If Saints get No. 1 seed, they will have earned it

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Yes, the winner of Sunday’s showdown between the Rams and Saints will have the inside track to the No. 1 seed in the NFC. But both teams will have plenty more work to do to secure the first seed and/or a bye.

For the Rams, the trip to New Orleans will be followed by a home game against the Seahawks, a date with the Chiefs in Mexico City, a bye, visits to the Lions and Bears, and a home game against the Eagles before a soft landing against the Cardinals and 49ers.

The Saints wish they had it that easy. After the game against the Rams, the Saint face the Bengals in Cincinnati, the Eagles at home, the Falcons on a short week for Thanksgiving, the Cowboys in Dallas, and the Bucs (who beat the Saints in Week One) in Tampa.

Then comes a potentially very unlucky 13-day stretch. At Carolina on a Monday night, a visit from the Steelers the following Sunday, and the Panthers in New Orleans to end the season. That’s two games against the 5-2 Panthers in less than two weeks to end the season.

So even if the Saints hang a loss on the Rams for the first time this year (and I think the Saints will), the reward will be a second half of the season that is chock full of playoff contenders and/or heated rivals.

And with two of the last three games against the Panthers, the Saints could go from competing for the top seed to playing on the road in the wild-card round, as a surging Carolina potentially skips past the Saints to take the division title and possibly a first-round bye.

16 responses to “If Saints get No. 1 seed, they will have earned it

  1. cobrala2 says:
    November 2, 2018 at 10:39 am
    Fairly sure every #1 seeded team earned it. 😉

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    You could argue the Pats haven’t earned it the last few years. AFC is a dumpster fire.

  2. PugTheDog says:
    November 2, 2018 at 10:51 am
    cobrala2 says:
    November 2, 2018 at 10:39 am
    Fairly sure every #1 seeded team earned it. 😉

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    You could argue the Pats haven’t earned it the last few years. AFC is a dumpster fire.

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    All but a handful are NFL teams though.

  3. PugTheDog says:

    November 2, 2018 at 10:51 am

    cobrala2 says:
    November 2, 2018 at 10:39 am
    Fairly sure every #1 seeded team earned it. 😉

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    You could argue the Pats haven’t earned it the last few years. AFC is a dumpster fire.
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    Not a Pats fan. They do play in a weak division; however, when it comes to brass tax they beat the other AFC playoff teams as well as the best NFC teams more often than not.

  4. You could argue the Pats haven’t earned it the last few years. AFC is a dumpster fire.
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    That’s not even a valid argument that’s a fact

  5. I’m a Panthers’ fan, but I don’t see the team overtaking the Saints this year. Cam’s shoulder problem may well flare up, and I don’t know if McCaffrey can hold up under the beating he’s taking every week. I also think Drew Brees wants to cement his legacy with one more world championship, and I believe he has the grit in him to do just that. Anyway, however it turns out, I like the way the second half of the season is going.

  6. This is going to be an all out battle on Sunday with the Saints and Rams. Both have potent offenses but it’s going to be the team that can step up on defense that might decide this game. The Rams run d and the Saints pass D are atrocious.

  7. Keep in mind that every Rams home game is essentially an away game. I wish they were building a stadium in Anaheim near their old home: way easier to get in and out of compared to south central LA. You probably spend more time in traffic than you do at the actual stadium and there’s next to no room for tailgating.

    Even the Rose Bowl would’ve been better.

  8. Saints have had the #1 toughest schedule in the league. They’ll beat the Rams by double digits…WHO DAT!!

    Saints 37
    Rams 24

  9. I picked the Saints to be this year’s Super Bowl winner and I still think that. Have the Vet QB surrounded by a lot of talent.

  10. As a Saints fan. I think The Rams are a better built team. Our Defense hasn’t been playing the way we did last year. Our secondary is is giving up a lot of yards.

    Win or lose, this game will not determine the number one seed. There’s a lot of football left.

  11. I think this comes down to whether Dante Fowler has the kind of explosive game the Rams expect from him. If Brees is getting hammered throughout the game, I like the Rams to win. Otherwise … it’s a road game and the Rams defensive backfield is hurting. I’m kinda-sorta ok with us losing this one — it eliminates all the pressure of being undefeated.

  12. Last year, the Saints receivers struggled to get seperation against the Rams defensive backs. Payton won’t be outcoached again. Saints will give Rams first loss of the season in a convincing win bc they’re playing in the dome.

    FOR THE RECORD, this game will not clinch anything, not a playoff birth and a loss still leaves plenty of games to decide playoff seeding. It’s two NFC teams playing a game so the winner captures the tie breaker, if they finish with identical records.

    It’s a great matchup but no one’s playing for all of the marbles!

  13. I grew up in Southern California, formerly the home of the disappearing football teams. When the rams ditched us, I turned to the home team of my parents and the rest of the family: New Orleans. And they were still the ‘aints at least for the first half decade.

    All to be said, I’m not impressed by the returning Rams here in LA, and the guy who said that every Rams home game is a de facto away game is probably right. Except if this week’s game was that, I would at least be going to it. Instead, I’ll be at a local sports bar here in Long Beach in black and gold. Who dat gonna beat dem saints?

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