EOSB: Saints have 3 ways to clinch playoff spot this weekend

EOSB: Saints have 3 ways to clinch playoff spot this weekend

Credit: (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, left, celebrates with New Orleans Saints wide receiver Lance Moore after Moore scored a touchdown on a pass from Brees in the second half of an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Sunday, Dec. 12, 2010.

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by Bradley Handwerger / Eyewitness Sports Reporter

wwltv.com

Posted on December 15, 2010 at 1:19 PM

Updated Sunday, Dec 19 at 12:15 PM

EOSB

Because I see my email inbox daily, I know how much folks are interested in the playoffs and how the Saints fit into the postseason.

Figured I’d update on clinching options for New Orleans (10-3), which has a 73 percent chance of making the playoffs as the No. 5 seed.

Three possibilities of clinching at least the No. 6 seed this weekend:

  • 1.) New Orleans beats Baltimore, Philadelphia beats the New York Giants and Detroit beats Tampa Bay;
  • 2.) New Orleans beats Baltimore, Detroit beats Tampa Bay and New England beats Green Bay;
  • 3.) New Orleans beats Baltimore, Detroit beats Tampa Bay and Minnesota beats Chicago.


For Atlanta, there are four possibilities of clinching at least a playoff spot.

The Falcons (11-2) secure at least the No. 5 seed if they beat Seattle.

The Falcons can get at least the No. 6 seed if:

  • 1.) Philadelphia beats the New York Giants;
  • 2.) New England beats Green Bay;
  • 3.) Minnesota beats Chicago.


And then there’s pesky Tampa Bay (8-5). The Bucs can’t secure a playoff spot, but they can be eliminated one way:

  • 1.) Detroit beats Tampa Bay and New Orleans beats Baltimore.


Equally as daunting for New Orleans is that they have the second-toughest schedule in the NFL to finish the season (Green Bay has the toughest). The winning percentage of the remaining three teams on New Orleans’ schedule is 73 percent.
 

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