The Saints season was going great after last week's huge win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who are led by Tom Brady, 36-27. However, some major things have happened by losing Jameis Winston for the season with an ACL and MCL tear while losing Michael Thomas for the season because of a setback with his ankle injury. With this devastating news, a lot of unknowns remain for the Saints.

I am a hugs Saints fan, but I have doubts going forward. I feel like the teams can manage games to the best of their ability but losing two key starters of that magnitude no team can really overcome like that, but there have been examples in the past like the 2017 Eagles. In addition, the Saints have done well with backup quarterbacks such as Teddy Bridgewater and Taysom Hill. However, I don’t like those comparisons because neither one did it for a whole season.

Saints still have many tough opponents ahead such as Bills, Titans, Buccaneers, and many other teams who can score. Saints will have to be led by either Hill or Trevor Siemian, who hasn’t been a starter in 3 years, for the rest of the season. That said, I am optimistic.

It has been a long time since Siemian has been a starter, but he has experience and can manage a game and the best way to do it is by having a run game. Therefore, it is a great thing that we have a dynamic duo in the backfield like Ingram and Kamara, who were vital to an amazing 2018 Saints offense. I believe if we get the running game going like that, the passing windows will be open and complement an amazing Saints defense.

Most professional analysts do not have the Saints making the playoffs because of the injuries. There are only seven seeds in the playoffs, so there is a limited window for a lot of teams, and they must win. In the NFC, teams like the Cowboys, Tampa Bay, Green Bay, Rams, and Cardinals are given to make the playoffs and that leaves only two sports left.

I feel like the Saints will find a way to manage these football games and I have them finishing at the seven seed with a record of 10-7. Ultimately however, it is all up to the players to rise to the challenge and handle business. Sean Payton is a phenomenal coach who can gameplan well and I will put that up against any team.

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