There’s a scenario where the Saints could still make the playoffs. They’d have win out and have a ton of wacky things happen over the final four weeks of the season for that to happen.
It’s possible, but not very plausible.
That means the season is no longer about racing to the top. And while it’s also about getting to the bottom, slipping a few times wouldn’t be a terrible thing.
New Orleans is still going to try to fight its way up the mountain and get as high as it can before the timer goes off. It would be a good thing for the long-term health of this franchise if the young players keep developing and the team figures out how to cure some of its woes.
But it would also be a good thing if this team wins a minimal amount of games while doing so to improve its draft stock.
As things currently stand, at 4-8, the Saints would have the seventh overall pick in the draft.
Tiebreakers are determined by strength of schedule. So, if The Advocate’s abacus is working correctly this Monday morning, and this SBNation.com post is to be believed, this is how the current order would look:
1. Cleveland Browns (2-10)
2. Tennessee Titans (3-9)
3. San Diego Chargers (3-9)
4. Dallas Cowboys (3-8)*
5. Jacksonville Jaguars (4-8)
6. Baltimore Ravens (4-8)
7. New Orleans Saints (4-8)
8. San Francisco 49ers (4-8)
9. Detroit Lions (4-8)
10. St. Louis Rams (4-8)
Note: If the Cowboys win tonight against Washington it would improve New Orleans’ draft spot
That would put the Saints in prime position to get a quality player. New Orleans has games remaining against Tampa Bay, Detroit, Jacksonville and Atlanta.
While this team needs several players, it seems the top needs are currently at weakside linebacker, defensive end, defensive tackle, wide receiver and guard.
- Nick Underhill’s analysis: For Saints, reality is ‘filled with disappointment and confusion, depressing lows and frustration’
- Carolina Panthers stay perfect, edging the Saints 41-38 on Cam Newton’s fifth touchdown pass
- Scott Rabalais: The Panthers found a way to stay perfect … and the Saints again found a way for things to go wrong