The New Orleans Saints, a team that plays in the South Division of the National Football Conference (NFC), have a Won-Loss record of 4-5 and are already hopelessly behind the division-leading Carolina Panthers, a squad that has won eight games without a loss.
The team from “the Big Easy” now finds itself playing for a Wild Card invitation and even that possibility seems to be fading away. New Orleans will have to win this Sunday’s road game against the Washington Redskins in order to retain a realistic chance of earning an invitation to the playoffs.
The team from the nation’s capital finds itself in a similar position. It plays in the East Division of the National Football Conference, has a Won-Loss record of 3-5 and is in third place, one-and-one-half games behind the New York Giants, a team that has already beaten it once this season.
The Redskins, like the visiting Saints, need to start winning games with regularity to stand any chance of playing football in January. This squad is now considered a long shot to get to the postseason, but it has eight games remaining on its schedule and even a modest winning streak might be enough to enable it to leapfrog squads that currently have more wins and fewer losses.
The need for wins by both teams makes this weekend’s game a critically important contest that should “bring out the best” in every athlete that gets on the field and in the game. For its part, New Orleans will rely on the “golden right arm” of Drew Brees, a future Hall of Fame quarterback who has gotten hot the past couple of weeks.
The Saints have been scoring points in bunches lately, but their defense has been giving up points with alarming ease. Their goal this Sunday will be to out-score the home team Redskins. Washington can’t match New Orleans at the quarterback position, but has a feisty defense that may be able to slow down the Saints’ surging offense.
This battle of a prolific offense against a stingy defense should be entertaining and exciting. Washington, while tough to score on, will very likely weaken and cave in late in the game if its defense is on the field too long. Of course, New Orleans may find that its defense has to play too many minutes, as well, because it lacks the ability to stop an opposing offense.
The breakdown of this game seems to indicate that the visitors from the Deep South have a clear advantage and will probably emerge victorious. But there are no guarantees in football. If there were guarantees there would be no need to actually play the game.
Washington, although seemingly outmanned, will be playing at home. And in the National Football League (NFL), squads that play before their own fans always have an advantage.
There is little doubt that the team that plays in the East Division can win this game.
Courtesy of Neworleansnews.com