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11-30-2012, 02:09 PM
What the Faulk
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Not necessarily. The Giants/Saints game next week could be for a wildcard.
I think 9-7 is going to make it in both conferences, so they'd obviously have to win out. If they do, they'll have dealt the Cowboys their 7th loss, Tampa their 6th and New York their 5th, all currently ahead of them. Beyond that, Tampa is in Denver this weekend and still has to travel to Atlanta at the end of the season. I think they lose both.
The Giants are in Washington this weekend and after the Saints game next week, they've got two tough matchups on the road in Atlanta and Baltimore. If Washington wins at home on Monday night (very doable), New Orleans really just needs the Giants to lose either of those road games. If Washington takes care of business the rest of the way otherwise (@CLE, @PHI, DAL) with a stumble against Baltimore, they'll take the division at 9-7, and the Saints would be sitting pretty in a tiebreaker vs. the Giants.
Minnesota has a very tough schedule and I fully expect Seattle to fall off when their CBs get suspended eventually so I'm not even really factoring them in. If you want to consider either team, New Orleans' is going to have a stronger conference tiebreaker (I'm not bother to check common games right now) in all likelihood.
Do I think this happens? Probably not. I think New Orleans wins everything but that Giants' game, ending the season at 8-8.
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