In October, our pal Monty of Sporting News Radio’s coincidentally-named The Monty Show asked Saints running back Reggie Bush whether he believes the team can go undefeated.
“Can we go undefeated?” Bush said. “Yes. I do think we have the
players, the chemistry, we have the heart and dedication, the coaching
staff, we have the players.”
Running back Pierre Thomas offered up a similar sentiment, and quarterback Drew Brees then tried to convert their words into something that sounded far less presumptuous.
“I think what they both said was we have the discipline to
take it one game at a time, feeling like we can win each game one at a time,
and if you do that enough times, maybe you go undefeated,” Brees said.
But with 11 down and five to go, Brees is allowing himself to look ahead, while also focusing on the next opponent.
Asked during a Thursday press conference whether running the table can be added to the team’s list of goals, Brees said, “Sure, when you get this close, obviously it’s within reach. It doesn’t mean anything if you fail to focus on an opponent that’s very deserving of that. Washington is very deserving of concern for us, just because of the result the times we’ve played them and the fact it’s a road game after a big emotional Monday night victory on a short week.”
We don’t think he’s being boastful, just realistic. The Saints have looked great for most of the year, and based on their performance against the Patriots on Monday night it’s more likely than not that New Orleans won’t lose a game during the regular season..
Besides, they’ve got no margin for error, if they plan to secure home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. The one-loss Vikings lost their one game to an AFC team (the Steelers). If the Vikings win their final five and the Saints lose only once against a slate consisting of five NFC teams, Minnesota would win the tiebreaker based on the better NFC record.
So, yes, 16-0 is withing reach. And if the Vikings keep winning, the Saints will be forced to grasp 16-0 if they want to force the road to Miami through the Superdome.