for a few teams to lose multiple games.

Saints quarterback Drew Brees and the Saints will likely be unable to overcome an 0-4 start to the season and reach the playoffs.

Tampa Bay and Minnesota both lost on Sunday falling to (6-6) but Dallas and Seattle won on Sunday. The Saints play the (6-6) Cowboys in Dallas on December 23 so a win against them would give the Saints a tie breaker over them. (7-5) Seattle beat the Bears in overtime in Chicago on Sunday for only their second win away from home. Seattle also has two more NFC wins than the Saints with four games to play. The Seahawks finish out the season by hosting Arizona, travel to Buffalo, hosting San Francisco and St. Louis.

Washington won their third in a row on Monday night football by beating the New York Giants 17-16. The Saints take on the Giants this weekend in New York. The win put the Redskins within a game of first place in the NFC East and holds the tie breaker of the Saints by virtue of their season opening win in the Superdome over the Black and Gold. Washington also has six NFC wins to the Saints three with four games to play. The Redskins finish out their season hosting Baltimore this weekend, then travel to Cleveland and Philadelphia before closing out the season hosting Dallas.

New Orleans after their trip to New York this weekend return home to host Tampa Bay, then travel to Dallas and finish out the season hosting Carolina.

BOUNTY HEARINGS FINALLY TAKE PLACE

Monday while the team went through a light practice at the team’s training facility, assistant head coach Joe Vitt and linebacker Jonathan Vilma met with former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue to give their side of the story in the bounty situation. Tagliabue is heading up this go around of hearings, interviews and decision making after current NFL commissioner Roger Goodell recused himself.

Friday in Washington D.C. Tagliabue interviewed former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams and Villma and Saints defensive end Will Smith attended the proceedings as they were allowed to hear the question and answer session.

Brad Childress was also in attendance yesterday as he testified to Tagliabue. Childress as then head coach of the Minnesota Vikings was one of the people that informed the league that he suspected the Saints had a bounty of quarterback Brett Favre.

Vilma was issued a season long suspension and Smith a four game suspension none of which has been served as of yet with four games to play.

Tagliabue’s decision could come as early as next week.

EGGER GETS EGGED

Remember the egging incident that took place last week in Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport? The Saints team bus was egged on the tarmac while waiting to depart from their arrival into the city for their game against the Falcons.

Players tweeted that their bus was under attack by eggers raining down eggs from the ramps. Well the airport investigated the matter and found it was a restaurant worker at the airport who was the culprit. The worker has resigned his job, his employee’s badge has been deactivated, and his access to the airport has been revoked. The company he works for will also be fined.

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